|March 30, 2017|
Meet Dennis Vance
Dennis is married to Polly, his wonderful wife and they live in Springfield, MO and have four grown children. When Dennis was only six months old, he played baby Jesus during a church live nativity and his parents were Joseph and Mary. At age 11, he said the sinner’s prayer and asked Jesus into his heart. It bothered Dennis that through high school and college that he didn’t look any different than his non-Christian friends, but that didn’t stop him from living for the flesh. He used to have a really bad temper, cussed, got drunk and committed other sins. Dennis used to cry out to God “How can I be a Christian and act like this?” But he asked God to forgive him each night and repeated the process the next day.
In 2007 Dennis called his brother and confessed that he didn’t feel very close to God. His brother asked him if he was reading the Bible every day, to which he replied, no, I take my Bible to church every Sunday. His brother said, no, it’s God’s word, you have to feed on it daily. So Dennis picked up the Bible and started with Genesis 1 and read through the Bible that year. In the fall, God convicted him with Matthew 7:21-23 that he was lost. Then with Romans 8:1, God converted Dennis. For the first time, he realized that during those 33 years of professing to be a Christian, he had lived after the flesh and not after the Spirit. Dennis cried out for God to save him and the Lord did!
He spent the next year reading the Bible fervently and reading many Christian books. But beginning in 2009, God started convicting him that he needed to share his faith in Jesus with others. Dennis had no clue how to do that. So he asked a godly co-worker about witnessing to others and the co-worker loaned him the first two seasons of Way of The Master. After episode 2, Dennis was on the phone to Living Waters ordering tracts. At first, he was afraid to hand a tract to someone, so he just left them with tips and hid them in stores, left them on the floor at the mall and various places. After a couple months, he started handing them to people. Then in the summer of 2009, Dennis went through the School of Biblical Evangelism.
Before the end of 2009, he gave the good person test on the box at Missouri State University and the following month he gave a Christmas message outside of Borders Bookstore where people were lined up for a Sarah Palin book signing. He was so nervous that he thought he was going to pass out. But the Lord helped him through it and the crowd actually clapped when he finished. Now he appreciates “good” hecklers, but if someone would have heckled him that first time, he may not have ever preached again.
Dennis has attended four Super Bowl Outreaches and in February of this year he was a team leader. He’s also attended the Kentucky Derby outreach the last three years and plans on going again this year. He looks forward to witnessing at these outreaches, fellowshipping with other evangelists and the teaching that’s provided at the Sports Fan Outreach International events.
Dennis founded Seek and Save the Lost (www.seekandsavethelost.com) in December 2009. He typically posts open-air messages and ministry updates on the website weekly. Dennis firmly believes that there is no greater honor in the world than lifting up the precious name of Jesus in the open-air. He believes it is God-honoring and a true form of worship. Plus, it’s biblical and much needed in our secular society. Faith comes by hearing and hearing by the word of God (Romans 10:17).
Dennis attends Crossway Baptist Church in Springfield, MO and he has the church’s blessing for the street witnessing ministry. Several people from his church participate in the outreaches at the MSU football games in the fall. One member of his church joins him and Pastor Aaron Brummitt witnessing at Missouri State University when he can. Dennis and Pastor Aaron witness each week at the university one day and they witness downtown every Friday night. Others join them when they can. May Jesus Christ continue being lifted up and may God be glorified by the proclamation of the Gospel. You can reach Dennis at the following email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Dennis Praying with a Neighbor
Gracefully Explaining the Gospel