Just a few of the people who are working to make Campmeeting 2019 an exceptional week

Runks Runkles, Evangelist


Runks has a passion for Christ and a passion for people.  A true evangelist at heart, he has a deep desire to preach the Good News of Jesus Christ to this crazy world we’re living in. Runks is a master at communicating the Gospel with clarity, relevance, and depth. His passion for the Gospel, knowledge of the Word of God, and off the charts energy will inspire your students and adult to love Jesus, follow Jesus, and share Jesus!  He absolutely believes that the power of the Gospel is still the power of Gospel and no matter how crazy antagonistic our culture may seem to be towards the Gospel it is still the power of God for salvation for all people. So Runks, in his own unique way, unashamedly and refreshingly preaches the Gospel with passion and relevance.  However, Runks’ message is not just about getting saved (trusting Christ), it’s about being saved (finding your identity in Christ), living saved (growing in relationship with Christ), and getting more people saved. etc. etc. etc. etc. ad infinitum


Pastor Ed Van Arsdale, President

Ed is currently the Pastor of Richmond United Methodist Church in Bangor, PA.  He also served as Youth Pastor at Grace United Methodist Church for many years.  Ed brings a lot of energy and enthusiasm to our Camp Meeting, and we welcome him as he takes the reigns as our Camp Meeting President. 


Dr. Joanne Leight, Youth Director

Jo has served as the Youth Director at Highland since 1994.  She grew up at Highland and has previously served in the kitchen, as a counselor, and as a bible study teacher.  She is Associate Professor of Physical and Health Education at Slippery Rock University. She also serves as Assistant Chair of her department, and NCAA Faculty Athletic Representative for the University. Originally from Perkasie, she currently lives in Grove City, PA.  She has not only published her own book, but she also knocks the ball out of the park in softball!