The Cleveland Indians are hosting the 2019 Major League All-Star Celebration Saturday, July 6 – Tuesday, July 9.
SFOI is looking for ten 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 MLB All-Star fans whether they are coming and going from the FanFest, Nationals Park, the White House, Washington Mall or another location.
The team will stay in the same facility from Saturday – Wednesday morning; there’ll be an hour of prayer each morning including an hour of devotions led by a local Pastor or Professor; we’ll travel together to and from the ministry location(s) for the day and we’ll operate in two teams of five once we arrive at the ministry location.
The daily schedule is below.
If you have a desire to spend four days fellowshipping and laboring with other evangelists so the MLB All-Star fans can hear the Gospel and be provided the opportunity to believe It, be ministered to in the moment and to be referred to a Bible teaching church then plan to join us today. The details are below including the link to take you to the registration page.
Location of Event: Cleveland, OH
Event Leader: TBA
Dates: Saturday, July 6 – Tuesday, July 9
Airport pick up: You can ride regular air port transportation from Washington Dulles or the Washington Metro from Regan National. Either way email your itinerary to Hannah at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Meals: Not included. On your own.
Transportation: Public transportation and walking.
Registration Information: This event is for men only. Limited to ten.
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.
Saturday, July 6
Check in: Arrive at the house by Noon
Ministry time: 1:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Sunday, July 7
Prayer: 7:00 AM – 8:00 AM
Teaching time: 9:00 AM – 10:00 AM
Ministry time: Noon – 8:00 PM
Monday, July 8
Prayer: 7:00 AM – 8:00 AM
Teaching time: 9:00 AM – 10:00 AM
Ministry time: Noon – 8:00 PM
Tuesday, July 9
Prayer: 7:00 AM – 8:00 AM
Teaching time: 9:00 AM – 10:00 Am
Ministry time: 11:00 AM – 6:00 PM
Bill Adams – Chattanooga, TN
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 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 – Views from an Evangelist.
Sean Keefe – Raleigh, NC
Born and raised as a dead man walking, I was a partying, non-penitent, non-regenerate Catholic from Jersey for the first 18 years of my life. When I was 20, by God’s grace, some supernatural things occurred and I received Jesus Christ as the Lord and Savior of my life one Thanksgiving (1999) shortly after. Moved to Raleigh in 2003, met my wife, Elisa, in 2006 and married that sweet woman in 2007. I have two wonderful (most of the time) step children, Miranda and Joe. I have been working as a property manager of an apartment community in Durham, NC since March of 2006. Through my wife’s encouragement and the fellowship/discipleship of more mature believers, I have been especially passionate about the great commission for the past two and a half years. By God’s providence I have had multiple privileges to publicly proclaim Christ as well many one-on-one conversations. This will be my second Super Bowl Outreach. The first one was intense, but a real blast serving the LORD in such a biblically relevant way. Can’t wait to see the fruit on the other side! Worthy is the Lamb!!
Skip Purdy – Campobello, SC
I was born and raised on Long Island, NY for 17 years, brought up in the Episcopal Church. My family and I moved to Sanibel Island, Florida where I met and married my wife, Pam. After 6 years of marriage, 2 babies, and a small business, we were both born again. Three years later we sold our business on the island, rented our house out, and moved our family to Columbia, SC to attend Columbia Bible College, where we added 2 more children to our family. I then served the Lord as pastor in Irmo and Spartanburg, SC for a total of 22 years. My wife and I presently live in Campobello, SC and now have been married for 48 ½ years. Our 4 children are now adults, blessing us with 9 wonderful grandchildren and one on the way.
Ten years ago I realized God was directing me into open air preach and witness at public gatherings, fairs, sporting events, college campuses, etc. Traveled overseas with SFOI to the UK a couple of times as well with my wife to the Fringe in Edinburgh Scotland three times Bristol England, Vienna Austria among many other venues over the years.
Andy Schmelzer – Bluefield, WV
Andy grew up Catholic but at a very young age knew something was missing. As a teen, siblings shared the good news in an ask Jesus in your heart kind of way. This he embraced and lived as a false convert until the Lord granted him repentance about the age of 35. He and his wife learned biblical evangelism in 2004 stumbling across WOTM TV show. Since then evangelism for them was forever changed.
He with his wife started Fishers of Men Medical Ministries and did overseas evangelical/medical missions from 2003-2011 and has since then focused on local evangelism in the immediate area and around the US. He looks forward to serving Bill and the team members that the Lord will put together through prayer. Lately the WVU has been Andy’s weekly fishing hole but that looks to change to VCU in Richmond in the fall. May God rise up more laborers to join the harvest.
As of April ’18 Andy and Victoria moved from Summersville, WV to Bluefield and will be there on a temporary basis until relocating to Richmond, Va. and are looking forward to what God will bring in this new chapter of their life. Andy has joined up with Jaycen Saab who is nearby for ministry and looks forward to growing that friendship and doing summer festival ministry as well as getting involved in preaching at the Virginias campuses. He has preached at some Mountaineer football games and found the stadium to be a fruitful place to preach Christ and looks forward to some new venues in both the Virginias.
Andy is looking forward to being closer to other ministry opportunities in the east and southeast at some NASCAR speedways as well as joining SFOI for Kentucky Derby and other events that are located closer to his new home.
Chris Teal – Dillsburg, PA
My name is Chris Teal. I am 36-year-old living in Dillsburg, PA. I have been married for eight years to my beautiful wife Melissa and we have two boys with a third on the way. I work for the Department of Defense. I came to know Jesus Christ after returning from having spent two tours in Iraq for the U.S Army. Coming home I hooked up with a healthy church, which is where I also met my wife Melissa. I have had a recent burden for reaching the lost. I had reached out to Tommy Waltz and have had nine weeks of discipleship training with him through a program he offers. Tommy had relayed me to Bill Adams and now I have had chances to talk to Bill and he encouraged me to go out and profess Christ in my local city. I am really looking forward to this upcoming Super Bowl trip to be amongst fellow brothers in Christ and to lift up our Lord and Savior to football fans.
Joseph R. Toy, Jr. – Folcroft, PA
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.
Chike Uzuegbunam – Loganville, GA
I am 24-years old, and am starving and unworthy to declare the electrifying gospel of Jesus Christ. I am currently attending Georgia Gwinnett College and, Lord willing, plan to graduate this summer of 2017 with a Bachelors in Exercise Science.
To God alone be the glory for His precious Son giving away His life for a formerly wretched and miserable sinner such as I.
Tommy Waltz – Raleigh, NC
I grew up in a family with no religious background. The leaders in my life were alcoholics and loved pornography, so this was my influence. I was born a twin. While I was in the womb, my position did not allow my right side to develop properly. I entered the world partially paralyzed and developed a speech impediment when I started talking. In the fourth grade I was diagnosed with a learning and reading disability. I was picked on a lot in school and was told that I was slow and dumb. During my late teenage years my father told me that I was not going to work on his farm because of my slow comprehension. I found work in Columbia, South Carolina as a personal trainer and my idol became my body. I also joined several rock bands. With my last band we produced a CD and toured the Southeast. This life was from the pits of hell. The longer I lived, the more I hated my life. I had no purpose, no meaning, and no direction.
At the age of twenty-three, a lady invited me to a play on the life of Jesus. It explained His life from birth to His resurrection. This was the start of the whole transformation. I didn’t give my life to Christ that night. I continued running for a year. As I read God’s word, deeper conviction of sin grew. I was on the verge of taking my life, but through God’s grace He spared my life. The night I was going to take my life I found a card in my room from a person that reminded me of Jesus’ love for me. Turning to the Lamb of God who takes away the sins of the world, I repented and placed my faith in Jesus that night in my room. My view of life is simple – Jesus died and came out of the grave for me, so I have to live for Him.
My Jesus found me broken on my bedroom floor not wanting to live anymore. Oh, how can I not share His Glorious Name? He has taken a slow, crippled boy off a farm in South Carolina and given him new life. I type this with tears in my eyes. I am a man who is blessed beyond measure with an amazing wife who has believed in me from day one and three amazing girls.
May we all boast together in what Jesus Christ has done in all of our lives. We serve an amazing God. He saved us and now He deserves our entire lives.
I have had the opportunity to lead a ministry called Gospel of God Ministries since 2009. GGM preaches and teaches the Gospel until faith becomes action.
The faith has a twofold action. First, it is pulling the unbeliever into the kingdom through repentance and faith in Jesus. Second, it is pushing the believer out into the world to share their faith. Find out more at http://www.gospelgm.com
This will be my fifth SBO with New Orleans, New York, Phoenix, and San Francisco under my belt by God’s grace. I look forward to leading my team alongside the other leaders at next year’s SBO. Go and proclaim the Gospel to see a life transformed!
“For I am not ashamed of the gospel, for it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes, to the Jew first and also to the Greek.” Romans 1:16
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