Fred CraddockFred Craddock, Candler’s Bandy Distinguished Professor of Preaching and New Testament, Emeritus, will deliver the sermon at the Meridian Herald’s Higher Ground Camp Meeting, Saturday, August 17 at 5:00 p.m. at Epworth United Methodist Church in Epworth, Georgia.

Held outdoors at Epworth’s historic meeting grounds in the North Georgia mountains, the 16th annual Camp Meeting will feature old-time preaching, singing, and prayer. Steven Darsey and the Meridian Chorale will provide music.

Craddock is the Founding Preacher Laureate and Emeritus of the Meridian Herald, an organization that “seeks to challenge the church and society to higher ideals of creativity and moral purpose” through worship, music, lectures, and storytelling that hold close to the traditions of the past while forging a connection with the present.

Camp meetings, which began in the early 19th century in the frontier south, utilized itinerant preachers to deliver a worship service to communities that were widespread and without a church building.

Known for his remarkable preaching, Craddock was named one of the 12 best living preachers by Newsweek magazine. He is the author of several books, and the director of the Craddock Center, a non-profit organization serving southern Appalachia, and an ordained minister in the Disciples of Christ church.

Admission to Camp Meeting is free, no registration required. An offering will be taken. For more information, visit or