Greetings from Roxbury!


I’m in Roxbury, Pennsylvania, today, to attend a few sessions at the annual Roxbury Holiness Camp meeting.

Roxbury Holiness Camp circa 1937

Roxbury Holiness Camp circa 1937 (Brethren in Christ Historical Library and Archives)

This is only my second time attending Roxbury Camp, one of the longest-lasting Brethren in Christ gatherings in the U.S. The camp meeting began in 1935, during the heyday of such events in conservative Protestant Christianity.

The Brethren in Christ were not unique in their launching of a camp meeting, but the establishment of the annual event was historic for the Brethren in Christ, as it represented the whole community’s mutual acceptance of the doctrine of second-work holiness, which was the hallmark of other camp meetings.

Today, I attended the morning “worship and testimony” service in the Roxbury tabernacle (pictured above), with Ken Hoke — current bishop of the Susquehanna Conference, and my former pastor at Carlisle Brethren in Christ Church — as the speaker.

This afternoon, I’ll be attending one of several workshops being offered at this year’s meeting.

To learn more about the history of Roxbury camp, click here or here. To learn more about this year’s camp meeting, click here.

About Devin Manzullo-Thomas

Father to Lucas. Husband to Katie. Prof and administrator at Messiah College. PhD student at Temple University. Member of Grantham BIC.
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