The SFOI 1,000 is a movement to have the Gospel preached Lord willing at every major sports venue in the world [this includes venues with a capacity of 40,000+ and NBA, Cricket and other venues for professional sports.]
There are two tracks:
#1 to preach at the venue whenever a sporting event is held.
#2 commit to preach at every home game of a particular team.
For example if you commit and you lived in Tuscaloosa, AL you would commit to preach at every University of Alabama home game. Not just one or two but all the games.
There’s many reasons for committing to every home game:
1) Consistency makes a ministry more fruitful.
2) There are many people who will see you at the first game and ignore you but by the fifth game they are listening.
3) There are many people who work at the games and they would see you each week and you would begin to minister to them personally.
4) You’ll see people at the games who have perhaps seen you preaching at other venues in your area.
5) You’ll grow as an evangelist and preacher from making a commitment, rearranging your schedule and being at each game.
6) You can recruit others to join you over the season who can join you at other events and for the next season.
So if you are ready to join the movement and make the commitment then select your Stadium on this form: Stadium List.
and then register here:
If you want to commit but have never preached before or have no experience preaching at a football game contact us for training.
What else do you have to do in addition to preaching to be part of SFOI 1,000? Submit a post game report with a couple of pictures that will be posted on the SFOI web site and social media pages.
You’ll receive free tracts.
Your picture, profile and the stadium at which you are preaching will be posted on the SFOI 1,000 preachers page.
Come on ‘Get in the Game’ and lift up your voice to tens of thousands of souls for our great God’s glory.
Register today to join this Gospel movement:
If you have questions email Jason at: email@example.com
Matt De Jesus – Arizona Cardinals
I was introduced to the Gospel message at 10 years of age. I went forward at my church, made a profession of faith, and was baptized- not fully understanding what I was doing. My road of sanctification, like many of you can relate, has been a rocky one. As I grew to became an adult I learned intimately what God meant when He had Malachi refer to Him as “a refinerʼs fire…” (Mal
3:2) as well as the passage in Proverbs that tells us He disciplines those He loves (Prov 3:12). God was purifying me by ripping the sin, which I was clutching to so tightly, out of my hands. No discipline at the time is pleasurable, but needed. Needed to become a useful vessel that would honor God, not bringing a reproach to His name. This is an ongoing process until Glory. After years of watching “On The Box” and “Wretched” I had the opportunity to meet Tony Miano. I helped him with several videos and I learned quite a bit about street evangelism. I was so inspired that I had to open my mouth as well to proclaim the Gospel. Iʼm now heading up a street evangelism team at my church and training others to do the same. Iʼve been married to a blessing of a wife, Roxanne, for 4 years now. I have 3 children ages 29, 19, and 17. The Lordʼs providence is constantly amazing me in how Heʼs working in my marriage and with my children. God has also blessed me with a video production business that Iʼve owned for the past 30 plus years. I produce national and regional commercials, corporate and marketing videos as well as independent feature films. I have also produced several videos for Tony Mianoʼs Cross Encounters Ministries as well as Apologia Church and others. Recently I started a faith-base division of my company called Sovereign Grace Media. It exists to bring the Gospel to a lost and dying world and to train those in the church through all forms of media.
Find Matt on facebook at: https://www.facebook.com/matt.dejesus
Jeff Padia & Jim Grega – Atlanta Falcons
God mercifully saved me out of a background of cheap grace, easy believe-ism, “Americanized” Christianity. I had walked an aisle during a church “revival” and was baptized at age 16. I quickly proceeded to prove myself a false convert, succumbing to the worldliness and sin that my flesh craved. I found myself in a prolonged downward spiral, increasingly wallowing in the dregs of my wickedness and rebellion against God, all the while believing I had punched my ticket through the pearly gates! I pursued every worldly thing that I thought might make me happy.
But God, being rich in mercy (Ephesians 2:4-5), opened my eyes to see how patient and kind and merciful He had been to me in preserving my life, even though His justice could have fallen on me like a hammer. In the misery of my lowest depths, I became dreadfully aware that I was not owed another day of His mercy. It was then that God granted me eyes to see His beauty, and grace to believe in Jesus as my only hope. The riches of His kindness and forbearance and patience had, indeed, led me to repentance (Romans 2:4)! By His grace alone, I’m thankful to be a servant of the one, true God!
After completing a 26 year career as an Air Traffic Controller here in Atlanta, unburdened by full time work responsibilities, I determined to make myself more available for ministry. In response, the Lord graciously and relentlessly consecrated me to His service! He guided me through a continuum of evangelistic challenges, each one further and further outside of my comfort zone! In his loving providence, I progressed from timidly and covertly placing gospel tracts…to openly handing out tracts in Christmas parades…to giving brief gospel presentations in nursing homes…to pleading for the lives of babies and preaching the gospel in front of abortion mills…to open air preaching at sporting events…to sharing the gospel with jail inmates…to…wherever He leads me next! It’s been one gospel adventure after another, all in the worship and service of my great God and Savior! If He can do such a work in me, He can do such a work in you! He is faithful! Are you willing to entrust yourself to Him, no matter the cost?
Jeff ministers under the leadership and oversight of his elders at Faith Bible Church, Sharpsburg, GA.
To God be the glory, great things He has done! I’m married to my wonderful wife, Wendy. We have 2 children and 8 grandchildren. I was raised in a very traditional Roman Catholic home where the church calendar shaped not only our culture, but our very existence. When I entered High School, I traded in my old Catholic religion for a new found faith of evolution and humanism! I then proceeded to run full speed ahead into a world filled with drugs and rock & roll. I was living in unrestrained sin!
After ten years of ruining my life, family, and everything I touched, I cried out to God to have mercy on me, an undeserving sinner. As I was listening to Chuck Swindoll on Moody Radio preaching through the books of 1 and 2 Samuel, God opened my eyes to see that grace can be found through faith alone in the finished work of Jesus Christ alone. I was given a new heart and was truly born again by the Holy Spirit. God enabled me to believe that if He could forgive David of the sins of murder and adultery, He could forgive even me! So, with the new birth that occurred in me, I immediately left my life of addiction to sin and misery that had been controlling me.
I began hungering and thirsting for the goodness of God, and I found it in His Word! After bouncing around from church to church, from Methodist to a Mega Church to an Independent Reformed Church to a Reformed Baptist church, I landed in the Presbyterian Church in America. Stepping outside of the walls of the church has led me to be involved in prison ministry, Chinese missions and, of course, my favorite place to be preaching…on the streets and in the open air!
Jim is a ruling elder at Carriage Lane Presbyterian Church, Peachtree City, GA.
David Day – Auburn University
My name is David Day and I reside in Montgomery, Alabama with my wife Amanda and our 4 children. My family and I are members of Morningview Baptist Church here in Montgomery where I serve as a deacon.
I have been sharing my faith since the Lord quickened my heart in 2008 after hearing a sermon called, “Hell’s Best Kept Secret” by Ray Comfort. This sermon was used by God to reveal to me my sin against Him by the use the Ten Commandments, being as what Paul stated they are, “A schoolmaster” Galatians 3:24 The Lord worked wonderfully in my heart through the gospel and continues to this day to sanctify me, to draw me from sin, and to Lord willing to make me and my family as Thomas Watson has said, “an instrument of the glorifying God.”
Find David on Facebook at: https://www.facebook.com/1DavidDay
DJ Caswell – Carolina Panthers
D.J. Caswell being raised in the church, can recount the many ways God has called and kept him throughout his life. D.J. was called out of darkness and into His marvelous light at a young age. After answering the call to ministry, D.J. enrolled in Fruitland Baptist Bible College and obtained his Associates in Christian Ministries.
D.J. is currently pursuing his call to be a full-time evangelist, through the George Whitefield Program. D.J. is the founder and lead evangelist with How They Hear Ministries, a Charlotte, NC based street evangelism ministry.
D.J. is happily married to his high school sweet heart and God has abundantly blessed them with three daughters and one son.
Soli Deo Gloria
Find D.J. on Facebook at: https://www.facebook.com/dennisjamescaswelljr
Joe Hinson – Dallas Cowboys
I have been married for going on 20 years to Missy. We’ve been together since high school. We have 2 sons, Seth 14 and Ben 10. We live in Denton Texas about an hour north of Dallas.
I lived as a false convert for several years until around 10 years ago when by God’s grace I came into contact with Ray Comfort’s “Hell’s Best Kept Secret” and “True and False Conversion”. The first message helped me to truly understand the Gospel and the second revealed my complete absence of Faith in said Gospel.
Currently my family and I are making preparations to relocate to the Provo Utah area to Lord willing be a part of disciples being made and see churches being planted.
Soli Deo Gloria!
Find Joe on Facebook at: https://www.facebook.com/joe.hin
Heath Pucel – Green Bay Packers
My name is Heath Pucel. I’ve been married 15 years a wonderful wife who keeps me humble. I live in Green Bay Wisconsin, and have a passion for teaching and training the Word. The Lord graciously granted me repentance unto salvation and from my false conversion in 2004 when I was praying in my naivety for how to share my faith Biblically. I attended previous witnessing training but it was more lifestyle evangelism; but in 2004, not only did he show me how, He also brought me to repentance in faith through the ministry of Living Waters. Since then, I’ve had a desire and burden to share the Gospel in Green Bay, around the country and abroad. My past experience with evangelism has opened up opportunities for me to attend outings such as: 2008 Ambassadors Academy #3, 6 Super Bowl Outreaches, 5 Kentucky Derby Outreaches, OAC SET 2012 and 2013. The Sweet Auburn Festival, ministry at ASU, UW Stevens Point and Madison campuses. Numerous local events such as Walleye weekend, Wisconsin State Fair, Jehovah’s Witness conventions, and Green Bay Packer Games. God has given me the privilege to meet up with faithful saints locally and across the country to labor and minister His word in the open air as well as lead outreach teams with all praise, glory and honor to His name.
Find Heath on Facebook at: https://www.facebook.com/heath.pucel
Sam Frain – Naval Acadamy, Annapolis
Find Sam on Facebook at: https://www.facebook.com/samfrain12
Zoe White & David Robert – New Orleans Saints
Hi, my name is Zoe White (pronounced “Zo”). I live in the little Village of Tickfaw, Louisiana; conveniently located between New Orleans and Baton Rouge. My wife, Chelsea, and I are blessed with four beautiful children and one on the way that keep our home quite lively: Zuri, Cruz, Crozby, and Azalea.
In 2016, God introduced me to the ministry of Ray Comfort at Living Waters and the concepts of Biblical evangelism. Although I have sensed a call to missions for many years and went on several mission trips around the world, God used the study of Biblical evangelism to convict me of how little I shared the gospel in my daily life and how unbiblical some of my methods were. I repented and asked God to teach me how to share the gospel obediently and faithfully. By His grace, I hand out gospel tracts regularly now, pursue evangelistic conversations everywhere I go, and I started my new life of open air preaching at the Super Bowl Outreach in February 2017. All glory to God for opening my eyes to the need around me! It is such a joy to proclaim the Good News that God is reconciling sinners to Himself through the perfect life, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ! As His ambassador, I go forward into the fray, to declare the Good News of my King and Savior, that I may share in His sufferings for the sake of the elect and for His glory!
Through the assistance of Bill Adams and the George Whitefield Program, (and many other evangelists that have offered sound counsel) God has allowed me to establish Declaring Truth Ministries to bring God’s glorious gospel to the New Orleans area and beyond.
Declaring Truth Ministries glorifies God by declaring “the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation” (Eph. 1:13) through open-air preaching, literature distribution, and “everywhere evangelism” so that all peoples would hear and believe in Jesus Christ. Seeking to be good stewards of God’s grace in our lives, we are declaring the gospel of Jesus Christ boldly to all peoples and equipping believers to do the same.
We are building a team of ministry partners now to support our open-air evangelism ministry. You may learn more about partnering with Declaring Truth Ministries at declaringtruth.com/donate.
Find Zoe on Facebook at: https://www.facebook.com/zoe.white.58118
Paul Roepnack – North Carolina State University
In 2011, the Holy Spirit was gracious to open my eyes to the gospel of Jesus Christ and the depravity of my own sin, after nearly 35 years living in cultural Christianity. Not only was I saved at that time, but my wife as well. Together, we looked back at our lives up until that point and saw that despite being raised in religious homes and attending excellent Christian schools, neither of us had ever submitted to the Lordship of Jesus Christ in our lives and had been lying to ourselves for many years.
I loved and enjoyed my sin, had been chasing the trappings of the world, was ruled by my own will and living for myself, made excuses for following God’s directives for my lives as “believer”, and yet attended church and professed to believe. We partied on Saturday and went to church on Sunday. I dishonored parents, lied, stole, hated, loved drunkeness, and idolized at every opportunity. I had no ability or desire to share the Gospel of Jesus Christ and believed that was something that only certain people were commanded or “gifted” to do, brushing aside the Great Commission in exchange for fleeting passions about politics or worldly concerns. I had no ability to teach my children or my wife, to lead them in life’s many decisions and questions by the wisdom of the Word. I was blind. There were certain sins of my past I continued to make excuses for or counted as “not so bad”, and I compared myself to others instead of God’s Law. Once the Light was shining, I understood that I was an offender and an enemy of God and deserved His eternal Wrath – as all of mankind who are not under His righteousness do.
Once regenerated, our lives changed so rapidly that it alarmed many people around us. We were baptized and this was confusing for many, as we had already been baptized at various points in our youth – but what a wonderful day it was to stand before our church body and truly profess Christ with the assurance of the Spirit. The Holy Spirit had revealed my own sin and it grieved me so deeply, praise God. Through conviction and submission, I began ridding our family of the distractions of this world and our own idolatry, and began leading our family in the Word. Everything changed. The power of the Gospel and the Holy Spirit is so great, it cannot come into a man’s life and lie dormant. I am so grateful to have been saved from Cultural Christianity, from religious falsities and rituals, and from my own sin under the righteousness of Jesus Christ imputed upon me.
I developed a thirst for God’s Word, and enjoy listening to sermons and studying His Word every day. My wife and I were introduced to Ray Comfort’s teachings in 2013, and I knew that I was being led to proclaim God’s Word to our lost world. By the providence of God, we ran right into Tommy Waltz on the streets of Raleigh while he was preaching near the courthouse. We became involved in his ministry, and under his training I began proclaiming the Word at events with Gospel of God Ministries. I enjoy heralding at NC State and at other events with our team members, who are all such humble men of God that I can look up to.
In addition to our 3 biological children, God has been so good to choose us for the privilege of adopting 4 children from Ethiopia and China with special needs. I expected to be “picking up my cross” in following this leading, but I was wrong. These children have been a reflection of the Gospel, a reminder of His love for us, and to know that God has chosen to hand-place His arrows at my table is a great responsibility that I cannot successfully do without God leading my life in every aspect. I am so grateful that I am able to lead my family, my 7 children and my wife, by the Word of God through the power of the Holy Spirit and the mercy of God, and that I have the opportunity to disciple the next generation of my family to our King, Lord willing.
I am so grateful to be serving at Superbowl Outreach this coming year and for the opportunity to lift up the name of Jesus in the midst of an a celebration filled with idolatry and drunkeness, pride, and darkness. May His light shine.
Our family writes about our testimony on our website, www.roepnack.blogspot.com
Find Paul on Facebook at: https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100008217159509
Kris Hudson – North Dakota State University
Kris Hudson has been evangelizing the streets of Fargo, North Dakota since August 2011. The areas that he has evangelized include stoplight preaching at various intersections in Fargo, Newman Outdoor Field (minor league baseball stadium), North Dakota State University (NDSU), F-M Pride Parade, St. Patrick’s Day Parade, and the Fargodome. Currently, he has been preaching by the Fargodome after NDSU football games.
Kris grew up in a very solid Christian home. God had already saved both of his parents before they got married. When Kris was in first grade he said the sinner’s prayer. From that point on until his first year of college he thought he was saved because he said the prayer but in reality was unconverted. God started drawing him during his senior year of high school. God started to correct and reprove his worldly focus on life by letting him think about his own mortality. After that God used a local church’s college ministry to bring him truth about salvation. On December 30, 2009 God granted him repentance and faith after talking with a fellow Christian about salvation.
Kris got a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Mathematics in 2013 from NDSU. He is currently seeking to become an actuary.
Kris attended Living Waters Ambassador’s Academy #20 in July 2011. God used that experience as a launching pad into regular street evangelism. He has also participated in Cru’s Big Break 2013 and 2014 outreaches and Super Bowl Outreach 2015 (Phoenix). He is really looking forward to continue to proclaim the gospel in San Francisco for SBO 2016.
Find Kris on Facebook at: https://www.facebook.com/greenbayrepublicanman
Michael Coughlin – Ohio State University
Michael Coughlin was saved by grace through faith in Christ alone after 30 years of loving the world. Michael was raised Catholic but tried “everything” before Jesus intervened. He is a serving member of Berean Baptist Church in Pickerington, Ohio, where he lead local outreaches to glorify our Lord and reach the lost with the gospel. Michael’s joys are spending time with his dear wife, coaching children, programming computers and studying and discussing God’s Word. He is a graduate of the Living Waters Ambassador’s Academy, served as prayer leader, team leader and speaker for the Super Bowl Outreach, and was a speaker at the first ever Ohio Fire. Michael has a wife and 5 children at home. He has written several posts where you may find encouragement and teaching at www.michaelcoughlin.net.
Find Michael on Facebook at: https://www.facebook.com/wpuymac
Larry Sullivan – University of Alabama
Find Larry on Facebook at: https://www.facebook.com/larry.ltbe.sofi
Jeff Warner – University of Arkansas
My name is Jeff Warner, I’m 36 years old from Grants Pass, OR. I have a wife and 3 wonderful kids. I didn’t grow up in the church and didn’t even open a Bible until I got saved at age 29. I literally knew nothing about the Bible…I didn’t know about Adam and Eve, Noah, Moses, Jesus, etc, I guess you can say I was a true clean slate. I got saved on Sept 20th 2009.
I have been very active in sharing the Gospel for the past 4 years, prior to that I just didn’t have any idea where to start and didn’t know anybody who did evangelism, which is a sad commentary on modern day Churchianity. I started open air preaching in San Francisco at SBO ’16 and have been preaching regularly ever since. I was blessed to preach with a group of brothers through SFOI in San Diego at the MLB All Star Game as well as several events throughout Oregon and in Reno, NV, etc. The Lord has opened many doors for ministry this year and I can’t wait to preach with the saints at SBO ’17.
Find Jeff on Facebook at: https://www.facebook.com/JesusSaves007
Arnold Davtyan – University of California, LA
Hi. My name is Arnold Davtyan and I live in Glendale, CA. After high school, depravity kicked in and my love for sin started to increase and show itself more. From that point on, the nature and degree of sin gradually increased in my life. It was in the Spring of 2010 that the Lord, out of His grace, changed my heart and cleansed me of my sins; giving me a hope that is imperishable; Himself. As time went on, my passion and love for God only grew as He was sanctifying me and developing my character. I went on to study theology and get into the heavier issues within Christianity and that produced an increase in worship towards God. Up until this point in my life, God has been faithful to continue the work that He has started. He’s currently placed me in different positions to serve Him within the Church and in the world. Specifically speaking, I’m leading a jr high ministry at COAC alongside my beautiful girlfriend. I also disciple a few of our jr high guys as she disciples the young ladies. Apart from serving the Church, God has also given me a strong passion to preach the gospel and awakened in me love towards my preborn neighbors. Throughout the week (Tues, Fri, Sats), along with some brothers and sisters in our abolitionist society of Los Angeles, we go out to campuses, local communities, and abortion mills to expose the sin of abortion, preach the gospel, and plead with women not to kill their babies.
All that being said, soli deo Gloria.
Find Arnold on Facebook at: https://www.facebook.com/wwjdarnold
John Crowley – University of Central Florida
2004 Born Again at Calvary Chapel
2006 Share Jesus without fear Training
2009 Way of the Master BasicTraining
2009 Way of the Master Intermediate Training
2010 Ambassador Academy Way of the Master
2011 Foot of the Cross Bible and leadership training
2012 Grief Share leader- Calvary Chapel Leadership
2014 Super Bowl Outreach New York
2008-Present The Bridge Evangelist -President
2014-Present His Glory –Evangelist outreach
Find John on Facebook at: https://www.facebook.com/john.crowley.121
Dave Doerman – University of Cinncinati
Dave Doerman is a Biblical evangelist in Cincinnati, Ohio. I am a sinner saved by grace. I am a member and serve tables at Providence Bible Fellowship in West Chester, Ohio.
I do one-to-one evangelism at the Greyhound Bus Station and local universities including the University of Cincinnati, Northern Kentucky University and Miami University. I also proclaim the gospel with amplification at Cincinnati Red’s games, concerts, and local sports and entertainment events.
I host local outreaches and encourage local evangelists. My website: evangelizecincinnati.com contains equipping resources, a calendar of upcoming outreaches and prayer requests. After retiring from a career in technology sales, I pursue my passion full time.
I have participated in multiple SFOI events including the Kentucky Derby, MLB All Star Game, and Coca-Cola 600. I participated in The Way of the Master’s Ambassador’s Academy in 2017. I am an IFOC Chaplain.
I am a follower of Jesus Christ and stand on the shoulders of Christian teachers including: Ray Comfort and Mark Cahill (evangelism), Frank Turek, Greg Koukl, Sean McDowell and Ravi Zacharias (apologetics), and my local church Elders along with other Reformed Christian theologians including Alistair Begg, RC Sproul, and John MacArthur.
We covet your prayers for God’s power and boldness in sharing the gospel.
For we are the aroma of Christ to God among those who are being saved and among those who are perishing, to one a fragrance from death to death, to the other a fragrance from life to life. Who is sufficient for these things? 2 Corinthians 2:15-16
Find David on Facebook at: https://www.facebook.com/dave.doerman
Alex Burt – University of Georgia
My name is Alex Burt. I am married to a wonderful woman named Kim and we have two children. Kaitlyn is 21 and Luke is 16.
God found it in His mercy to save me in 1997 and I almost immediately felt the calling to take the Gospel of Jesus outside the four walls of the church. I remember hearing an old preacher say: “I hear all these young preachers complaining about not having anywhere to preach! Last time I checked, there was still a sidewalk out there!”
Although I didn’t realize it at the time, that triggered something inside me and before I knew it, I was outside our local Courthouse the first Saturday of every month preaching.
God really messed up my “normal” Christian life when I ran across Ray Comfort and his teaching, “Hell’s Best Kept Secret”. After hearing that sermon and listening to it many times I knew God was calling me to open air evangelism. My job relocated my family to Arizona in 2004 and while living there I was able to attend the Ambassadors’ Academy in California. Immediately following the academy I began going to Mill Avenue, which is right beside Arizona State University, and sharing the Gospel on Saturday nights.
In God’s providence we relocated to Bethlehem, Ga. in 2009, with the University of Georgia only 20 miles away. I am blessed to be able to share the Gospel through tracts, one on one conversations and open air preaching in downtown Athens on Friday nights and before home football games.
2 Corinthians 5:21
Find Alex on Facebook at: https://www.facebook.com/preachon
Ken Hisle – University of Illinois
My name is Ken Hisle and I live in Bloomington, Illinois. I have been married to my wife Dee for 24 years and my life’s passion is sharing the Gospel of Jesus Christ with this lost world. I have been doing open air preaching and street evangelism for about 7 years. I live minutes from Illinois State University and have joined with other men and women locally to do outreach in our community.
I have been blessed to attend the Ambassador’s Academy twice (#12 & #18), the Super Bowl Outreach in 2013, 2014 & 2015, Revival Preacher Training 2013, the Kentucky Derby 2013, 2014 & 2015 and Fall for Greenville 2012 and 2013.
For the past 2 1/2 years I have been traveling to Chicago with the Chicago Evangelism Team (you can find us on Facebook) at least once per month and we are beginning to travel to other large cities within a few hours of us (St. Louis, Indianapolis). I am currently a self-employed contractor and one day hope to be doing full time evangelism…Lord willing!
Find Ken on Facebook at: https://www.facebook.com/ken.hisle.77
Jason Bradshaw – University of Michigan
Hi I’m Jason Bradshaw. I’m 34 years old. I’m married to a blessing from the Lord named Kelly. We have been married for almost 5 years. We don’t have any children but we have a dog that we treat like a son lol. For roughly 20 years I believed I was a Christian, but after practicing a lifestyle of deliberate sin against God, the Lord granted me the gift of repentance and faith! My life has never been the same. I finally realized that the sinner’s prayer does not save. King Jesus saves! I’m so blessed and forever grateful to be adopted as one of God’s children. I’m a recruiter by trade, but the Lord has ignited a strong desire in me for evangelism. It still amazes me to this day that the Lord would give me so much joy in sharing the Gospel! I’m so blessed to be able to share this passion with my fellow brothers and sisters in Christ! Praise Jesus!
My name is Peter and I live in St. Paul, MN with my three sons. I’m pursuing a Master of Arts Degree in Religion at Liberty University with an emphasis in evangelism and church planting. I enjoy swimming, cycling and running and compete as an age group triathlete during the summer months. I plan to go into full time ministry after graduation in 2020 focusing on evangelism and church planting here in the US and aboard.
I have not always faithfully obeyed and followed our Lord Jesus Christ. Like many who confess they are Christians, I did not fully understand the pathway to salvation and abandoned God in pursuit of the passions and desires of my flesh. It was when I was brought to my knees after 35 years of sinful and disobedient behavior I realized I needed to completely surrender my life to following Jesus.
Since that day in July of 2009, my life has been radically changed and is a constant journey of transformation. My transformation is not of my own will but accomplished only through repentance and the power of the Holy Spirit. Paul states; “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here” (2 Cor 5:17). Because of all Christ has done for me, I’ve committed the rest of my life to serving our Lord Jesus Christ and sharing the gospel with the lost every chance I get.
My friend Keith and I began open air preaching and witnessing to the lost in the summer of 2017 after attending Ray Comforts Living Waters Ambassadors Academy. We regularly “go” and preach the gospel of Jesus Christ at major sporting events, University of MN campus, streets of downtown Minneapolis and other venues and places that attract large crowds of the unchurched and false converts.
As evangelists we must preach the entire truth of the gospel and not just the peace, love and joy that is a byproduct of our faith. Many churches today are filled with false converts because they fail to preach about God’s judgement and wrath that lies ahead for those who do not repent of their sins and seek transformation through the power of the Holy Spirit. We must encourage the sinner to hit their knees in repentance if they are going to be saved when the day of judgement is upon them. In the words of Charles Spurgeon; “If sinners will be damned, at least let them leap to hell over our bodies. And if they will perish, let them perish with our arms about their knees, imploring them to stay. If hell must be filled, at least let it be filled, in the teeth or our exertions, and let not one go there unwarned and unprayed for.” May the power and strength of the Lord be in our presence always as we go out into a broken and sinful world and participate in God’s redemptive plan to rescue His children through their complete surrender to our Lord Jesus Christ!
Matt Young – University of Oregon
It was the best of times and the worst of times; to borrow the words of Charles Dickens. Trust me, I think it too when I look at the landscape at our public universities. But the best part of the story is yet to come because this is when God comes in and performs a great work. This is the churches’ finest hour. Just as God raised up an army during the great reformation, he will do that work because it will be by him, through him, about him and for him.
God has raised up many great warriors in times of reckoning and usually by people who were of little repute. At the turn of the 19th century there were two evangelists that stuck out: Billy Sunday and Mortecai Ham. Both were moved to pick up their cross and preach the ol’ Rugged Cross Gospel. Billy Sunday, being a household name as a pro-baseball player for the Philadelphia Phillies could fill an entire stadium. Mortecai, on the other hand, perhaps only the front row of a small town Baptist church and a few syndicated radio stations. During the later part of the 1930’s, while the war raged in Europe, Mortecai was visiting a church in North Carolina. As an itinerant preacher, Mortecai would stay for a month and preach every night of the week for several hours. An adolescent boy happened on this occasion to hear the gospel preached clearly and profoundly. This moved him to dedicating his life to the preaching of the Gospel as Mortecai did. This boy became a young man, graduated from Wheaton Bible College and started his own crusades for Christ. We know this him as Billy Graham who preached to an estimated 215 million people in his 70 years as the leader of the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association.
God takes the initiative in seeking after the lost. Jesus told a parable in Luke 15 of a Sheppard who had a flock of 100 sheep. Upon counting his flock he counted only 99. The word says he went into the wilderness to find that one lost sheep. As evangelists, that is what we are doing, we are intercepting the pass
Briefly, I was raised in a Christian home. I also went to public school. Upon graduating I went the way of the world because I did not have the love of Christ, but rather the love of the world. I rejected the teachings in the bible because I hated it, but I also did not understand them because I was darkened in my thinking. That was until I found myself in Saskatchewan Canada and God softened my hard heart to the Gospel. I came to realize the Gospel simply means to change my mind. I changed my mind and I saw myself for who I was, a sinner and guilty before God who would one day ask me to give an account for what I had done. I feared that and I wanted to be on the path to heaven. Upon changing my mind I sought to be baptized so I could tell Satan I belonged to Christ.
That was seven years ago. Through the process of sanctification, God has brought me to where I am today: a willing heart that desires to, “…seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.” Matthew 6:33.
Jamie Clark – University of South Carolina
I was a false convert for most of my life, demonstrating no fruit nor love for the things of God. In 2003, a brother shared the Gospel with me, and, by God’s grace, I was brought to repentance and faith in the Lord Jesus Christ. Since that time, He has put on my heart a profound burden to reach out to a lost and dying world with the Gospel of Jesus Christ, knowing that He is man’s only hope. With the blessing of our pastor at Lexington Baptist Church, I proclaim the Gospel of Jesus Christ in the open air, as well as distribute tracts and engage in individual conversations, on a weekly basis in downtown Columbia, SC , where the Lord has been gracious to allow me to serve as a leader for Gospel of God Ministries. I’m humbled for the opportunity to preach Christ through the ministry of Sports Fan Outreach, and the SFOI 1000 to SEC fans, knowing how big college football is here in the Southeast. The Lord has blessed me with a wonderful wife, Kathy, and two children.
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Mark Underwood – University of Tennessee
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Daniel Sterkel – University of Tennessee, Chattanooga
Iam 28 years old and live with my wife Amy and two daughters on Lookout Mountain in North Georgia where I am studying Biblical and Theological Studies at Covenant College. Having been raised in a Christian home, I left Christianity in my youth but a few years later came under deep conviction of sin. After crying out to God in my backyard for a week, the Lord saved me. I was baptized shortly after and joined a big local church. That was seven years ago. Since my conversion, I have had a great burden to engage people one-on-one with the gospel, and also recently to give out a lot of tracts. I have had the opportunity to preach in the open air a handful of times. Now, may the God grant me to go preach His Son crucified again at the Kentucky Derby!
Jaycen Saab – West Virginia University
Raised Roman Catholic, Jaycen did not arrive at true saving faith until his adult years. After chasing the world and it’s offerings, God brought him to salvation during the death of a loved one. He has a burden for the lost and false converts and desires to herald the Gospel anywhere a crowd may be. When not on the streets, he enjoys the privilege of filling in the pulpit doing itinerant preaching. He’s married with 4 children who join him sometimes for evangelism. He enjoys spending time with his wife and family. He is the founder of AppalachiaCry Ministries. For more info: http://appalachiacry.com