John Hugh Camenga died December 25, 2020 at the age of 75 in Titusville, FL. Surviving are his brothers C. Justin (Sue) Camenga of Milton, WI, and David L. Camenga of Rockland, ME; ex-wife Linda Camenga of Daytona Beach, FL; sons Andrew J. (Kristin A.) Camenga of Woodbury, PA, and Johnmark (M. Catherine) Camenga of Lost Creek, WV; daughters Faith E. (Mark R.) Green of Omaha, NE, and Grace E. (Richard A.) Crouch of Exeter, MO; 14 grandchildren and 2 great-grandchildren.
John was born March 16, 1945 to Kenneth A. Camenga and Evalyn R. Skaggs Camenga and grew up in Beaver Dam, WI. He graduated from Beaver Dam High School and Salem College earning a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science. He also attended Crozer Theological Seminary, then located in Upland, PA. He married Linda Rowena VanHorn on September 3, 1966 in Adams Center, NY.
For nearly 40 years he served as the pastor of Seventh Day Baptist churches in Salemville, PA (1967-71); Dodge Center, MN (1971-1973); Little Rock, AR (1973-1978); Blountville, TN (1978-1982) where he also served the Missionary Society as a traveling pastor to support other churches in the region; Shiloh, NJ (1982-1988); Daytona Beach, FL (1988-2005); and Brisbane, Australia (2005-2006). After his return from serving the church in Australia, he began to serve as a Communicator for Kennedy Space Center, a role he enjoyed for the last 12 years of his life.
Beyond local churches, he served as a volunteer for the Seventh Day Baptist General Conference with multiple terms on both Faith and Order and General Council. He was elected to serve as President over the 2000 General Conference sessions. He wrote several documents through the years that were used in churches across the Conference, the most notable being lessons on Sabbath for High School students and a salvation tract. In addition to leadership at the Conference level, he provided leadership in regional church associations with significant effort in camping programs and leadership training.
At various points through the years he participated in SPEBSQSA (Barbershopers), volunteered for a local ambulance squad as an EMT, and spent several years on a public school Board of Education.
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