Classic Bible Conference - July 15-17, 2016

Come to Classic 2016 – Help us Celebrate Sandy Cove’s 70th Year of Ministry!

2016 Classic Bible Conference

Speaker: Ron Cline

“Partners With God”

These are Peter’s last words to the early church, and strong advice for us and the church through the ages. In II Peter, he starts with becoming “partners of God’s divine nature” (1:4) and ends with “grow in grace” (3:18). In this letter we find the answers to three prayers we may be praying these days.


“Lord, I want to make a difference.” II Peter 1


“Lord, I want to finish well.” II Peter 2


“Lord, I want to do your will.” II Peter 3

Weekend Hosts: Neil Fichthorn and Bill Welte

We welcome both Neil and Bill back as a well-loved & appreciated faces of memorable “Classic” Sandy Cove years!

Musicians: Michael Faircloth and Jeff Vogan

Saturday Night Concert Artists: The King’s Brass

The King's Brass at Sandy Cove Classic

A dictionary definition of the word “classic” helps describe a Sandy Cove Classic Bible Conference Weekend: something noteworthy of its kind and worth remembering; of enduring interest, quality, or style. By the grace of God, Sandy Cove has a long history of excellent Bible teaching, inspiring music, and heartwarming fellowship enjoyed amidst a unique part of God’s breathtaking creation.

Please join us for a weekend worth remembering!


Schedule subject to change

4:00 pm  Check in
5:30  Dinner
7:00  Evening Session

7:00 am  Water Aerobics
and Lap Swimming
7:30  Morning’s First Light
8:00  Breakfast
10:00  Morning Session
12:15 pm  Lunch
1:30  Free Time
5:30  Dinner
7:00  Concert

7:30 am  Morning’s First Light
8:00  Breakfast
9:00  Communion Service
10:00  Check Out
10:15  Morning Worship Service
Noon  Lunch

What they're saying...

“Such a good experience in my life to be part of this. The first that I had been. God blessed me deeply. There were tears of joy.” Cecilia and Angelo, Elmhurst, NY

“Sense of Christian community. The music was a great encouragement as well as bringing some tears. Free time was a special time for conversation with my wife.” Bruce, Newark, DE

“Very relaxed, refreshing atmosphere, and enjoyed God’s beautiful creation here on the grounds and great connecting with and getting to know more of God’s family during meal times and meetings.” Julia, Ephrata, PA

“The whole weekend was such a blessing – my brothers and sisters in the Lord as we fellowshipped and prayed together. The music and messages lifted me heavenward.” Martha, Souderton, PA

“Speaker’s message – music was inspirational.” Herman, Lancaster, PA

“It brought laughter – good food – good spiritual food.” Richard, Mount Joy, PA

Because ClubCove is unavailable during Classic Weekend, be advised that the rates for this weekend do not include childcare. We encourage children in attendance to join you in the meetings. And isn’t that a Classic idea?!

Special Guests

Ron Cline

Dr. Ronald A. Cline challenges and edifies the body of Christ around the world. His background as a pastor, educator, counselor, missionary and author gives him credibility and rapport with the many groups and individuals he and his wife, Barbara, minister to in various countries each year.

After 7 years of church centered ministry in Southern California, Ron served as Dean at Azusa Pacific University for 10 years. The Clines’ international service began in 1976 as a short-term opportunity when he agreed to pastor the English Fellowship Church in Quito, Ecuador for two years. Those two years stretched into six years. Following that he served as the president of HCJB Global for 20 years. HCJB Global, now Reach Beyond, has media, health care and leadership development ministries in North America, Latin America, Europe-Russia, North Africa/Middle East, Sub-Saharan Africa, and Asia Pacific.

Ron and Barb currently serve as Global Ambassadors with Reach Beyond and live in Southern California. They travel from there to throughout the world.

Visit Reach Beyond’s website

Bill Welte

Bill Welte has been the President & CEO of America’s Keswick, a Christian Conference and Retreat Center, and the Colony of Mercy, since 1997. He is a conference host, popular speaker, and the creator of “Freedom Fighters,” a daily encouragement email for men. The Colony of Mercy is the oldest residential addiction recovery program in the United States, now in its 116th year of ministry.

Prior to his ministry at America’s Keswick, he served as Vice President of Ministries at Sandy Cove during Neil’s presidency. He also served as Director of Music in several churches in the Philadelphia area and managed Fox Chase Christian Bookstores for 15 years. Bill has been married to his childhood sweetheart, Jan, for more than 40 years. They have three married children, a teen-age son, Zach, and 10 grandchildren: Tanner, Lindsay (with the Lord), Emma, Samuel, Ethan, Case, Will, Weston, Wyatt and Sydney Lin.

Visit America’s Keswick website

Neil Fichthorn

Neil Fichthorn is well known to Sandy Cove “old-timers” because of his 25 year association with this ministry. He began as summer music director in 1969 while still teaching public school music. Three years later, be became full-time Director of Public Relations and Music which involved setting up large concerts in the Philadelphia, Lancaster and Baltimore areas, training large volunteer choirs and instrumentalists. During Neil’s years as music director, each summer about 40 staff musicians presented a new concert (by memory!) each Saturday evening in Palmer Auditorium, many times to capacity audiences!

When Dr. Palmer and Jack Palmer stepped aside from the daily radio broadcast, Neil was the host for several years and became the well known “voice” of Sandy Cove. Then after several years away as director of Gull Lake Bible and Missionary Conference in MI, Neil returned as President of Sandy Cove Ministries in 1990, eventually retiring in 2000. His wife, Mary Esther, was always involved in a variety of roles (from pianist to Dining Room Hostess), and the three Fichthorn children, Phillip, Barbara and Pam were on the staff from early ages until college graduation.

Michael Faircloth

Michael Faircloth is a recording artist, Christian concert pianist and veteran “Artist in Residence” at Sandy Cove for more than twenty years. He is an accomplished concert pianist who regularly blesses Sandy Cove audiences with his original arrangements of classical, traditional and contemporary Christian music. Michael’s music is impressive and powerful, balanced by his humble spirit and generous sense of humor. He currently serves as pianist/accompanist for The National Christian Choir and on Sunday mornings when Michael isn’t performing elsewhere, he serves in the music ministry at New Life Community Church in Kingsville, Maryland.

Visit Michael’s website

Jeff Vogan

Jeff Vogan, former Director of Program Ministries at Sandy Cove from 1997-2003, Director of Worship at McLean Presbyterian Church, a 1500-member congregation just outside Washington, D.C. Jeff holds a Bachelor of Music degree in Music Education from Houghton College, a Master of Arts degree in Biblical Studies from Reformed Theological Seminary, and a Doctor of Worship Studies degree from the Robert E. Webber Institute for Worship Studies. In addition to his responsibilities at MPC, Jeff enjoys his “musicianary” worship leading opportunities with Mission to the World – having served at Team Berlin’s annual retreat in Germany since 2008, as well as MTW’s 2013 Europe Area Retreat in Spain. Jeff and his wife, Debbie, have four children.

Visit Jeff’s website

Saturday Night Concert Artists
The King's Brass


TIM ZIMMERMAN – Director of The King’s Brass, Tim received his graduate degree in Trumpet Performance from the Peabody Conservatory of Music of the Johns Hopkins University, in Baltimore, Maryland. He has been a member of the Annapolis Symphony Orchestra and has assisted with a number of orchestras in the Midwest and East Coast. For thirteen years, Tim served as Chairman of the Music Department at Grace College in Winona Lake, Indiana. He has also taught at Taylor and Indiana Wesleyan Universities in central Indiana. Tim and his wife Beckie, have four grown children and live in the Pennsylvania mountains of Wilkes-Barre / Scranton.

GREGORY ALLEY – Currently, Gregory is the trumpet instructor at Calvin College and Aquinas College in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Prior to teaching, he was a member of the West Point Band in New York for twenty-three years. His music degrees are from Cornerstone University in Grand Rapids, Michigan and Michigan State University. Gregory plays in the Holland Symphony Orchestra, has been a soloist with the Dallas Symphony, Hudson Valley Bachfest Orchestra, and the Montclair Chamber Ensemble. He, his wife Deb, and their four daughters, live in Hudsonville, Michigan.

JOHN LEIBENSPERGER – John graduated summa cum laude from both Temple University (MM) and Georgia State University (BM) with degrees in tuba performance. He has performed with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, Reading Symphony, Reading POPS, and the South East Pennsylvania Symphony Orchestra. Besides having won multiple solo and concerto competitions, John founded and directed the CMSP Youth Wind Ensemble in Philadelphia, and was the conducting assistant at Tenth Presbyterian Church. John and his wife Lola live in New Haven, Conneticut, where he is an Artist Diploma Candidate and teaching assistant at the Yale School of Music.

DANIEL LEWIS – An active freelance musician and teacher, Daniel currently holds the third trumpet position with the Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra. He has also performed with the Richmond Symphony Orchestra in Virginia. Daniel received his Master of Music degree in performance from the Cleveland Institute of Music and his undergraduate degree from Cedarville University in Cedarville, Ohio. Daniel lives in Dayton, Ohio where he is an avid Ohio State Buckeye fan.

DANIEL MORRIS – Dan is a freelance bass trombonist from Northern Colorado, having done his musical studies at Mesa State College and Colorado State University. A versatile player, he has performed in a variety of settings from chamber orchestras to Broadway shows. He is a founding member of the Cierzo Brass Quintet and principal bass trombone with the Denver Philharmonic. Dan was recently featured as a soloist with the Philharmonic. He also finds time to be a member of the Loveland & Mahlerfest Orchestras. When not in a rehearsal, a performance, or driving to either, Dan enjoys biking and hiking the Colorado Rockies with his wife Emily.

RACHEL PARK – A native Korean, Rachel is pursuing Doctoral of Musical Arts at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Fort Worth, Texas where she received the Master of Music / Piano Performance degree. She served the Pilgrim Ensemble of Korea as pianist for seven years touring Thailand, China, Korea, Iraq, Kuwait as well as Carnegie Hall, NY, Crystal Cathedral, CA, and at the Korean Embassy in Washington D.C. She was winner of the 2011 Piano Texas International Academy & Festival Concerto Competition and has soloed with Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra. Rachel and her husband Ezra, are proud parents of their lovable three year old son, Isaac.

TIM PERRY – Tim received his Bachelor’s degree in music education from Indiana Wesleyan University. He was a four-year member of the Blue Stars Drum and Bugle Corps playing snare drum. Tim also has a snare drum world champion title earned from the 2010 Percussive Arts Society International Convention marching snare drum competition. Tim recently completed his Master of Music degree in percussion performance at the Jacobs School of Music within Indiana University in Bloomington, Indiana. Tim is an active freelance musician and has performed numerous times with the Marion Philharmonic Orchestra.

ANDREW REICH – Andrew received a Master of Music degree in Trombone Performance from the University of Georgia as well as receiving an undergraduate trombone performance degree from the University of South Carolina. Currently living in Columbia, South Carolina, Andrew is an active free lance musician and teacher. When not working, he enjoys everything outdoors including whitewater paddling and other thrill seeking endeavors.

JIHYE SHIM – Jihye received her Master of Music degree in trombone performance from the Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music. She is from South Korea, where she did her undergraduate studies at the Seoul National University. Jihye has been a member of the Gwang-Myeong Symphony Orchestra, Virtuoso Trombone Quartet and Spirit Ensemble Brass Quintet. She is also an educator, having been a graduate teaching assistant at the University of Cincinnati, orchestra director at Baek Hyan & Han Young Middle Schools, and music coach of the Green Pasture Brass Band. Jihye and her husband Wooram, are newly married and living in Cincinnati, Ohio.

Visit The King’s Brass website


All rates are per person and include two nights lodging, six meals, program, concert and activities. ClubCove is unavailable during Classic Weekend so be advised that childcare is not included in the rates.

Chesapeake Lodge
Rates begin at $185 per person.

Quad occupancy
Triple occupancy
Double occupancy
Single occupancy

Most rooms have two twin beds and one queen size bed, so triple occupancy allows for each person to have their own sleep space.

Treat yourself to an upgraded room!
Ask about beautiful bay view rooms and 2 room suites – a few with Jacuzzis!
Upgraded charge is per room, not per person

Looking for a slightly different Retreat? Try our campground!

Log Cabin: $580 per family
Rustic Cabin: $396 per family
RV Site: $79 per person
Tent Site: $69 per person
Full meal package (Friday dinner through Sunday lunch) may be added to the above campground rates for $88 per person. (already included in lodge packages).

Financial hardship? Partial scholarships may be available.

Modest swimsuits are required…baggy trunks for guys, one-piece for girls of all ages!

10% military discount for all program events for ALL military personnel.
This discount is available to any member of the armed forces, any branch and their immediate family members living in their household.