HARVEY CEDARS - The Rev. Al Oldham has been a faithful leader while serving as director of the Harvey Cedar Bible Conference for 45 years. Al retired in 1995 and the organization passed the baton onto his son Jonathan, who also serves as the the mayor of Harvey Cedars Borough.
Al's greatest strength was his passion to share the love of Jesus Christ. He loved to share the Gospel, the Good News and had the privilege to lead countless people to a personal relationship with Jesus. Many people found Christ when they came to the Harvey Cedars Bible Conference and many are still finding the Lord to this day. It has always been a place where Jesus Christ finds people and changes their lives.
Recently the chapel was named the "The Oldham Chapel," as a way to honor the life and work of Rev. Oldham.
The main historical building, dating back to the 1830's, at the center of the campus once was called the Harvey Cedars Hotel.
Philadelphia evangelist Jack Murray established the Bible Conference in 1941. Al was a college and seminary student when he worked on staff during the summers. He was aspiring at that time of his life to become a conventional church pastor. Murray resigned in 1951 and Oldham was named the new director at age 23 and the rest is history.
Jonathan Oldham has continued his dad's work and the ministry has seen extensive growth. The conference is extremely busy in the summer with many programs for families and youth during the vacation season. All throughout the year thousands attend the conference for school, ministry, mens, ladies, youth retreats at the conference.
There have been a number of new improvements including completion of the Davis Center which has a gym, locker rooms. marine biology lab, meeting rooms and a fitness room.
Rev. Al lives in Whiting but you will often find him assisting and helping at the Harvey Cedars Bible Conference. Oldham will turn 90 in November. This was a fitting tribute to see him honored while being healthy and have his son lead in the dedication.