The annual Kentucky Derby weekend is scheduled for May 2 – 5. SFOI has been at the last eleven Derby’s and Lord willing plans to be in Louisville, KY in 2018. Here’s a link to Churchill Downs which holds 160,000 fans. Churchill Downs. Pictures from previous years: Derby ’15Derby ’16. Derby ’17. Derby ’18.

SFOI is looking for men who believe they are called to evangelistic work or who have a passion for souls to hear the Gospel to spend four days proclaiming the Gospel to the Kentucky Oaks and Kentucky Derby  fans as they go in and out of Churchill Downs on 4th Street.

Pray now about joining Sports Fan Outreach in Louisville for three days of fellowship, teaching and ministry to the world of professional horse racing.

Location of Event: Louisville, KY

Event Leader: Bill Adams

Dates: May 2 – 5.

Ministry Schedule: 

  • Thursday: 5:00 PM Dinner; 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM Speakers
  • Friday: 6:00 AM Prayer; 7:00 AM depart for Churchill Downs; 8:00 AM – 8:00 PM ministry at Churchill Downs.
  • Saturday: 6:00 AM Prayer; 7:00 AM depart for Churchill Downs; 8:00 AM – 8:00 PM ministry at Churchill Downs.
  • Sunday: 7:00 AM Prayer. Depart for home.

Accommodations:  Cedar Ridge Camp.

Meals: Meals are not provided as part of the cost. Coffee is served at prayer time each morning, lunch is accessible at restaurants near Churchill Downs (they are in walking distance) and typically on the drive home to the Camp we stop at a restaurant or grocery store near the Camp so you can get what you want for the evening. There is a kitchen in one of the cabins where you can keep food, drinks, etc. or you can also bring a cooler for drinks and snacks.

Airport pick up: You will be picked up from the airport if you fly into Louisville. Simple email your flight itinerary to Hannah at: info@sfoi.org.

Speakers:

Dr. Tim BeougherAssociate Dean, Billy Graham School of Missions, Evangelism and Ministry & Billy Graham Professor of Evangelism and Church Growth at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary

Dr. Beougher’s message:  “History of evangelism and lessons we can learn from past evangelists for today”.

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Dr. John KlaassenAssociate Professor for Global Studies Boyce CollegeDirector of the Doctor in Missiology at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary

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Cost: $150. Includes accommodations and transportation to and from Churchill Downs. Payment link: KDO ’19.

Next Step: Register by clicking on the SFOI logo below. Once you register and are approved you will receive further information including but not limited to an event waiver and payment information. You will also be asked to submit a bio and picture to be posted on the event pages.

Questions about how SFOI works: If you have not previously participated in an SFOI outreach then visit these pages to help you understand the work of the ministry: SFOI Distinctives; the goal of SFOI;  what to expect at an SFOI event; SFOI Vision and Mission statements; Registering for an event.

Schedule

May 2

Noon – 5:00: Registration

5:00 PM – 6:00 PM: Dinner on your own.

6:00 PM – 8:00 PM: Speaker

May 3

6:00 AM – 6:50 AM: Prayer

7:00 AM – 8:00 AM: Travel to Churchill Downs

8:00 AM – 8:00 PM: Churchill Downs Ministry.

May 4

6:00 AM – 6:50 AM: Prayer

7:00 AM – 8:00 AM: Travel to Churchill Downs

8:00 AM – 8:00 PM: Churchill Downs Ministry.

May 4

7:00 AM – 8:00 AM: Prayer

8:00 AM: Depart for home.

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Click here to register to participate.

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 called Bill to follow Him. That began a 30 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 a confessing evangelical Anglican based on the 1662 Book of Common Prayer of the Church of England, he is a commissioned evangelist of the Diocese of the Central States of the Reformed Episcopal Church which is part of the Anglican Church of North America and is presently enrolled in the Masters of Theology program at Union School of Theology headquartered in Oxford, England. You can read Bill’s personal theological thoughts here: Bill Adams’ Theological Writings: Views from an Evangelist.


Jamie Hall –  Myrtle Beach, SC


My name is James Hall. I’m from Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. I am single, never married. I am 43 years of age. I have been street evangelizing for 5 years. I currently evangelize on the street around my area as well as neighboring states, Superbowls and the Kentucky Derby.

At 16 years old I surrendered to the Lord’s will on my heart. After many months of suppressing the truth. Listening to the Pastor preach on Hell. I sat on the back row of a Southern Baptist Church and became aware that day that Hell was very real to me. I had no idea when I was gonna die, or had any control over my life.

Being brought up in a church that had man- centered beliefs, such as decisionism, works,  and tradition. I was unaware and had no discernment at the time.

Through studying of the Holy Scriptures for myself and relying on the Holy Spirit for discernment. Christ continually revealed the truth to me, and continues too, even to this day. About 10 years ago I heard a sermon that completely changed my life, called “Hell’s best kept Secret” – by Ray Comfort. The one sermon sparked the fuel for the fire in my desire and the love I had for Christ to share the Gospel.

Several years after being called to assistant teaching at the church I was from. I joined an evangelist group called The 5 Solas Outreach Ministry. After learning quite a bit of reform theology I was quickly brought to my knees again in repentance to the Lord. There I truly learned how to share my faith openly, Preaching through Open-Air, and one on one evangelism. We taught each other and Truly equipped ourselves for the work of the Lord.

Four years ago I defended my faith and view of the scriptures to my local church. After the confrontation I left my first church for Christ, my first love. I have attended two reformed churches since. The second Reformed Baptist church is my current church I attending now. Continuing to be edified by my Lord Jesus Christ till the day he calls me home. Soli Deo Gloria


John Fedock – Austin, TX

I’ve been a Christian since September 2010. (For the sake of space, a longer version of my Christian testimony can be found on my blog at http://www.uncompromisinggospel.com/testimony.html.) Almost from the outset of my Christian walk, it became apparent to me that much (if not most) of the professing “church” in America was not living like the Christians I saw in the Bible – men and women who were wholly committed to Christ and furthering the good news of the Gospel, and of advancing His church, no matter the cost. But still, at first, I allowed myself to think that all of my friends who merely paid lip service to being a “Christian” were, in fact, right with God.

That all changed in the Spring of 2013, or about 2.5 years into my walk. It was in the days leading up to oral arguments before The Supreme Court of the United States on one of the “same sex benefits” cases. Despite most of my friends at that time being people I assumed were “Christians,” there was an overwhelming flood of those red equal signs (for quote-unquote “equality”) in my news feed that day. My friends were, by and large, supporting homosexuality and were making a push for what was evident even then would ultimately become the acceptance and even celebration of homosexual “marriage.”

That day changed everything. The blinders were off, and I began to see the world for what it truly was. Lost, depraved, and completely adversarial to God in all things (or at least in all things that did not happen to coincide with what the culture surrounding them already wanted to believe). That began years’ worth of Facebook conversations and debates, and finally just boldly proclaiming the truth instead of trying to debate back and forth – the latter being the manner which I eventually realized was the more accurate command of Scripture, at least with respect to those who have hard hearts and aren’t genuinely seeking the truth, that being the manner of heralding the Truth of God, rather than “debating it.”

This process continued on for years, and in fact still continues to this day. For much of this time, I felt increasingly like I was “the only one” taking their faith so seriously, “the only one” who really truly cared. I often wondered where the Ravenhill’s and Whitefield’s and Wesley’s and John Knox’s of our day were, and even prayed for God to raise up such people, and hoping and praying that perhaps one day I could be one of them.

And then I met them! They were already out there, doing this very thing! In the summer of 2016, the Lord led me to attending what I called at the time “preaching camp,” also known as the George Whitefield Training Program put on by Sports Fan Outreach. It was there that I met many incredible Saints and wonderful Brothers who were doing that very thing! At the time, I was in seminary, so I couldn’t join them right away out in the streets due to my other commitments before the Lord. And to be honest, even after meeting them, it took some time for my heart to warm up (or perhaps more accurately, to be warmed up by the Lord) to join them. But slowly but surely, those opportunities arose. First, at the 2018 Final Four in San Antonio, just a fairly short Texas drive from where I live. Then in Charlotte for the Coca-Cola 600, and eventually on my first trip ever to the “Other Side of the Pond” for the London trip this past October that was centered around the NFL London games. This year, God has allowed me to preach at the Super Bowl Outreach in Atlanta, and I’m looking forward to preaching in Mardi Gras with some Brothers that I met through SFOI. And of course, I look forward to heralding the Gospel at the 2019 Kentucky Derby alongside many fellow Christian Brethren – you know, the genuinely committed kind that are all too lacking in the American “church” – some of whom I’ve already had the pleasure of meeting, and many others who I suspect I’ll be meeting for the first time. And all of it for the Gospel of our Lord, King, and Savior, Jesus Christ!


Joshua Richards – Belle Center, Ohio

The Richards Family minister with Calvary Bible Crusade http://www.calvarybiblecrusade.com under the leadership and support of Bill Adams with the George Whitefield Program and their home church Calvary Bible Church http://www.cbclima.org in Lima, Ohio.

Joshua is happily married to Rachael and they live with their son Isaiah in Belle Center, Ohio. The goodness of God led Joshua to repent of his sin and trust in Christ alone for forgiveness at a young age. Joshua is still a work in progress, but he thanks God for His grace in sending Jesus to save him from the hell he deserves, and sealing his soul unto the day of redemption for all eternity