2008-08-12 / Life

Methodist Camp Meeting on tap

The Rev. Stan Cosby
The Rev. Dr. Stan Cosby of St. Stephen United Methodist Church of Amarillo is the evangelist for this year's Methodist Camp Meeting set Thursday through Sunday at the Methodist Campground on Cherokee Creek in San Saba County.


Gospel singer Johnny Ray Watson will be the guest vocalist.

This year will mark the 150th consecutive camp meeting, and members of Bend United Methodist Church are hosting the special celebration.

Cosby is a native of Canyon where he graduated high school. He earned a bachelor of arts in religion from McMurry College in Abilene and a master of divinity from Asbury Theological Seminary in Kentucky.

In 1994, Cosby earned a doctor of ministry from Oral Roberts University in Tulsa, Okla.

He has served churches in Texas, Kentucky and Oklahoma, and his ministry has taken him to India, Russia, Ghana, Mexico, Peru, Lebanon, Nigeria, Malawi, Thailand, Sri Lanka, Guatemala and Kenya.

Cosby, senior pastor of St. Stephen UMC, is an active speaker for Walk to Emmaus. He also assists with youth camps, Bible conferences and holds an office in the Methodist Conference, in addition to finding time for numerous revivals.

Johnny Ray Watson
Besides his interest in ministry and evangelism, Cosby's special interests include American Indian lore and tradition, Celtic history and culture, and Military history, including the Civil War, WWII and Vietnam.

Cosby preached at the Methodist Campground in 1990. He is married to Susan Carson, a descendant of the Tate family, one of the camp meeting's founders.

The couple have three children and seven grandchildren.

Watson will bring his southern style of Gospel music to the event.

Reared in Lorenzo (population 1,500) by Christian parents, Watson has known Jesus as his savior since 12.

He committed his life to a fulltime evangelistic music ministry, drawing his inspiration from the ministry of his great-grandfather, the Rev. Joe Street, co-founder of the first African-American church in Lorenzo.

For the past 35 years, Watson has been the featured artist of some of America's greatest music ministries, including the Billy Graham Crusades, America for Jesus rallies, Moody Bible Institute, Bill Glass Prison Ministries and numerous churches.

Watson's itinerary has included appearances in Asia, Europe, South Africa, the Middle East and the Caribbean.

Recently, the gospel singer served as artist-in-residence and musical ambassador at Riverbend Church in Austin.

He lives in Bastrop with his wife, Brinda, and family.

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