Camp Wesley's history spans 80 years. As early as 1936, a small group of Christians organized by Mr. M.C. Scercy erected the first arbor on the property of G.L. Rogers in rural Rowan County, North Carolina.
In 1946, M.C. Scercy's nephew, Rev. William Scercy, felt led of the Lord to organize a camp meeting board. Several selected men with interest in beginning a camp meeting gathered at the home of Mr. Ray Daniels of Kannapolis, NC on September 6, 1946. The motion carried to name the camp, "Camp Wesley Interdenominational Holiness Camp".
The first camp meeting was held August 1-10, 1947. The group soon purchased a five-acre plot of land from Mr. G.L. Rogers, still the current site of Camp Wesley. The first permanent buildings on the grounds were a 60' by 80' open-air tabernacle and a small dining hall. Today, nine buildings cover the Camp Wesley grounds including a new fellowship center completed in 2006.
With an eye toward the future, the Camp Wesley board purchased an additional five acres adjoining the property with plans for recreational areas, an additional dormitory and RV/camper space. To further aid in Camp Wesley's development, an additional tract measuring 140 by 150 feet adjacent to the camp was donated to Camp Wesley during the 1999 Camp Meeting.
Mike Jester, Camp President, and the Camp Wesley directors look forward to many years of continued ministry in the community.
Welcome to Camp Wesley, established in 1947, we are located between Kannapolis and Mooresville, North Carolina. Camp Wesley is an interdenominational camp. In June of each year, we hold a camp meeting which is held for 11 nights. Camp meeting begins on Thursday and continues for the next week and a half ending on Sunday. Most of those in attendance travel in each evening from the surrounding areas. However, there are some people that choose to bring their camper and stay on-site. For a nominal fee there are campsites available with hookups.
Details about this year's camp schedule and guests for camp 2019 can be found on the 2019-20 Plans page.
Youth Camp is a highlight for Camp Wesley. Youth arrive on Sunday and stay on the campgrounds for six nights, leaving on Saturday around noon. Rev. Todd Hinson is our Youth Ministries Director. Todd and those that work with him plan a wonderful camp experience for the youth. Visit the Youth page for the details on youth camp and for online camp registration and forms.
Children also have a blast at Camp Wesley! Each night during the services, children ages 3 through 11 have worship services of their own. Rev. Stephanie Young is our Children's Ministries Director. Stephanie and a fantastic team of adults and teens love working with the children and planning active worship services for them. Check out the details on the Children's page.
2019 will be our fifth year for Camp Juniors, and we've expanded the ages to include six year olds! Dates this year are June 20-22. Get the details on the Children's page and register for camp. Volunteers, adult and teens ages 12 and older, can register for cabin leaders, activities, camp nurse...you name it. We're looking forward to another camp with loads of fun and faith building!
Our camp meeting is an 11-day event in June for every member of the family. Current plans are underway. Past schedule of speakers and service times can be found here as well as some of our past recorded sermons and brochures.
Camp Wesley is full of life all year long! Find out what is happening this month or this week even. There is always room for your event, too. Call or email us about renting the facilities for reunions, weddings, church retreats and camps.
There are several events planned for our youth throughout the year - summer camp, a spring retreat and a fall retreat. Online registration and printable forms are available plus more information about about camps and retreats.
The following is from Rev. Trent Patterson, "The ministry of Camp Wesley is going strong and the future looks bright. However, there are a few recent changes the Camp Board of Directors would like to make you aware of. Earlier this year I decided it was time to step down as the president of Camp Wesley. I had served in the position for over 21 years and felt like it was time for a fresh face and new ideas. I announced my decision in May, and the board and executive committee began to pray for the changes in leadership that needed to take place. On August 14, 2018 the board met and Michael Jester was elected as the new president of Camp Wesley. I was elected as treasurer to replace Mike in that role. I wholeheartedly support Mike in this new position. He has a new vision and dreams for Camp Wesley that will help propel the ministry into the future. Please pray for us as we continue to work together for the Kingdom of God. God bless each of you."
And we, as the Board of Directors, want to thank Rev. Patterson for the many years of dedication, passion and service he poured into Camp Wesley and the people it represented. He has been a blessing to us all. God bless you, Trent!
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Each night of camp meeting, our 3-11 year olds have a worship service. We also offer a two-night overnight camp for 6-11 year olds. Online registration and printable forms are available for campers and volunteers.