Isaiah Reid

Wednesday evening Rev. Del Rittgers' message came from 2 Corinthians.

2 Corinthians chapter 5 verse 17   “Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.”


Tuesday evening our opening worship was led by Dr. Phillip Phelps.  Then our Youth brought us some music with help from the group from Kentucky Mountain Bible College.  Isaiah Reid asks the question “After you are no longer a Slave to Sin – What is Next?”  Our Evangelist Rev. Del Rittgers‘ message was from 2 Peter chapter 1 verse 3 And examine why “Being Good Isn't Good Enough


Singing “The Comforter Abides With Me” is how the Monday evening service of the 2016 Iowa Holiness Association Camp Meeting started.  WGM's missionary in Japan, Zach Motts led the opening prayer and our founding President Rev. Isaiah Reid was back to give us more insight as how things were in the 1800's.  Tonight our Evangelist Rev. Del Rittgers looks to Genesis Chapter 26 verses 12-15 for more answers in a continuation of the question we looked into last night of “Why we are here?”


As in years past we open the 2016 Iowa Holiness Association Camp Meetings with the singing of “There is a Fountain”  followed by greeting and opening prayer by Iowa Holiness Association president Brady Hunter.  We also had a visit from IHA's Founding President Isaiah Reid as portrayed by Rev. Jim Kerwin. And then our evening message by our Evangelist Rev. Del Rittgers

Rev. Del Rittgers is a past IHA Board Member and was the camp Youth Evangelist for several years. He is currently the Pastor at the Buffalo Kentucky Church of the Nazarene


Doing What We Can

by Jim Kerwin on June 17, 2014


Picture of Rev. Jim Kerwin, M.A.Bro. Jim Kerwin

Isaiah Reid and I apologize that we couldn’t be at the camp meeting last week. I had just returned at the end of May from five weeks of ministry in Nicaragua and Guatemala. A short rest was in order before my upcoming Romania trip this summer. (Cut us a little slack; between the two of us, Isaiah and I are 240 years old!)

What to Do?

Where Brother Reid goes between camp meetings, I’m never quite certain, but while I was moping around a bit the week before camp (“How I wish I could go!”), something that Isaiah once said came back to give me encouragement and direction:

Dare to do something for God and holiness. If you cannot scale a mountain, climb a schoolhouse hill and open a meeting. If you cannot go “‘round the world,” go around to the holiness prayer meetings, or go to the holiness camp meetings. Go! Get a move on! Learn the art of “pushing things.”*

Ah, but what if I can’t even go to the camp meeting? Well, I knew I could pray daily for the meetings, so I did. And I knew we should pay our annual membership dues, which we will. (C’mon, brethren, it’s still only $5 per person per year! That’s less than one super triple-mocha-coffee-marketing-babble latte at Smokey Row or Starbucks.) But what could I “dare”? What could I “push”? And then it came to me…

What We Did

We’ve had an encouraging number of responses lately to holiness articles on our website, including requests from as far away as Budapest, Hungary; Coeur d’Alene, Idaho; and Berlin, Germany. Most of the requests have something to do with a need for guidance and prayer, as well as a desire for clear literature on the subject of obtaining the experience of entire sanctification. So…

…all last week during camp, I worked on a special project, namely, turning Isaiah Reid’s book The Holy Way into e-book format. Of course, we already make the contents freely available on our website; but e-book readers are gaining in popularity, and I have to admit that reading an e-book on my Nexus 7 is a lot easier than scrolling down through the text on a long web page. So for six straight days Denise and I edited, formatted, designed a cover, and “pushed” through the technical difficulties. (There are always technical difficulties!)

The fruit of our labors is that The Holy Way is now available as a Kindle book on and for Nook e-book readers at Barnes & Noble’s site.

What You Can Do

For the next three weeks or so, we’re going to keep the price at 99¢, before we raise it to its regular price of $2.99. But you needn’t buy it! We’d rather give you a copy, if you can help launch the book. How can you help? You Kindle and Nook owners, if you could you take an hour or so, read this short book, and then post a one-paragraph review of The Holy Way (on or, as appropriate), that will raise the book’s “visibility” online. Send us your Kindle- or Nook-related e-mail address, and through July 12, 2014 we’ll pay for a copy of the book, send you the link, and you can download it. In the e-mail, please tell us whether you need a Kindle or Nook edition.

I think you’ll discover, as we have, that this book is a concise, practical, what-it-is and how-to-get-it treatment of holiness. The Holy Way was consistently used of God for about thirty years (the first of its five editions came out in 1892), and I think that after you read it, you’ll agree that it has the same potential in the 21st century.

If you can’t give half a million dollars, give a dollar, or even a dime. If you cannot make a book, or a tract, you can, if you will, buy a hundred leaflets for ten cents and give them away.*

Roger that, Brother Reid! You wrote the book, we’ve published a new edition of it (fully annotated, with the addition of the full lyrics of each hymn quoted), and we’re giving it away for a few weeks.

Now, what’s the next thing you and I can “dare” for God and holiness?

Much love in Jesus,

Brother Jim Kerwin

*P.S.: Yes, as you’ve probably guessed by now, the quotes come from The Holy Way!


Turn in your Bible to Matthew 5:10 as our founding President Isaiah Reid brings his Thursday evening message.


Isaiah Reid comes to us again this year through the studies and talents of Bro. Jim Kerwin.

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On Wednesday evening our founding President Isaiah Reid shares with us a testimony and the ups and downs that went with it and why both are important.

Isaiah Reid is portrayed by Rev. Jim Kerwin.  You can read and hear more from Jim at:


On Tuesday evening Isaiah Reid spoke to us and challenged us to use today's technology to reach out, much like he did with the technology that he had available to him when he created the “Reid Holiness Correspondence School.

Isaiah Reid comes to us again this year through the studies and talents of Bro. Jim Kerwin.


On Monday evening of the 2013 Iowa Holiness Association Camp Meetings our founding President Isaiah Reid told us about Harry May one of the roughest people he had ever met and the importance of not just forgiving but the need to sometimes forget.

Our founding President Rev. Isaiah Reid is portrayed by Bro. Jim Kerwin who comes to us all the way from Chesapeake, Virginia.


Here are the first two videos from the 2013 Iowa Holiness Association Camp Meetings. These are from the Sunday evening service.

The first video is another message from our founding president Isaiah Reid as portrayed by Bro. Jim Kerwin who completed his master’s thesis at Regent University’s School of Divinity in Virginia Beach, Virginia.  Bro. Jim completed his thesis, Isaiah Reid: His Life, Leadership, and Influence in the American Holiness Movement in 2006.


The second video is this years Evangelist Rev. Dr. Gary Henecke a graduate of what is now Olivet Nazarene University, Gary went on to earn his master's of arts and doctor of divinity degree from Western Evangelical Seminary.

Central Florida District Superintendent Larry Dennis called Gary “one of the leading communicators of our day,” saying “He is an incredible preacher, teacher, writer, and pastor.”

Check back often as we post more videos from the 2013 Iowa Holiness Association Camp Meetings


Friday evening Isaiah Reid spoke about the ripening of the fruit and its connection to sanctification.


Thanks to Jim Kerwin for his portrayal of IHA founding President Isaiah Reid at the 2012 Camp Meetings.


Thursday evening Isaiah Reid talks to us about a tavern, temptation, being a volunteer Fireman and keeping a pure heart and mind.


The first Iowa Holiness Association President Isaiah Reid is portrayed by Pastor Jim Kerwin.



On Wednesday evening service at the Iowa Holiness Association Camp Meeting Isaiah tells us about failure in his life.



Isaiah Reid the first Iowa Holiness Association President is portrayed by Jim Kerwin.


2013 Camp Meeting Info

by Jim Kerwin on March 31, 2013

2013 Camp Meeting Information

  • Dates: June 9-14, 2012, starting Sunday evening, June 9
  • Place: The IHA Tabernacle on the grounds of the old Vennard College campus.
    • The address of the old campus is 2300 8th Avenue East, University Park, IA 52596.  (Click on the link for an interactive map, or scroll down to the bottom of this page.)
    • Follow the main driveway (an extension of Center Street) north for about a quarter mile.
  • Time:
    • Evening meetings start at 6:30 PM.
    • Morning prayer meeting: 7:30 AM in the tabernacle
    • Morning meetings start at 10:30 AM
    • Afternoon meetings start at 2:30 PM

Our 2013 Ministry Team


2012 IHA Camp Meeting – Tuesday Evening – Isaiah Reid

by Steve Shafer March 2, 2013

On Tuesday evening of the 2012 Iowa Holiness Association Camp Meeting Isaiah Reid spoke to us about mule kicks, hyssop and sanctification.   Again this year Isaish Reid has been protrayed by Rev. Jim Kerwin

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2012 IHA Camp Meeting – Monday Evening – Isaiah Reid

by Steve Shafer January 24, 2013

On Monday evening IHA Founding President Isaiah Reid (as portrayed by Jim Kerwin) talked about a couple of his heros. You won’t have any trouble remembering their names.      Jim Kerwin has edited and released the first modern compilation of Isaiah Reid’s work, Boyhood Memories and Lessons (2007), followed by his second Reid compilation, […]

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