Dorothy Boyett – Lubbok, TX
I became a Christian in the 70’s,. attended church faithfully and engaged in all the activities although I only shared my faith when asked. When I read Hell’s Best Kept Secret I understood true Biblical repentance versus false conversion. I started handing out tracts and enrolled in the school of biblical evangelism on-line. After attending the Great News Network boot camp in 2004 my life took on a new role I was now “going out of my way” to engage people in Biblical conversations.
I heard about the work Bill Adams was doing with Sports Fans Outreach and signed up for the Super Bowl outreach in Dallas. Since then I have attended several and had the opportunity to go with a team to my native England for several evangelistic events.
I am a member of Temple Baptist Church in Lubbock, Texas. Each week I go to Texas Tech University to hand out tracts and do one-to one witnessing.
Bryan Braddy – Wakeforest, NC
My name is Bryan Braddy. I am 37 years old and I live in Wake Forest, N C. I been married for 11 years to my wonderful wife Emily, and I have (3) kids: Colin (16), Aidan (10), and Dylan (7). I am a project manager for a local general contractor names Resolute Building Company in Chapel Hill, NC. I came to know Jesus Christ just last January of 2014 after moving to Wake Forest from High Point, NC and finding our current church at Richland Creek.
My brother Zack has taught me, by taking me with him to parades and other local events around Raleigh, NC how to evangelize on the streets and other universities. I enjoy sharing my faith with others and look forward to opportunities at these events to speak about Christ.
I love to run, go to the beach, and spend time with my family. This will be my first Super Bowl Outreach
Zack Braddy – Wake Forest, NC
My name is Zack Braddy. I am 34 years old. I live in Wake Forest, NC. I have been married for 11 years to my beautiful wife, Kim, and I have 4 children: Halie (9), Peyton (6), Lucas (5), and Ava (1). I work for Wells Fargo in Real Estate Technical Services. I came to know Jesus Christ 14 years ago at East Carolina University through the campus ministry of Campus Crusade. I have been privileged to go on several mission trips making Jesus known, including two summer projects with Crusade, and several trips to Europe, Africa, and southeast Asia.
I became passionate about street evangelism and reaching the lost in this way in 2008, largely due to the ministry of LIving Waters and Ray Comfort. I have attended a couple of Ambassador’s Academies, and upon returning home to Raleigh from those trips, have begun to open air preach on a weekly basis at a local abortion clinic. I also frequent a local university in my area, and enjoy preaching Jesus at the local parades and other events. I love to workout, play sports, go to the beach, and spend time with my family. This will be my 2nd Super Bowl outreach.
Alex Burt – Bethlehem, GA
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
Taylor Callen – Fort Worth, TX
I was born and raised in Lafayette, Louisiana, and now I’m a Junior at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Fort Worth, TX. I’m studying theology and I hope to pursue pastoral ministries when I graduate. When I was a sophomore in high school I had this ever present desire to reach out to the lost but I had no idea how to do that. Then, I got into Biblical Evangelism after I saw 180 movie and I’ve been motivated to bring the Gospel to the streets ever since. Three years ago at the outreach in New Orleans, I broke the sound barrier for the first time and I have been street preaching ever since. I live in the D/FW metroplex so I am consistently a part of evangelistic outreaches in this area. So, I’ll see you guys out there! Soli Deo Gloria, et semper reformanda!
Joseph Carmichael – Montgomery, AL
Joseph V. (Josh) Carmichael. Born in Enterprise, Alabama. Educated at the University of Alabama, Reformed Theological Seminary, and The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. I am a minister in the Presbyterian Church in America. I live in Montgomery, Alabama and serve as pastor of New Covenant Presbyterian Church (PCA) in Selma, Alabama. I also teach for Birmingham Theological Seminary and Eastwood Christian School. I am married to Betsy, an Atlanta native, and we have 6 sons, ages 4 to 17.
Jamie Clark – Lexington, SC
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. This has been manifest more and more in the increasing desire to proclaim His Gospel in the open air. With the blessing of our pastor, I will be participating with SFOI SBO 17 for the first time. I am humbled by this opportunity to proclaim the Gospel in this setting, as well as to fellowship with, and learn from Godly saints who love the Lord and the lost. The Lord has blessed me with a wonderful wife, Kathy, and two children.
Joe Conkle – Ashland, OH
I am a father of 3 adult children and have 1 grandson. God, by his grace saved me 10 years ago after living as a false convert for 31 years. Since then I’ve been compelled to share the Gospel. I normally do street ministry with the Prayer Stand outside the local Courthouse, Ashland University along with my pastor Matt Timmons and friend David Nicol.
Other evangelistic efforts include THE Ohio State Buckeyes home games, and helping other fellow evangelist.
My desire is to glorify God, be obedient to his word, and be a better evangelist.
Caleb Davenport – Wooster, OH
Caleb Davenport was born in Hamilton, Ohio in 1961 and lived there until he left for college in 1979. He graduated from Liberty University in 1984 where he was able to fund his undergraduate education through a scholarship for college football. He continued his education, earning his graduate degree in May of 1987. In December of 1987, Caleb entered the U.S. Air Force where he served in the 480th Tactical Fighter Squadron located at Spangdahlem Air Base, Germany. In August of 1990, Caleb married his bride, Susan. One month later, Caleb was sent to serve in Desert Shield at an island in the heart of the Persian Gulf called Bahrain. After the Gulf War, Caleb and Susan settled in Ohio to be near family. Recently Caleb ran for State Senator in Ohio, because he was asked to run by concerned citizens in Wayne County and was endorsed by 9 conservative political pacts in the state of Ohio, who want to see lower taxes and more liberty given to each individual citizen. Caleb has been a financial consultant since January, 1991. He has a vast and broad understanding of financial and estate planning. Caleb has been certified as a Financial Educator teaching financial planning courses which have been recognized by many state universities across the United States. He is a Certified Wealth Strategist and holds a Series 6, Series 7 and Series 66 license. Caleb Davenport is the founder and President of Legacy Retirement Advisors, Inc. There is a motto that Caleb lives by, and that is: when he takes on a client, he takes on a relationship.
Dan Davis – Seymour, WI
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.
Arnold Davtyan – Glendale, CA
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.
Matt De Jesus – Glendale, Arizona
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.
Ryan Denton – Thoreau, NM
I’m currently the Pastor of a Baptist Church on the Navajo Indian reservation in NM. Beginning in 2017 I’ll be preaching full-time on the streets and in the prisons of El Paso, Las Cruces, and Juarez. I’m the Founder and Director of Christ in the Wild Ministries, which focuses on preaching Christ outside church walls, hence “in the wild.” www.christinthewild.com
At 22 I was saved by Jesus Christ. I’d been living with a woman out of wedlock. I was using marijuana and whiskey nightly. My cussing would’ve humbled any sailor. I spent some time in jail. Then God gave me a curiosity for the things of Him. I started to wonder about my soul. I started reading the Bible. I became convicted of sin. Within the month I moved out of my girlfriend’s house, telling her something strange was happening but I didn’t know what it was. One night I took a walk in rural New Mexico and looked at the stars and it was like I saw them for the first time in my life. The scales fell out of my eyes. The glory of God pummeled me. The reality of Christ’s death and resurrection clenched me. The Holy Spirit had sealed me. God’s presence became warmer and more tangible than any drug or woman I’d ever known. Eventually the outward sins had vanished, the boozing and the smoking and the whoring and the cussing, but I became aware of an even fiercer battle between sin and holiness that was taking place in my thoughts. This warfare continues today, as each day I labor to become more conformed to the image of Jesus Christ, and as each day my flesh attempts to resist me.
Shortly after this I graduated from UNM in Albuquerque with BA’s in Philosophy and English, then St. John’s College in Santa Fe with a Master’s degree in Philosophy. The repulsion and futility I’ve since felt towards secular academics and the world’s ambitions catapulted me into the sole pursuit of preaching the gospel of Jesus Christ, which I’ve done ever since, through the grace of our Lord.
Dave Dunbar – Plano, TX
Dave was born and raised in South Dakota, but didn’t hear the gospel until he went away to college. After realizing he was a sinner in need of the Savior, he turned from sin and trusted in the Lord Jesus Christ. He has been married to Susanna since 1985, and they’ve been blessed with seven children (ages 25-7). He has served the church in a number of different ways over the years, and participated in SBO 2013 in New Orleans. Dave and his family reside in Plano (Dallas) Texas, and are members of Countryside Bible Church in Southlake.
Rick & Amy Garland – Bakersfield, CA
My name is Rick Garland. I grew up in a Christian home but came to faith as a young adult. I began open air evangelism in 2012 and also serve in my local church as a Sunday School teacher and outreach coordinator. I am raising support to preach full time on the streets as well as in California prisons. My ministry is Lighthouse Gospel Ministries and my website is www.gospelbeacon.org. This is my 5th Superbowl Outreach.
I am Amy Garland I was raised in a Christian home and came to faith as a teenager. I grew up around pro-life ministry and have ministered on the sidewalks of abortion clinics most of my life. Rick and I met at a pro-life prayer vigil in 2008 and married in 2013. We labor together for souls as often as possible. This is my 4th Superbowl Outreach.
Peter Garon – Bakersfield, CA
I was born and raised in Los Angeles, lived in Santa Clarita for a long time (north L.A. County), and now live in Bakersfield, CA where I attend Crossway Baptist Church. I’m married and have two adult kids; our oldest is a sheriff’s deputy in Texas, and our youngest is at college and preparing for a life in missions.
As a Jew I faced social isolation in my neighborhood, the schools I attended and was subject to both verbal and physical abuse. I “believed” in Jesus when I was in college (around May of 1982) after leaving Reformed Judaism for Secular Humanism when I was in college. I was baptized at a Bible teaching church, and was a member at 3 evangelical churches for a total of 28 years. I was on a church missions committee, an AWANA leader for 7 years, a volunteer representative for a missions agency, a faithful member of the ushering team at my church and even took part in a missions trip to Spain. And yet before April 23, 2010 I was not a Christian; I was a false convert. I was busy living out Matthew 7:21-23. The modern false Gospel played its role in my life reassuring me I was saved and was a part of the Body of Christ when I was actually on the broad road to destruction.
When God saved me I certainly wasn’t looking for salvation or becoming a Christian, after all, I thought I already was. By His grace and for His glory, God revealed to me who and what I was. I confessed Jesus as Lord, the one who died and rose from the dead, and that I had sinned against God more than I could know, but the worst was that I had claimed to be a Christian when I wasn’t. I told God I wouldn’t blame Him if He sent me to hell, but I begged Him to save me. Afterwards I remember thinking as I drove home, “So this is what Christians feel like.”
The Bible verse I used at my false baptism was Revelation 3:20. At my real baptism the verse I quoted was Matthew 7:21-23.
I started going out on the street to testify to God’s saving grace not long after, but it took over a year before I met up with evangelist Tony Miano. It was Tony who took me with him as heralded the Gospel and trained me in evangelism. This will be my second Super Bowl with Sports Fan Outreach International. I look forward to seeing you all there.
Jamie Hall – Myrtle Beach, SC
My name is James Hall. I’m from myrtle beach, south Carolina. I’m 6’10” tall. I started a company of my own last year. It’s call Praise The Lord Paracord. I work for a company called IGA, as a Custodian. I am also a Street Preacher for The 5 Solas Outreach Ministry. We evangelize around or area and neighboring states. Been evolved in Super Bowl Outreach. And it wouldn’t have been possible without Jesus Christ.
Paul Harvey – Madison, AL
I was raised in a Christian home, but was living a life of hypocrisy until 2007. The Lord used a faithful preacher to show me my sin, and God granted me grace. One of the first things the Lord dealt with me about was evangelism. I went out, making mistakes, learning, studying, and growing. By God’s grace I am more equipped now than before, yet I am always wanting to learn more of Christ, share more of Christ, and fellowship more with the body of Christ. My wife of 20 years (Randa) has faithfully prayed for me both as a man needing Christ, and now praying for me as a man following Christ. We have three sons, Matthew (15), Jonathan (14), and Ryan (12). Our local fellowship, CrossPointe Church, supports us in the public proclamation of the gospel, both in prayer, finances, and holding us accountable to our elders. SDG!
Ken Hisle – Bloomington, Ill
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!
Justin Hoffman – East Peoria, IL
Hello, my name is Justin Hoffman. The Lord saved me by His Sovereign plan in 2002. Since that time, the Lord has drawn me away from my love of sin and self and given me a new heart with new desires. Not too long after my conversion, the Lord directed me to a ministry called Living Waters. Through this Ministry the Lord developed in my heart a call to evangelism. In 2004 I began street evangelism in my normal day-to-day activities. It took me a few years to study and work up the courage to go out and begin open-air preaching. It wasn’t until 2008 that I really started to have a passion for learning how to open-air preach. Between 2008-2012 I spent a lot of time passing out tracts at local events and at small functions. In 2012 the Lord opened up the opportunity to join other brethren here in the Peoria, Illinois area. It was in 2012 that I had began to interact with Bill Adams and SFOI. Since 2012, I have attended four Super Bowl Outreaches and two Kentucky Derby Outreaches. I am grateful for the time of fellowship that these outreaches offer and the privilege to labor on the streets with the brethren. I look forward to what the Lord will do through more of these opportunities!
Kris Hudson – Fargo, ND
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.
Jerry Jones – Carthage, TX
My name is Jerry Jones. I am 28 years old and live in Carthage, Texas. I have been blessed with an amazing Godly wife, Tiffany, and we have 3 children. I grew up going to southern baptist Churches and said the sinner’s prayer when I was 7. Shortly after this my parents divorced I remained out of Church until I was about 21. I went on and off, but never had any type of relationship with God. I began going to Church regularly when I was 23, but it was just religion and no relationship. I got fairly involved in Church activities, and God graciously revealed the true gospel to me through “The Shocking Youth Video” when I was 26. I do not know an exact date of salivation, but shortly afterwards God gave me a desire to study His word and spend more time than I could ever have imagined being able to, apart from His grace, in prayer. I began having conviction that if I was a true believer I should share my faith, and always admired people who were able to stand out in the open air and proclaim the gospel. My wife and I got conviction to go to an abortion mill and call out to women, and through this outreach met Seth Capps. I was able to watch him preach at a local festival, and though it was horrible, the Lord gave me the ability to proclaim the gospel to the masses in November 2014. God has been so amazing in orchestrating all these Godly men and women in my life who have helped shape me and disciple me. I am excited to grow through attending this outreach, and also looking forward to meeting fellow evangelist from across America. This is my first SFOI event!
As far as hobbies are concerned I love spending time with my family, and reading/listening to audiobooks.
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!!
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.
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!
Warren and Darlene Marquardt – Lakeland, FL
We have been married over 30 years and saved about 25 of those years. Currently living in Florida but we are originally from Wisconsin. We have four grown children all out on their own. We have served with Sport’s Fan Outreach on several occasions including last year at SBO 15. We currently attend Calvary Chapel, Lakeland, and do outreach at the abortion clinic twice a week.
Stephen Morris – Raleigh, NC
Thank God for Jesus! I go by Stephen Morris, and I’m thankful for God’s grace that has brought me into His family as His son by Jesus’ blood and resurrection! I made a profession of salvation at age 5, but doubt and sinful living were consistent during my childhood and adolescent years. Many times when troubled about my eternal life/death, I prayed for salvation. There still remained doubting, and when I hit puberty, my bent toward sin grew. At age 15, while with my family at a revival, camp meeting in Georgia, my brother Samuel asked my dad, “How can I know I’m saved?” In that moment the Spirit began deep conviction in my life, and 2 days later as my dad preached on “Thanks be to God for His unspeakable gift” the LORD God called me to Himself and saved me!
The doubting returned that same evening I was saved and the rest of the summer was heavy with spiritual struggle. The Lord testified through His Spirit in my life that I was born again by my changing heart and ways, even though sin still messed me up and disobedience to Jesus as the Lord of all of me hindered my growth in grace.
Since the Lord Jesus revived a heart that wants to know and follow Him about 4 years ago, He has grown me in the grace and knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ. His uniting me to His church by my fellowship with His church at Imago Dei Church here where I live in Raleigh, NC has blessed my soul. I was baptized there on Easter Sunday 2013 and have been a member since Fall of that same year. By the edifying of my church and the Holy Spirit, God the LORD has deepened my love to my Savior and my love to my neighbors. My prayer is “that He would grant you, according to the riches of His glory, to be strengthened with might through His Spirit in the inner man, that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith; that you, being rooted and grounded in love, may be able to comprehend with all the saints what is the width and length and depth and height— to know the love of Christ which passes knowledge; that you may be filled with all the fullness of God. Now to Him who is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us, to Him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus to all generations, forever and ever. Amen.”
Mike Peek – Whitehouse, TX
My name is Mike Peek. I am a follower of the Lord Jesus Christ, Son of God; the Word who became flesh and dwelt among us. I first began following the Lord in April 2003 during a church wide 40 day reading of a book called The Purpose Driven Life. The Lord used that book to draw me to Him; however, I do not recommend this book today because I have since come to know the way of God more accurately. I am currently working on a Master of Theological Studies at Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary and I fellowship at Sylvania Church in Tyler, Texas.
I am the eldest son of Richard and Carole Peek, I was born May 4, 1968 in Richardson, Texas. I am a husband to Darlene, we were married June 30, 1990 in Mansfield, Louisiana. I am a father to Daniel James Peek, adopted November 4, 1992, born July 13, 1989 and Bethany Rachel Peek, born July 20, 1993.
By profession I am a Critical Care Registered Nurse; which means that I help people, who, because of illness or injury are unable to sustain life without help. Many people do recover, but others do not. Therefore, I am compelled to tell people about the free gift of God which is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.
My ministry is simple: I write this blog. I give out gospel tracts everywhere that I go. One day a week I go to a public place and preach a 10 Minute Open-Air Sermon while giving away copies of The Gospel According to John..
“For he who was called in the Lord while a slave, is the Lord’s freedman; likewise he who was called while free, is Christ’s slave. You were bought with a price; do not become slaves of men.” (1 Cor 7:22-23)
I am a sinner fallen short of the glory of God. Jesus bought me with a price, and that price was His own precious blood. I deserve death and He took my place. The apostle Paul began his epistle to the Romans with these words;
“Paul, a bond-servant of Christ Jesus, called as an apostle, set apart for the gospel of God,” (Rom 1:1)
The phrase “a bond-servent of Christ Jesus” in Greek says; δοῦλος (doulos) Χριστός (Christos) Ἰησοῦς (Iēsous). According to the NASB Exaustive Concordance; g1401 δοῦλος doulos means a slave; g5547 Χριστός Christos means the Anointed One, Messiah, Christ; and g2424 Ἰησοῦς Iēsous means Jesus or Joshua, the name of the Messiah. Therefore, since the apostle Paul considered himself to be a slave of Jesus Christ, I do also because we are both purchased by the blood of Jesus Christ through faith.
Jenifer Pepling – Gibsonia, PA
Jenifer Pepling is the President of Christian Collegian Network (CCN), and Campus Leader at the University of Pittsburgh and Slippery Rock University. Jenifer has been seeking and saving the lost at PITT since 2007. She has successfully trained numerous Christians how to share the gospel through evangelism courses and hands-on training, attended several mission trips in various states, designed, built and ran “witnessing booths” at local festivals, led groups to evangelize at parades and other public venues, and led large book and DVD giveaways at various colleges. Jenifer continues to lead the ministry in fulfilling the great commission on and off the college campuses.
Paul Roepnack – Cary, NC
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
Seth Richardson – Rougemont, NC
Seth Richardson is a husband and father of 3 from Durham North Carolina. He works full time in the field of Network Security but his heart is Evangelism and he desires to make that his vocation.
Seth was raised in the umbrella of the Watchtower Society and was baptized as one of Jehovah’s Witnesses in 1997. Seth served as a faithful teacher and Evangelist for the Watchtower for 17 years until witnessing certain events within the organization led him to question the Watchtower claim to authority among other doctrines. In December 2013, Seth stepped down from his role in the organization and formally dissociated himself. After a few months, Seth heard a full and clear presentation of the Gospel by Todd Ellis of Make Sure Ministries in a Youtube video which led him to repent and put his trust in Christ. Seth contacted Todd and Betty Ellis who conducted a Bible study with Seth and his family weekly for several months by phone until Seth and his family came under the discipleship of First Baptist Church of Durham North Carolina. Seth and his wife Linda were baptized August 10, 2014.
Seth became active in street evangelism and open air preaching in the fall 2015 and shares in this work on a weekly basis in Durham and Raleigh North Carolina. Seth is currently being discipled in Evangelism by Tommy Waltz and Gospel of God Ministries.
Frank Rollberg – Muscle Shoals, AL
In the year 2000 God saved me by his amazing grace.I was raised Catholic when I was younger but my family only went on Christmas and Easter. I was sent to catechism classes and conformation classes but it meant nothing to me. It was just what you did back then. I lived my life as a rebel and was a wicked man only living for self. But at work one day at lunch there was a young man sitting across the table who was a JW. And he asked me if I were to die would I go to heaven?
I said yes I thought I was pretty good person compared to the rest of mankind, I said I did more good things than bad. He asked if I had a Bible at home and I said yes. He said read it. So I picked up the Bible never read it in my life and started reading it for the first time and GOD started to open my eye’s. I couldn’t put it down there was a hunger there that was never there before. After some months of non stop reading the Truth of His Word God was convicting me showing me that I was a wicked lost man born in sin and that I was not good at all according to His standard. In the spring of the year 2000 in my room one night broken over my sin I cried out to God to save me and forgive me of all my sin confessing and forsaking all the sin I could remember in my life repenting of all that I could remember and asking God to change my heart to love and follow Him in obedience putting my trust my faith in Him alone. From that day forward God changed my heart to seek after him and gave me such a hunger for Him and His Word. I had to tell people about Him and what He has done for me from that point on begain sharing with people especially my wife Lisa who thought I was absolutely out of my mind. She was not a believer at that time it took a couple of years for God to save her also Praise His Glorious Name! Tried to find a Biblical Church in the suburb of Chicago where we lived at the time and just couldn’t find anything biblical without driving 2 hours from our house. Evently heard Paul Washer speak in Alabama and a few years after that in 2008 we evently moved to Alabama to get our family under the preaching of the Word we took it that seriously. Our families thought we were crazy but we moved anyway. Went to the same church that we seen Paul Washer speak and about 3 years ago my Pastor who is involved with Heartcry planted a Church in the area and we are part of that work right now where we are members. We have the full support of our Church and Pastor for the evangelistic ministry that we do in and around the area which consists of open air preaching, college campus ministry etc. May our Great God receive All the Glory. There is No King but Christ!!
Ed Romine – Fort Worth, TX
I live in Fort Worth, Texas. God saved me from His holy wrath and my sins in 2006. I have been active in street evangelism since 2013. I love preaching God’s good news both on the streets and in the pulpit. I am an active member of Rock Creek Baptist Church in Crowley, Texas. I am under the authority of this local body. My ministry would not be possible without Rock Creek. I have been blessed to street preach and evangelize in Texas, Arizona, Colorado, Utah, and New York. I fully support SFOI in its ministry endeavors.
I have served with Brother Bill Adams in two Superbowl outreaches (NYC and Phoenix) and one final four outreach (Dallas). I currently am pursuing my MDiv at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary with a concentration in Greek and Hebrew.. I’m looking to graduate in May 2016.
Jaycen Saab – Bridgeport, WV
Jaycen Saab was raised in a Roman Catholic home until leaving for the U.S. Navy a month after graduating high school. While in the military he waded in and out of religious gatherings of both Roman Catholicism and Evangelical services. Upon returning home he spent many years without a saving relationship with Christ bouncing in and out of bars playing with bands and then running a successful DJ/karaoke business.
While still DJ’ing he began attending his first Protestant church. Soon thereafter, he professed Christ through the traditional sinner’s prayer and only 3 short months later, it was obvious he was simply another false convert.
In October 2004, spurned by a family tragedy, he surrendered to Christ and has been growing and walking with our Lord ever since his true conversion.
In 2005, he felt the call to ministry and began as a youth pastor and worship leader only to discover many unbiblical practices as typical in the seeker-friendly church in America.
After eventually finding a Biblical church, he served for 3 1/2 years as worship leader and itinerant preacher which led to answering the call of an evangelist. In 2013 he arrived at his current church only to find that the elders had been praying for someone with the gift of evangelism to 1 1/2 yrs prior to his arrival. The church stood in agreement that modern evangelism methods fall short of being Biblical and there is a need to return to the Biblical examples of street preaching.
Since then, he leads the street team at his church. His ministry takes him throughout all of Appalachia in West Virginia focusing on festivals, city streets, and any events where a large gathering people may be found.
He is married and has 4 children and is a commissioned evangelist by his church Fellowship Bible Church and founder of West Virginia for the Gospel. www.wv4g.org
Tom Sadowski – Denton, TX
Born in Michigan in 1956. Converted to Christ while in the military in 1975. Moved to Texas in 1981. Married in 1983. First involved in public/street evangelism in 1984. First Super Bowl outreach in 2009. Six children, two grandchildren. The Lord is good.
Peter Salas – Monroe, GA
I am 48 years old, and have been married for 20 years to Andrea. We have two sons (Jarod, 16 and Jonah 14). I was raised Catholic but walked away from it when I turned 18 years old, and continued to wander around as a pagan until the Lord saved me in the summer of 2000.
For over seven years, the Lord has allowed me to be a part of a wonderful group of men with whom I have been ministering in Athens, GA, near the campus of the University of Georgia. By the grace of God, SBO ’17 will be my 5th opportunity to preach the Gospel at the Super Bowl. To God be the glory!
Jeff Sauriki – Summerville, SC
My name is Jeff Sauricki. I have lived in Grayson GA for the last 15 years and before that in Northeast Ohio. I will be married 42 year in August to my High School sweetheart Susan. My daughters Amy and Marianne live here in GA as well. I have 10 grandchildren. Amy is mother to two of my granddaughters and Marianne is mother to two granddaughters and 6 grandsons. I am a member of Lilburn Alliance Church in Tucker.
God called me to be an evangelist in 2009 and that same year I attended Living Waters Ambassador Academy #11. Some of my service to God has included going weekly to a Youth Detention Center for 5 years, the last 4 Super Bowl outreaches, Fall for Greenville, Dogwood Festival, monthly trips to minister in Charleston SC and other various ministries in Atlanta. These 6 years have taught me a lot about what I don’t know when it come to God and his word.
My prayer SFOI would honor the Lord, that everyone would be safe, that we would see God at work through us, that the lost would see and hear our compassion for the them and that brothers and sisters in Christ would demonstrate the same love that made 1st century people marvel.
Bill ‘DOC’ Shank – South Saint Paul, MN
My name is Bill ‘DOC’ Schank. I was born in the Town of Cottage Grove, Minnesota; and I am the middle of seven Children. I was raised up in the Roman Catholic religion. I graduated High School in 1982. Two months after graduating high school I Enlisted in the United States Air Force.
Praise the LORD, I have been Open Air Preaching for over eight years. The ministry which God has called me to involves me traveling throughout the United States and abroad to other countries preaching the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ including one to one witnessing to the lost. The bulk of my time evangelizing was done in the Spring, Summer, and Fall months. I thank the Lord for giving me the opportunity to travel and share his Holy word.
Duane Schneider – Oakfield, WI
My name is Duane, I am from Fond du Lac Wisconsin. I am married and have two children, I am self-employed and seeking to pursue Evangelism with much more of my time. I was brought up in the church and was a false convert for 30+years but in God’s sovereignty He saved me, after I started reading my Bible in January of 1998. I enjoy taking the Gospel to the Super BowlOutreachs, Packer games, local county fairs, and to the lakefront in my city. I have a great burden for false converts and those caught up in the cults. “Evangelism’s highest and ultimate end is not the welfare of men, not even their eternal bliss, but the glorification of God.” – R. B. Kuiper
Steven Stanley – Morehead, KY
My name is Steven Stanley and I live in Morehead KY with my wife and two sons. I have worked in healthcare for 19 years, but my calling is to preach the glorious Gospel of Jesus Christ!
I lived the majority of my adult life as a non-believer, then was a false convert for about 2 years before God granted me genuine repentance and faith in His precious Son. He immediately placed a burden on my heart for the lost. Over the last 6 years I have grown by God’s grace in my evangelism endeavors. I have attended the Super Bowl Outreaches in New Orleans, New York, Phoenix, San Francisco and also the last four KY Derby Outreaches. I live in a college town so when school is in session I enjoy going to campus to open air preach and hand out Gospel tracts. I also travel to Lexington, KY to minister with Cities for Life-Lexington outside the abortion clinic.
I am also a seminary student at Covenant Baptist Theological Seminary in Owensboro, KY seeking my Masters in Pastoral Studies and ultimately my MDiv.
It is a privilege and honor to preach Christ and Him crucified and I look forward to laboring with my brothers and sisters in the Lord! SDG!
Mark Sumpter – Richmond, VA
I have been serving as an Orthodox Presbyterian Church minister since 1993, and I look forward to learning to serve in open air preaching and public ministries of evangelism. I live in the Houston area and several of us are seeking to plant churches in Houston and the greater Southwest of the USA. Presently, my title is Regional Home Missionary. Looking forward to meeting all y’all.
Brad Tower – Fairfax, IA
I attended church my entire life and professed to be a believer in Christ. When I was in my mid-twenties I read a book called “Way of the Master”, listened to “Hell’s Best Kept Secret” and the “True and False Conversion”. After going through these materials multiple times I finally understood what biblical repentance was and it became very obvious I had never been born again. It was at that point that I gave my life to Jesus Christ. Right away I had a desire to share the gospel with lost people. For over 4 years I watched hundreds of hours of other people witnessing and doing open air preaching. I was also reading and studying many materials on the subject of evangelism. All the while I never witnessed to anyone.
Eventually, I realized if I was ever going to witness I was going to have to just do it by myself and learn to deal with my fears of talking to people. So I started going to the bar section of town on the weekends and walked around passing out tracts and talking to people. Shortly after I started witnessing I attended the Ambassadors Academy in the summer of 2010 and again in 2011. These academies really helped me step out of my comfort zone and not only witness to people one on one and pass out tracts but also to open air preach, something I have been doing for 4 and a half years now on the University of Iowa campus. Last year I attended the Super Bowl Outreach in Phoenix and am looking forward to another great experience in San Francisco
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.
Joseph Toy, Jr.
438 Folcroft Ave. Folcroft, PA 19032
Anthony Varon – Hawthorne, CA
My name is Anthony and I am a passionate evangelist for Jesus. I got saved back in 2004 with the Harvest Crusade. After living much of my life thinking I was saved, It was not until recently that I realized what Jesus did for me and the strength he gives me daily to fight temptation. I started sharing the gospel back in 06/07 in L.A. using Way of the Master tracts and their technique. I have done many events including parades, gay parades, big outreaches in L.A, Colombia, South America and across the country at different universities. I am originally from NC but live in Los Angeles now and pursuing my dream of being a Film Producer. I am single with no kids and am a huge SPORTS fan especially the Carolina Panthers!
Jeff Warner – Grants Pass, OR
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.
Ken White – Riverview, FL
Hi my name is Ken White. By God’s Grace, “I am the husband of one wife”, my beautiful and faithful wife, Webze White. Webze was born and raised in the Philippines, and has been in Christ and faithfully and diligently serving Him for many years, well before the LORD saved me and gave me a new heart.
I am 48 years old and am so incredibly thankful to the LORD to be able to say that I have now been serving the Lord Jesus Christ for more than half of my life – Only by His Mercy and Grace. The LORD saved me around 1990, and very shortly after, I began to share the Gospel (to the best of my understanding at the time) and soon became involved in missions.
In 1993 I went to the Philippines to join a filipino church planting ministry team which included, Webze, as one of the members, and that is where we met. Since that time we have also been involved in other interdenominational ministries, and though we would often question many things regarding various teachings and practices, the Bible, God’s Unchanging Word, has been our anchor all along.
Just over five years ago, I was introduced to the doctrines of Grace, and some truths that were verified for me came together, which impacted me greatly. Very shortly after that, I was compelled by the LORD, including the LORD using a friend’s challenges to me, to begin to preach in the open-air. In the Power of the Holy Spirit and with the confidence of Jesus Christ and His Word, I have been preaching regularly ever since. May our Great God be Praised for all that He does in and through such weak vessels as me! (2 Corinthians 4:5-7 / 1 Corinthians 2:4,5 / 1 Corinthians 1:26-29)
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!
Jerry Wing – Fort Worth, TX
I am currently seeking a Masters of Divinity degree at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. I was raised in a Christian home. I made a profession of faith and was baptized in the second grade. Throughout my teen years, I struggled with intense fear and doubt as to my salvation. Though I have only been baptized once, and I never walked another aisle, it would be safe to say that every time I heard a call to accept Jesus into one’s heart, I was desperately praying that prayer silently. My parents tried to tell me that the sinner’s prayer wasn’t a set of magic words, but for whatever reason, I never grasped what that meant. In my sophomore year at college, I read JD Graear’s Stop Asking Jesus Into Your Heart. That was the first time I truly understood what it meant to place your faith in the completed work of Christ, and rest in that posture of belief and repentance. I do not know when I was saved, exactly. Looking back, despite the fear and doubt, I see possible evidence of God sanctifying me and growing my love for Him, with much deeper growth over the past few years. What I do know is that God called me to Himself, and saved me. He allowed me to place my trust in Him and repent, and now has given me a heart to spread the Gospel wherever I can.
Mark Yoho – Sugar Valley, GA
Mark 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