In November 2016, the Baptist General Convention of Oklahoma (BGCO) unveiled a new book celebrating the 100th anniversary of Falls Creek called 100 Years of Falls Creek: A Legacy of Faith. As of Jan. 1, 2017, more than 1,000 copies of the 120-page, hardback book have been sold.
Researched and written by Dana Williamson, retired associate editor of the Baptist Messenger, and designed by Oklahoma City graphic artist, Rick Boyd, who has done numerous publicity pieces for both the BGCO and Southern Baptist Convention entities, the “coffee table” book commemorates Falls Creek’s 100-year anniversary through 272 photographs, a timeline and short testimonies from people whose lives were changed at the camp.
The book also includes brief features on notable preachers and musicians, who helped make Falls Creek successful, as well as memorable pieces on the subjects of dress code, swimming and other recreation, first aid and tent city.
The book is divided into eras for easy reading, beginning with the founding of the camp, The Beginning in 1917; Establishing a Thriving Encampment (1918-29); Pre-War Growth (1930-45); Post-War Blessings (1946-1969); Continuing the Tradition (1970-1995); Building Toward the Future (1996-2016); 100 Years and Counting (2017).
“We are so thrilled by the response of Oklahoma Baptists and others to this beautiful book, which is a remarkable pictorial and written story of the mighty work of God at Falls Creek,” said Anthony L. Jordan, executive director-treasurer of the BGCO.
The book has been endorsed by prominent Falls Creek alumni, including John Bisagno, Hance Dilbeck, Tom Elliff, Willa Ruth Garlow, Bill Green, Andy Harrison and U.S. Sen. James Lankford.
Copies are still on sale for $25 each and can be ordered online at www.fallscreek.org/book or by calling 405/942-3800 Ext. 4361. Supplies are limited.