Posted on : Thursday August 31, 2017

By Sharon Mager

MIDDLETOWN, Md.—“When I share my testimony, I tell people that I got saved when I was nine years old in a  little Baptist church. But it wasn’t until I was 12 that I learned what it meant to have a real relationship with Jesus. I learned that and experienced it at Skycroft,” said Mark Stephenson, pastor of Horizon Church of Towson. “After one of the evening worship services when I was at camp, I surrendered to God in a new way and my life was never the same. During the summer between my junior and senior years of high school, God called me into full-time vocational ministry. All those summers at Skycroft had an enormous impact on my life.” He returned six times as a camper and later served years as a camp leader.

“My favorite part of camp was meeting other teenagers in the area who loved Jesus. The most fun was the team activities and relays we would do at Bible studies.

“The worship services in the evening and meeting the staff were the two biggest things that impacted my life. In the evening worship services, I connected with God in a way I had never experienced before. And the staff gave me a picture, a real-life example, of what it looked like to live out my faith,” he said.

“I went back to Skycroft for Centrifuge from 7th grade through 12th grade and loved it every time,” he said.  Stephenson later became a camp staffer for four summers while he was in college.

“It was an amazing experience to have become one of the counselors that I grew up admiring so much. For two years I was a basketball coach for Crosspoint Christian Sports Camp and the next two years I was a camp director.

Stephenson said as pastor of Horizon Church he uses Skycroft as a retreat location for his leadership team. “It continues to be one of my favorite places, full of fond memories and life-changing encounters with God. “