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BCF Press Release



August 7, 2015

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Elevate! Worship Arts Camp held at The Baptist College of Florida.

Thirty-four excited campers and twenty faculty members from across Florida and neighboring states participated in The Baptist College of Florida (BCF) Worship Arts Camp - Elevate! Just as the title implies, campers engaged in worship experiences to lift up the Lord in worship and to elevate or increase their abilities to lead and participate in worship through singing, playing instruments, and performing other creative expressions such as sign language, movement, and illusion.

BCF Alumnus Stephen Wolgamott, the Senior Worship Pastor at First Baptist Church Leesburg, Fla., served as the worship pastor for the week and led the music during lakeside devotions, evening worship services, and taught a course on the principles of worship leadership. Ryan Shipp, Worship Pastor at Mandarin Baptist Church in Jacksonville, Fla., served as the camp pastor, leading devotional thoughts in the mornings, preaching in the evenings, and serving as the “Camp Counselor.”

The exceptional camp faculty from churches around the area included Buddy and Tammy Goodman, Gary Medlock, Allison Johnson and Candice Horne. BCF faculty members who assisted during the camp included Professors Buford Cox, Ron Branning, Bill Knowles, Phil Shutt and Music and Worship Division Chair Bill Davis. Twelve BCF students were heavily involved in teaching classes and serving as dorm advisors, and BCF Videographer and Media Manager Jamie Settle and his crew provided technical support and taught audiovisual classes.

Added to the impressive worship experiences, campers enjoyed daily instruction on their chosen musical instrument or voice, a music reading class, classes on worship leadership, technology and creative worship expressions. Camp recreation proved to be yet another important opportunity for fellowship, with events that included a trip to a water park and a tour through a nearby cavern. In addition to these recreational outings, there was plenty of fun on the BCF campus with competitive team sports in the Wellness Center, a camper talent show, and a special performance by BCF Professor and Christian Illusionists Phillip Shutt.

The camp ended with a combined choir concert and presentations from the various worship classes. According to Davis, there was plenty of positive feedback from the campers on their exit surveys with the biggest question remaining, “What are the dates for the 2016 Worship Arts Camp?”

To learn more about music opportunities or the many programs offered at The Baptist College of Florida, call 800.328.2660 or visit the website at www.baptistcollege.edu.