Monday, November 16, 2015

Morrison Park Memorials in Memory of Thelma Daniels, and George Christy

Two Morrison Park Memorials have been made in honor of Thelma Daniels and George Christy, from Dannie R. Daniels. We are so thankful for these memorial contributions for Morrison Park, in memory of these wonderful people. Thank you Mr. Daniels for helping us, by honoring your loved ones. God Bless You. Gary Bewley

Monday, November 9, 2015

Donations To New Morrison Park Tabernacle Fund

A fund raising drive which began in June 2015 for a new tabernacle at Morrison Park has been very successful. The fundraising drive will continue through the Spring of 2016 when work on the Tabernacle is set to begin. If you have not supported this cause, I pray you will consider helping. Morrison Park belongs to everyone in Barren County, so we must all do our part to preserve it.
The following people have made donations to the Tabernacle Fund, and we are so very grateful and thankful to these tremendous people and these precious churches for their generosity. We love you all and cannot tell you how much your contributions means to our efforts.

Lou Jackson  (Louisville KY.)
Bruce and Joyce Richey
Lanny Whitlow
Robert L. Knott (Bellevue NE.)      
Dannie R. Daniels (Louisville KY.)
Bob and Donna Rich                        
Gale E. Renner  (Batavia IL.)
Siloam Baptist Church                      
Temple Hill Baptist Church
Martha and Stephen Jones                
Geraldine Dennison
Lou Jackson (Louisville KY.)          
Ada Christy
Wandaline McCoy                          
Debbie Powell
Bro. Dale and Liz Copas                  
Dover Baptist Church (Etoile)
James and Olene Richey                  
Howard Perkins
Mike Hudspeth                                  
Bro. Timothy and Michelle Shirley
Bro. Billy and Mable Moran            
Elizabeth Bruner  ( Louisville KY.)
Maxene Underwood                          
Eugene R. Hack (Louisville KY.)
Gerald Dean and Patricia Taylor      
Col.Carroll and Ann Bewley (Tallahassee FL.)
Danny Simmons                                
William Earl and Nell Bowles
Virginia Houchens                              
Rollin and Shirley Bacon
Bethal Methodist Church (Hwy 90 Glasgow)    
Gary Bewley
Gina Lyon                                                          
Joey Crews

Other contributions to Morrison Park since Dec, 2014,

Barren River Rod and Gun Club        
Carl and Mary Lou Jackson (numerous donations)
Al Sharber (Louisville , KY.)              
Joseph and Beverly Smallwood (Salem IN.)
Eugene R. Hack (Louisville KY.)        
Steven and Katherine Jackson  (Nashville TN.)
Thomas and Kathy Hassee (Norwalk OH.)    
Cheryl L. Goddard (Louisville KY.)
Kristy Brawand (Clarksville IN.)          
Golden Oldies (Temple Hill KY.)
Maxene Underwood                              
Marshall and Mary Wagoner

Also, Ricky Spillman for special help and donation concerning dozer work at the Park.
          Tony Clemmons , labor, and various materials, (electrical Work)
          Lowe's, (discount on many items during the electrical work.)
          Buck Riddle, (carpentry work at the park)
          Bob and Edie Bell ( providing and caring for the beautiful flowers on the grounds.)
          Matt Mutter, Roger Gentry and The Barren County Correctional Center Work Program, for  
          mowing the park.
So many others have given to Morrison Park, whom we have previously thanked. But we want to say  "Thank You " again,  to everyone that has help in every way. God Bless You All, and please never stop helping us and praying for the success of the Park. Love to All, Gary Bewley

Thursday, October 22, 2015

"Mourner's Bench", they don't have them anymore. WHY?

    An elderly man pulled up beside me yesterday and began to talk. In his conversation he mentioned how his church used to have what they called a "Mourner's Bench". He said, "you know they don't have one anymore. " My question to him was "WHY?"
    People used to go to the mourner's Bench and find REAL SALVATION. They stayed on their knees whether at church or at home and sought the Lord till true conversion came. These people were Born Again and had a testimony they had received the promised Holy Spirit which gives absolute assurance. Now people are talked into "Accepting Jesus", and "Making A "Decision for Christ." Decision is not conversion. Jesus said "Except A Man Be Born Again, He Cannot See The Kingdom of God." This is most serious. If your church doesn't have one, tell your pastor and deacons, "we need a mourner's bench," and stop this mental decision stupidity that is victimizing our children and giving innocent people a false hope. "Heartfelt Salvation", you had better have it, or you have nothing.
    Get the NEW, FREE book, "Heartfelt Salvation to learn more, and recall the truth about real conversion. Gary Bewley

Tuesday, September 8, 2015


    "HEARTFELT SALVATION", my new book, is now available and it is absolutely FREE. This is a ministry the Lord has directed me to do, and has been in the works for over a year. The book is a fresh, common sense approach concerning scripture and testimony dealing with the true workings of God's Holy Spirit who provides the absolute assurance of eternal life. "Heartfelt Salvation," and "The Old Time Religion" has been harshly ridiculed by many modern day churches, and the day ...seems fast approaching when it will be much more difficult to find churches who will preach the truth about true spiritual salvation. The confusion, misinterpretation, and deception is so great. I pray these reflections on God's word and the genuine testimonies of God's saints will forever instill in your hearts and minds, that Spiritual heartfelt salvation is real, and the only way to be reborn and enter the Lord's heavenly home. The book is soft cover, 43 pages and a wonderful witnessing tool for those who wish to help share heartfelt salvation with others. Also available is a six page pamphlet (condensed version of the book) which serves as a great witnessing tool. This subject is most serious and most important. Send for your free book or pamphlet today, and please pray for this effort. God Bless. Gary Bewley , Write Gary Bewley 2731 Tompkinsville Rd. Glasgow, Ky. 42141, or email

Thursday, July 16, 2015

Time For A Tabernacle At Morrison Park

A Barren County Historical Landmark Needs Your Help!
               Morrison Park Holiness Camp-Meeting Site

The Morrison Park Holiness Camp-Meeting ground on Highway 63 near Glasgow has been under restoration for almost five years. The Camp-Meeting was established in 1900 by famed Methodist and Holiness preacher, Henry Clay Morrison (1857-1942). Morrison was a nationally known minister, preaching all over the country and various parts of the world. In addition to his preaching, Morrison edited and published a major religious publication and twice served as President of Asbury College in Wilmore, KY. In 1926, he founded the Asbury Theological Seminary and was once named one of the top twenty five ministers in America. William Jennings Bryan called Morrison “the greatest pulpit orator on the American Continent.” Morrison was brought to Barren County at age two and was raised by his grandparents here and saved in near-by Boyd’s Creek Methodist Church.

Rev. Henry Clay Morrison
The camp-meeting was an annual two week event that drew hundreds and even thousands in its zenith. Many people traveled great distances and camped on the grounds with tents and later cottages that were built. The camp-meeting continued until the mid-1990s. However, deterioration of the park, along with the storm damage that took down the tabernacle ended active services. The park lay in ruins for approximately fifteen years.

In December 2010, a group of dedicated citizens began an effort to restore what was left of the park. In the past four and a half years, much of the grounds have been cleared and cleaned. The two original log cabins have been remodeled and stand in good repair. Last year, the restroom building was remodeled providing all new fixtures, along with a new septic system. In spring of this year, (2015) work began on a new electrical service for the park. This work has just been completed. The largest log structure on the grounds is the library cabin, built under the direction of Morrison. The cabin actually served as a working library for the community in the mid 1930s. This building has been restored to a church/chapel type facility to provide for smaller services, meetings and weddings. In May 2014, Morrison and the park were awarded a Kentucky Highway Historical Marker. Funding for this project was provided by the Barren County Historical Society.

                  Morrison Park , May 2014 at the Dedication of the Kentucky Historical Marker

 Morrison Park is not privately owned but was given to the people of Barren County by Henry Clay Morrison and his wife in 1930. The park was placed under the control of a Board of Directors who has maintained the park throughout the years. Morrison Park is not a church therefore it has no membership. There is no outside funding for the park and thus far, no grants have been made available. All monies used to restore the park have been obtained through fundraising events and by the generous donations of many people, churches and various organizations. To date, all the projects mentioned have been paid for and we have no debt. Several people have also given their time, labor and energy for the restoration of the buildings and of the grounds.

Now We Need Your Help!
The first stages of the restoration effort has now been accomplished and we at Morrison Park feel there is a great need to rebuild a tabernacle structure similar to the one erected by Morrison. The original tabernacle was a large wooden, open air structure. It seated several hundred people and provided adequate facilities to preach God’s Word in a revival /church type atmosphere. We feel a tabernacle is the heart of the park and is absolutely necessary to restore the park to its original function, work, and importance. The tabernacle will provide a venue for services to be held, God’s word to be preached, revivals and religious services to be conducted. The park is non-denominational and belongs to us all.
The park is planning a special fund raising effort for the tabernacle but we need your help too. We ask that you prayerfully consider supporting this cause, for the sharing of the Gospel message and a return to the old fashion way of worship. The grounds of Morrison Park, which Morrison called “A Sacred Spot,” has been the location for the saving of thousands of souls and on this hill are the echoes of the preaching of some of the finest and most spiritual preachers of their day.  Furthermore, we believe Morrison Park is one of the most important historical, religious and sacred locations anywhere in our area. It is too wonderful and too special to be lost.

Fundraising for the cost of the tabernacle will be on going through the spring of 2016, when we plan to begin the project. The original metal trusses from the old tabernacle are going to be used and everything will be done as conservatively and responsibly as can be done. One hundred per cent of what is given will go to the building of the tabernacle. No one at Morrison Park or the board receives any salary from the park or its funds. We only give our time, our energy, our own finances, along with our pledge, “to restore this dear old park.” God has told us to restore it and that is our goal. Morrison Park has federal text exempt status and your donation is tax deductible. Please pray for us and our efforts and please help anyway you can. God Bless You All.


                        Gary Bewley
                        President, Morrison Park Holiness Camp-Meeting

Donations and any correspondence may be sent to,

Gary Bewley
Morrison Park Camp Association Inc.
2731 Tompkinsville Road
Glasgow. Kentucky 42141
(270) 834-9553

Checks can be made payable to Morrison Park Camp Association.

Sunday, July 5, 2015

Henry Clay Morrison Honored in The Christian Hall of Fame

Henry Clay Morrison
1857 – 1942

H. C. Morrison was born in Barren County, Kentucky*. His parents died when he was very young and he was raised by his grandparents. The rugged religious atmosphere and the constant spirit of revival throughout the Blue Grass region made a profound impression upon him. It awakened his consciousness to his need of Christ and the assurance of deliverance from sin. About the age of 11, he was converted and soon after felt the call to the ministry. Although he made no attempt to preach for about eight years, he was much occupied with church work. At the age of 19, he was licensed to preach and demonstrated the validity of his call.

In his work as a circuit rider and station pastor, he was called to one of the most responsible Methodist churches in Kentucky. In 1890 he left the pastorate to give himself to the work of evangelism and to the publishing of a religious paper called, The Old Methodist, which later became The Herald. Morrison’s evangelistic leadership in Methodism grew rapidly from Kentucky to most of the other states and foreign lands. A contemporary said of him, “To him was given by God a heart to move the multitude, a mind to think God’s thoughts, and a voice to rouse his century, his church, and his country.”

The camp meeting became one of his chief instruments; and perhaps no other man ever gave more time or effective leadership to this phase of evangelism than he. In addition to this, he served as President of Asbury Theological Seminary in 1923. William Jennings Bryan said, “I regard H. C. Morrison the greatest pulpit orator on the American continent.” And at Morrison’s death in 1942, it was written of him, “… a tall tree has fallen in the forest, but it went down with a great shout of victory. He died as he lived … in the midst of a campaign for souls.”
* Note: Morrison was actually Born in Bedford, Kentucky, and came to Barren County at age two.

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Morrison Park, Boyhood Home of Rev.Henry Clay Morrison

Morrison Park Holiness Camp-Meeting, was established by Bro.Morrison in 1900, on the site of his boyhood home. Morrison came to Barren County at age two in 1859, and lived here until his teen age years. The painting of young Morrison (above) is part of a new project, an upcoming book. The book will be a colorful re-telling of Morrison's young life here in Barren County, and how the Lord used him for His glory. The book will serve as a fundraising tool, to help provide the costs of erecting a new tabernacle on the Morrison Park Camp-Meeting grounds, The plans are to build the new tabernacle in the same spot where Morrison and other great ministers preached over the years. The Book is planned for publication in November 2015.