Founded in 1869, and listed on the National Register of Historic Places, Ocean Grove is one of the longest-active camp meeting sites in the United States. As an act of the New Jersey State Legislature, the Ocean Grove Camp Meeting Association (OGCMA) was established as the owner and governing authority of the beautiful, square-mile, seaside community, with tree-lined streets and one of the largest collections of Victorian homes in the nation. Ocean Grove is home to the 1894 Great Auditorium, built to house 10,000 worshipers, a diverse portfolio of worship and housing facilities, and a seasonal tent and cottage community on the footprint of the original camp meeting.
The mission of the OGCMA, rooted in its Wesleyan heritage, is to provide opportunities for spiritual birth, growth and renewal through worship, education, cultural and recreational activities in a Christian seaside setting. The mission, vision, and statement of faith of the association are online at https://www.oceangrove.org/who-we-are. Each year, the OGCMA leads hundreds of events and services, providing world-class preaching, Bible study, worship, religious music performances, and a variety of children and youth activities to over 10,000 visitors and members of the community. More than 130,000 people come each year to relax on the most family-friendly beaches and boardwalks of the Jersey Shore.
The OGCMA has been blessed with a healthy financial condition, and it is staffed year-round by eighteen highly qualified program, finance, development and operations employees. In the summer, the staff swells to include over 230 seasonal employees, in areas such as program, maintenance, and beach staff. Additionally, the OGCMA enjoys the dedicated assistance of hundreds of volunteers who help make the ambitious program schedule a reality.
The Ocean Grove Camp Meeting Association is a non-profit corporation governed by a 26-member Board of Trustees and led by the President of the Board and an Executive Committee. The Trustees are ‘working’ members of the Board and are highly active on an array of Board committees and as volunteers in OGCMA programs.