Eden Westside Baptist Church will host the “Come to Christ Crusade” tent revival Oct. 4–8 from 6:30 to 8:30 nightly on the church’s campus in Pell City in St. Clair County.
Speakers include C.T. Townsend of North Augusta, South Carolina; Scott Dawson of Birmingham; Steve Gaines of Cordova, Tennessee; Ted Traylor of Pensacola, Florida; and Johnny Hunt of Woodstock, Georgia.
Birmingham’s ABC 33/40 Chief Meteorologist James Spann also will speak at the crusade. Musical guests include Charles Billingsley, Jonathan Wilburn and University of Mobile vocal performing ensemble Voices of Mobile.
The tent will accommodate some 1,600 people, and Eden Westside Pastor Jacky Connell said the crusade will follow current state health regulations and take every precaution “to ensure that people are as safe as possible.”
Connell said God planted the idea of a tent meeting in his heart in April 2019, and he began to plan, never imagining how different life would look in October 2020 due to a global pandemic.
“When you look back, there was really nothing going on back then that would call for something this unconventional,” Connell said. “But God knew what was going to happen in 2020. … I am absolutely and utterly convinced that this (crusade) is of God.”
The purpose of the “Come to Christ Crusade” is evangelistic, Connell said.
“It is for people to come to a place where they are introduced to Jesus; it’s not come to a denomination, not come to a particular church, such as Eden Westside, but it’s come to Christ. Anybody can come. It’s for everyone to have an opportunity to respond to the gospel message.”
All ages will hear the gospel, he said. A children’s crusade for ages 4 to 6th grade will be held on Eden’s campus inside the children’s building. Child care will be provided for children 3 years old and younger.
A baptism at Lake Logan Martin will be held at 2 p.m. on Oct. 11 at Lakeside Park in Pell City for those who accept Christ at the crusade.
For more information, visit edenwestside.org