Course for Congregational Videographers, Historians to be Held at Bethany’s Buffalo Seminary

BETHANY, W.Va. – A seminar on creating local church videos will be held at Bethany College’s Buffalo Seminary September 12-13. The course will focus on both what to include in the videos, as well as how to create them using computer programs.

Peter M. Morgan, president emeritus of the Disciples of Christ Historical Society and local church historian of National City Christian Church in Washington, D.C., will lead participants in exploring options for script preparation. John Scott Williams, an electrical engineer and videographer, will share techniques for filming and editing. He will also identify software for enhancing video history sharing. Their work will be based on “National City Christian Church…A Dream Come True,” a video they created in celebration of their congregation’s 170th anniversary.

The seminar will also include visits to Disciples historical sites in Bethany, and will be a celebration of Bethany College and Disciples of Christ founder Alexander Campbell’s 226th birthday.

Congregations should send teams of two with one member having computer competency. Single applicants with computer competency will be accepted.

Registration is $35 and includes continental breakfast, break and lunch each day. Registration can be completed at, or by contacting Rev. Chafin at 304-417-1248. Housing is available at the Gresham Inn, located adjacent to the Mountainside Conference Center where the seminar is held. Housing is $70 per night if you indicate you are attending the Buffalo Seminary event. To make room reservations, call 304-829-7622 or 304-829-4343.

Bethany College is a small college of national distinction located on a picturesque and historic 1,300-acre campus. Founded in 1840, Bethany is the oldest college in West Virginia.