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.
Finding Purpose When Life Doesn’t Make Sense
You thought you knew God’s will. Then life went in an opposite direction. That detour causes some to walk away from God. Others, like Joseph, draw near. And that choice can make the difference between disappointment and destiny. Learn to read between the lines of your life as we explore Joseph’s life. God is writing an epic story, and you are part of it. Discovering your place in that story can transform your life—and the lives of many others—forever.
Joseph & His Family, Joseph & His Choices, Joseph & His Legacy
Schedule subject to change
4:00 pm Check in
7:00 Evening Session
7:00 am Water Aerobics
and Lap Swimming
7:30 Morning’s First Light
10:00 Morning Session
12:15 pm Lunch
1:30 Free Time
7:00 Reunion Concert
7:30 am Morning’s First Light
9:00 Communion Service
10:00 Check Out
10:15 Morning Worship Service
“Enjoyed the whole weekend! Great time connecting with old friends! Enjoyed the activities, speaker and food!”
Elizabeth, Lincoln, MA
“The music and messages so ministered to my heart!” Adrienne, Bowie, MD
“We always look forward to this wonderful weekend. It just goes by too quickly. We also love the wonderful Christian fellowship with our brothers and sisters in the Lord.”
Martha, Souderton, PA
“During worship, the music is always uplifting and inspiring. As a pastor, I am thankful for the Word to feed my soul.” Bernard, Lewistown, PA
“The weekend was well organized and the worship and teaching was excellent with well chosen speakers. Very relaxing.” Barbara, Shendoah Junction, WV
“The speaker digging into God’s Word was great!” Sharon, Reisterstown, MD
For more than two decades, Phil Tuttle has been a vital member of the Walk Thru the Bible family. While pastoring in central Illinois, he began teaching Walk Thru the Bible’s live events in 1988 and then moved to Atlanta in 1992 to serve full time as Dean of Faculty. He later served as Senior Vice President for International Ministries and Global Teaching Pastor before becoming President and CEO in 2007.
A native of Normal, Illinois, Phil received his Bachelor of Arts degree in Christian Education and Bible from Wheaton College in 1980 and his Master of Theology degree in Christian Education from Dallas Theological Seminary in 1984.
As President of Walk Thru the Bible, Phil continues to share God’s Word throughout the world in churches, Bible conferences, Christian education conventions, and corporate gatherings. He is the author of Raise Up a Child and Crucible: The Choices that Change Your Life Forever.
Phil is also deeply involved in his home church, The Bridge, in Lawrenceville, GA where he serves as one of the teaching pastors. His unique blend of biblical instruction, real-life illustrations, and spontaneous humor makes learning easy and enjoyable.
Phil and his wife, Ellen, have two adult children, Emily and Philip.
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.
We welcome Neil back as a well loved & appreciated face of memorable “Classic” Sandy Cove years!
Paul Pitts has now sung over 5500 performances on 7 continents, to over 5 billion people by television, radio, and personal appearances. Paul was the soloist for the “Concert of Peace” in Belfast Ireland, uniting North and South Ireland, held at the Waterfront Arena. He has sung for the President of the United States, the Queen of England, and members of the Royal Family. He was the soloist for the 60th Anniversary television special celebrating Israel’s 60 years of Statehood.
He has appeared on “Focus on the Family” with James Dobson, and “In Touch” with Charles Stanley, in addition to the Indianapolis Cruised with Billy Graham. Paul uses his voice to comfort those who are ill, those who have lost loved ones, those who have bitterness in their life, and those who are hurting. Dr. Pitts sings with a compassion for people. St. Petersburg Times quoted Paul as saying, “If I can touch someone’s heart with the love of God I will have lived out my purpose for living”.
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.
All rates are per person and include two nights lodging, six meals, program, concert and activities.
Rates begin at $179 per person.
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: $556 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 $85 per person. (already included in lodge packages).
Don’t let finances keep you away – scholarships are available – up to 50% provided through generous donations!
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.