Last week, Salvationists from across the territory gathered in the North Carolina mountains for the annual Southern Territorial Bible Conference. They were joined by special guest speakers Major Amy Reardon, Captain Andy Miller III, and Dr. Bill Ury, who led Bible sessions on a wide range of topics centering around this year’s theme, The Beauty of Holiness.
Oscar Roan spoke on the burden of leadership during the ARC evening session on Thursday which concluded with a performance by ARC staff and residents who rose to sing “I went to the enemies gates and took back what he stole from me,” as they marched out of the meeting hall. Afterward, ARC Commander Lt. Colonel Mark Bell gave a Surrender flag to the session speakers and recognized outstanding ARC Directors Majors Henry and Deborah Hudson and Sergeants Guy and Tasoula Nickum, awarding them the Major Cecil Broughton award. He also recognized Jeff Johnson of the Orlando ARC, Cadet Gavin Yeatts and Brian Smith also of the Orlando ARC as the ARC Champions of the year.
Children and teens enjoyed separate meetings throughout the week but led the main session on Friday evening with the musical Blood & Fire Works written by Bethany Farrell.
On the final evening of the conference, Commissioner Don Bell installed the new Territorial Sergeant Major (TSM) John Reeves from the Alexandria, Virginia corps and concluded the three year term of former TSM JP Long of the Danville, Kentucky Corps who said, “I prayed that God would use me in some way and over the past few years, He has done just that.” Reeves expressed gratitude as well in a brief speech made after his installation. “I never felt ready;I never felt equipped; I never felt like the right choice,” he said. “But, when God comes knocking on your door, you’ve just got to open it and say yes, and so I did.”
For more information on the conference and speakers, visit the Bible Conference 2015 page and click through the slideshow of photos taken by Major Mark Brown.