Over the past four decades, Camp Kirkland has emerged as one of the premier Church musicians in the nation. He is recognized as the pioneer in establishing instrumental music as a viable medium in the life of the church music program. In 1971, he began the instrumental music program at First Baptist Church of Jacksonville, Florida. This program is still a model of excellence in music and effectiveness in ministry. Students and associates of Mr. Kirkland lead many of the great church orchestras around the country.
In addition to being a highly skilled and recognized educator, clinician and spokesman, Camp Kirkland has enjoyed a brilliant career as an arranger and orchestrator. He has thousands of publications in his catalog and is an important contributor to the leading publishers of church music today. He has the reputation of being a consummate professional both in the creative process, in the recording studio, and in working with church music programs around the country. Camp's love for Christ is evident in every phase of his art. Church musicians around the world have been blessed not only by his music but also by his testimony to the faithfulness of God.
Camp is also very involved with taking musicians on missions through Global Missions Project and has completed over 100 mission projects to over 30 countries. The heart of these projects is sharing God's "good news" and encouraging the body of Christ around the world using music as the "magnet."
Camp Kirkland continues his music ministry, assisted by his wife Fran, through Camp Kirkland Productions, located in Nashville, Tennessee.