130th Smith Island Camp Meeting starts July 31 with gospel music groups featured

The Wilson-Butler Tabernacle, site of Smith Island Camp Meeting.

The Wilson-Butler Tabernacle, site of Smith Island Camp Meeting.

The simple interior of the Wilson-Butler Tabernacle keeps parishioners focused on the message and music of the annual Camp Meeting.

EWELL — The 130th Smith Island Camp Meeting is July 31 through Aug. 7 at the tabernacle in Ewell with The Freemans the opening musical entertainment 2 and 7 p.m. on Sunday, July 31. On the final day, Sunday, Aug. 7, The Bowling Family will sing also at 2 and 7. Bryan Tyler from Crisfield will lead the song service for the week. During the weekdays the service is at 7 p.m. Monday through Friday, and Vacation Bible School is taking place also at 7. There is no service on Saturday, Aug. 6.


On opening day, the testimony meeting begins 10 a.m. with morning worship at 10:30 with Pastor Labron Palmer of Living Hope Ministries in Crisfield presiding. The Freemans will sing at 2 and 7.

The Freemans open the 130th Camp Meeting, singing at 2 and 7 p.m. July 31.

The Freemans open the 130th Smith Island Camp Meeting, singing at 2 and 7 p.m. Sunday, July 31.

The Freemans are

a powerful presence and present a timeless message made forever new. This family is deeply rooted in more than three decades of singing Southern Gospel, and has many accolades and awards including seven No. 1 songs on the Singing News charts as well as over 20 Top 10 songs.



This family has more than 25 albums, and its 2010 hit “Three Rugged Crosses” was Song of the Year earning the Singing News Fan Award.


Darrell is the patriarch, and leads the group with his wife Chris. Their marriage is firmly planted in the commitment of their love relationship with God and with one another. They have imparted their gifts of music and servant leadership to their children, Misty and Caylon, who both travel full-time with their family.

The Bowling Family

The Bowling Family close the 130th Smith Island Camp Meeting 2 and 7 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 7.

Misty now has a family of her own with her husband, Bryce, and Adelaide and the newest addition, Lincoln. Caylon is enjoying the benefits of his calling and career as an accomplished musician, devoted band member, and singer as well. Misty and Caylon are committed followers of the Christ they sing about each night.


Joe Freeman, Darrell’s cousin, brings the fullness of The Freemans full circle. Joe is an amazing keyboardist and has a distinctive voice which blends perfectly with every song The Freemans sing. He solidifies what every gospel music lover waits to hear, harmony at a premium. His gentle spirit and genuine heart are truly one of a kind.


The final day of Camp Meeting is Sunday, Aug. 7 and Pastor Labron Palmer returns to preach at 10:30 a.m. with The Bowling Family singing at 2 and 7. This talented group consists of Mike Bowling, his wife Kelly, their daughter Hope and long-time friend Troy Peach. They combine talent, sincerity and experience in celebration of the Christian message.


The Bowling Family has appeared on the Gaither Homecoming series concerts and videos, TBN, during Gospel Music Week’s Dove Awards, at GMA’s Seminar in the Rockies and numerous other major events. Their debut release, Faith To Believe, has garnered a record four number one songs (“We Have A Saviour,” “Your Cries Have Awoken The Master,” “A Miracle Today” and “Notified”), as well as the 2008 Song of the Year (“Your Cries Have Awoken The Master”).


This family has 23 No. 1 songs, three Grammy nominations, 19 Dove Award nominations and 11 Dove Awards including multiple “Song of the Year” wins for Country, Southern and Traditional gospel.


To arrange getting to Smith Island, contact the Island Belle II, 410-425-2422; Capt. Jason, 410-425-5931; or Capt. Jason II, 410-425-4471. For other details contact Darlene Parks, 410-425-2002 or Otis Tyler, 410-425-2422.

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