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NBA All-Star ’17

The NBA All-Star Weekend will be held in New Orleans, LA February 17 – 19, 2017.

Information about the Weekend

1) Daily ministry will occur in downtown New Orleans.

2) In the evenings ministry will be at Smoothie King Center.  As soon as the NBA announces the times these events begin they will be posted.

Daily Ministry Schedule:

Friday: Noon – 8:00 PM

Saturday: Noon – 8:00 PM

Sunday: Noon – 8:00 PM

Accommodations: House in downtown New Orleans.  Location will be given upon registration. Men only.

Speakers: Saturday morning 9:00 AM – 11:00 AM

Dr. Preston Nix

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Professor of Evangelism and Evangelistic Preaching, occupying the Roland Q. Leavell Chair of Evangelism; Director of the Leavell Center for Evangelism and Church Health; Chairman of the Pastoral Ministries Division.

Cost: $100 per person for three day and three nights. Includes accommodations & two meals per day.  Payments are made here: SFOI Payments. Look for the NBA ’17 selection.

Registration information: Registration is 9:00 AM – Noon on Friday.

Arrival and departure instructions: Plan to arrive at the House Friday by Noon. Departure is late Sunday evening or Monday morning.

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Ministry Team

Bill Adams – Atlanta, GA

Bill Adams was raised in the church, Baptist and Methodist, and has never in his life not known of or considered God in his life. In 1988 upon graduation from Belmont University’s Masters in Business program the Lord personally entered Bill’s life and called Bill to follow Him. That began a 29 year journey of following Jesus Christ and growing in the grace and knowledge of Him.

In 1995 the Lord called Bill to begin to go into the highways and hedges to preach the Word and in 2000 Bill became a full-time evangelist.

In the early years Bill preached at seemingly every concert, sporting event, parade and festival in Atlanta and simultaneously the Lord led him to travel to major sporting events like the Super Bowl, Final Four and Olympics to preach.

In 2007 Sports Fan Outreach [SFOI] was born as an effort to bring more Saints with him to preach at these sporting events and now through the SFOI George Whitefield program Bill is seeking men who believed they are called into full-time evangelism to join him to saturate the Western World with the Gospel.

Over the years millions of souls throughout the Western World have heard the Word through Bill’s preaching and the great delight of his life is knowing and preaching Jesus Christ crucified.

Bill is married and has four children. He is a commissioned evangelist of the Diocese of the Central States of the Reformed Episcopal Church, is a member of Church of the Apostles in Atlanta, GA and is presently enrolled in the Masters of Theology program at Union School of Theology [UST]. You can read Bill’s frequent theological thoughts at his blog: Bill Adams’ Theological Writings – View from an Evangelist.

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Dan Davis – Seymour, WI

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Saved by the hand of God shortly after my wife was saved some 21 yrs ago now.  We have been married for 24 years and have had one daughter who’s recently married to a godly young man.  I’ve worked for Wisconsin in the highway department for about 20 years and now serve in the area of roadway maintenance.  I currently serve in our new local home fellowship “Word from the Barn” as the Life Events Deacon for the last 3yrs.   I’ve been sharing my faith through testimony and tracts for about 20 years but only 3 years of experience in open air preaching.  I’m looking forward to laboring alongside my fellow brothers and sisters in the faith in a much larger venue SBO 16 and declaring the Glorious Gospel of our LORD and Savior, Jesus Christ.


Richard Kellar – Bogalusa, LA

I am part of an evangelistic team that regularly witnesses on a local college campus.  We also open-air/tract in the French Quarter, New Orleans, local parades and festivals.  I first served with SFOI during Super Bowl XLVII in New Orleans and Final Four 2014 in Dallas.  It is a blessing to meet so many individuals from all walks of life who all share the common goal of proclaiming the Good News of Jesus Christ.  I look forward to serving with everyone at Super Bowl LI in Houston.

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Lucas Mann – Clinton, SC

Greetings! I am Rev. Lucas Jackson Mann and I am an evangelist, preacher, teacher, and servant of Jesus Christ. I grew up in a Christian family and, at age 7, made a profession of faith in Christ. However, I was not truly saved. Instead, I was falsely converted and continued to live in blatant sin, all while thinking I was a Christian. At the age of about 15, God powerfully came into my life and saved me! My life was amazingly changed, I grew so much and changed so much. I had indeed truly believed in Jesus for my salvation. Ever since then, I have been serving the Lord through evangelism, preaching, and teaching, all for the glory of God! I have been ordained into the ministry by my home church, First Baptist Church Cross Hill and I am in the process of getting my ministry, Gospel Of Grace Ministries, started, all by God’s amazing and unfailing grace. Currently, I am serving the Lord in while staying in the Orlando area and enjoy evangelizing in the streets, the local abortion mill, sports areas, and even a campground in the area, anywhere that I can preach Christ and Him crucified and raised from the grave. Praise God for His wonderful grace!

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Joseph R. Toy, Jr. – Folcroft, PA

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Joe grew up in Shillington, PA and attended First EC Church of Reading. He is a 1978 graduate of Governor Mifflin High School. In 1982, he received a Bachelor of Science Degree in Economics from Millersville University. In the spring of 1982 as a senior in college, Joe committed his life to Jesus Christ. Upon graduation, Joe began his career as an accountant in Trenton, NJ. During this time, he attended Newtown Community Church in Newtown, PA. While attending this church, Joe felt the call to full time ministry. He left his job to attend Moody Bible Institute for a 3-week seminar on Urban Evangelism with plans to attend Evangelical Seminary in the fall of 1984. When Joe returned from Moody, he began a street ministry in the city of Reading called Inner City Campaigners. From this street ministry, an outreach to children and teens began at First EC of Reading called The Source. This ministry continued from 1984 to 1988 when Joe moved to Philadelphia, PA. Joe began his theological studies at Evangelical in 1984 and ended in 1987. During this time, Joe became a commissioned missionary and a licensed preacher in the Evangelical Congregational Church in May of 1985.

In 1985, Joe and Wendy met at Evangelical Seminary while working on his Masters of Divinity studies. They were married at the chapel at Evangelical on March 22, 1986. Joe and Wendy have five sons. Jared(1987), Seth(1989), Ethan(1989), Aaron(1991) and Adam(1984). The boys were primarily home schooled from 1991 to 2013. Both Jared and Seth serve in The U.S. Coast Guard. Ethan is a career firefighter/paramedic in Currituck County, North Carolina. Aaron is employed at Wellesley Assisted care Facility as a food services manager. Adam serves in the U.S. Air Force. Joe and Wendy have been blessed with six grandchildren named: Forest, Joseph Conner, Morgan, Savannah and Jackson.

In 1988, Joe and Wendy moved to Philadelphia to begin an association With Open Air Campaigners. During this time, they worked in an internship status with this mission board. The ministry of Open Air Campaigners is to do the work of Evangelism and to train others in Evangelism in an urban setting. This association lasted until 1992 when Joe resigned because of doctrinal issues that conflicted with the EC Church. Upon resolution of the proposed doctrinal changes within OAC, Joe served as an associate evangelist with them until 2000. Joe now serves on the board of directors of OAC, Inc. At this point Joe became one of the few Evangelical Congregational Church Denominational missionaries, which is a status that continued until 2008. In 1993, Joe established a ministry called Open Air Ministries-Philadelphia. Now Joe has formed his own 501c non-profit corporation called Open Air Ministries, Inc from 2009 until the present day.

Joe’s ministry is primarily evangelistic by nature. Outreach is conducted at bus stops, subways, college campuses, center city, parades, events, neighborhoods, parks and other areas in and around the Metro Philadelphia Area. Joe does weekly outreach in Camden, NJ and in the summer conducts outreach at the New Jersey, Maryland and Delaware beach resorts. Through the years, Joe has been involved in the Philadelphia Port Ministry from 1988 to 2001. Also, much outreach has been done in inner city neighborhoods with children. Joe was a co-pastor for Metro Kids an outdoor kid’s church in various locations in Philadelphia from 2007 to 2011. Many times a year Joe travels to national events such as Mardi Gras, Indy 500, Spring Break Florida, Senior Week in Ocean City, MD and others to share the gospel. Another large part of Joe’s work is training others in evangelism. Joe spends a number of weeks each year training youth groups, college students, missionary candidates and others in evangelism. Some of these groups spend time with in Philly for a day or a week. The summer is especially busy with hosting these teams, including a number of EC Church youth groups. Joe and Wendy and Aaron live in Folcroft, which is in Delaware County, PA. Folcroft is located very close to the Philadelphia Airport. They attend Crossroads Community Church, which is in Upper Darby.

Joseph Toy, Jr.
438 Folcroft Ave. Folcroft, PA 19032
610-583-2266/610-324-1671(cell)
oamphilly@aol.com/www.oamphilly.org

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Zoe White – Tickfaw, LA

Hi, my name is Zoe (pronounced “Zo”) and I’m 31.  I reside in Tickfaw, Louisiana with my wife and 3 kids.  (Lord-willing, we’ll bring home our next baby in April 2017!)  I was raised Catholic in south Louisiana near New Orleans.  By God’s grace, He saved me at the age of 14 at a youth retreat in Florida.  Sadly, I wasn’t really taught the Gospel and the beautiful doctrines of grace until I went to college.  Through collegiate conferences, I was introduced to the reality of unengaged, unreached people groups with little hope to hear the Gospel in their lifetime.  Missions has gripped my heart ever since.  A couple years ago my wife and I were offered internship positions with a missions agency reaching South Asians in London, but that fell through. I’m thankful now that God changed our plans, because this year, God has introduced us to the ministry of Ray Comfort at Living Waters.  God used their teachings on biblical evangelism to convict me of how little I shared the gospel and how unbiblical my methods were.  I hand out tracts regularly now, have many fruitful evangelistic conversations with folks (including the scary talks with family members!), and I’m preparing to open-air preach for the first time.  I am now working to complete my college degree so that seminary is an option in the near future.  All glory to God for His grace!  It is such a joy to proclaim to others the Good News that God is reconciling sinners to Himself through Christ!


Mark Yoho – Sugar Valley, GA

Mark YohoMark was raised in a non-Christian home in Canton Ohio with a little exposure to Roman Catholicism. Upon Graduation from High school in 1983 he served 3 years active duty military in the US Army. Shortly after discharge, the Nation being in an economic recession, Mark moved to the Atlanta Georgia area seeking employment.

There he met the love of his life and they lived together for 10 years. Through alcohol, drugs, and the pursuit of personal wealth Mark suffered the loss of family and all of his possessions. It was during this time that Mark walked into Newtown Baptist Church in Calhoun GA and heard Pastor David Ray preach a sermon titled, “You must be born again.” As soon as the invitation was given Mark met Pastor Ray in the altar where he repented of sin and trusted CHRIST as his personal Savior. On March 29, 1998 Mark Yoho was born again and life began to radically change. Mark began to share his newfound faith in CHRIST immediately and continued to make it a lifestyle.

Seven months later GOD restored his relationship with the love of his life, he and Gynnette were finally and forever married. Four years later, February 17, 2002, GOD called Mark to preach as an evangelist. As an evangelist Mark has traveled all across the US conducting evangelistic outreaches, teaching evangelism, and preaching revivals. Much of the evangelistic outreaches have been in the inner city and at major events. Since December 1, 2007 Mark has served GOD as a full time vocational evangelist in his own ministry, the Fourth Watch Evangelistic Ministry www.fourthwatchministry.com.

Mark and Gynnette live in the little community of Sugar Valley, nestled in the mountains of North Georgia. They have two married children and their home church is Grove Level Baptist Church in Dalton GA www.grovelevel.org

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