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April 1, 2011

Area church leaders excited about revivals, speakers

DUNCAN — Various churches in the Duncan area are planning revival events, ramping up to the Easter weekend approaching later in the month.

Ray of Hope Church is planning revival events for the first three Sundays in April.

Pastor Mike McCord said when booking the guests, he hoped that introducing a new voice to his congregation would help aide in the revival events.

“We try and have something in the spring, to have a little variety of ministry,” McCord said.

“It’s a good thing to hear other great ministry other than me. It gives people a few options and a little rest from me.”

Appearing on April 3, Richard Bolte of Mercy and Grace Ministries will speak to the congregation about the restoration and marriage type ministry. On April 10, Jason Crabb, southern gospel musical artist will appear. Crabb will be speaking at the 10:45 a.m. service and will follow his sermon with a concert at 6 p.m.

“We’ve had more contemporary artists come in before but we wanted to try more southern gospel, different music appeals to different type of people,” McCord said.

Rounding out the month of visitors will be Pastor Kemp Holden, who is the pastor at Harvest Time Tabernacle in Fort Smith, Ark., where Holden preaches to a crowd of 3,000 worshipers every week.

 “Kemp and I have been friends for 20 years and he comes about every year and speaks about his ministry all over the world,” McCord said.

“He has a real good heartbeat for what is going on in the church on a worldwide scale. He can provide more perspective from our local area to a more world view.”

McCord hopes the different voices of revival speakers will allow their messages to resonate with the congregation and help them become more committed to the word of God and raise the level of excellence of what they do.

Highland Park Baptist has planned its revival events for April 17-20. Pastor Mike Tompkins will be traveling from Lawton to speak.

Tompkins is the director of missions for Comanche Cotton Association, which helps start and revitalize churches and plan church activities.

Pastor Jerry Couch of Highland Park hopes that Tompkins will provide a spark to help in the decline of attendance at his church.

“Whatever he is led to speak about, whatever God wants him to preach, we’ll let him do that,” Couch said. “We’ve described what we are going through as a church and he’ll use it to inform his speaking.”

Couch has been acquainted with Tompkins for a long time, he said, adding he is a good speaker and is impressed by his preaching.

“I wanted this guy to come in for this revival,” Couch said.

“Revival means to revitalize and make new again, starting here in the spring, we hope to put an emphasis on renewal in the church and spiritual renewal overall.”

Guest evangelist Bob Pittman will be hosting services April 17 -20 at New Hope Baptist Church. Pastor Randy Southerland said that they church is excited to have him speak during their revival.

Pittman is working at the Mid-America Baptist Theological Seminary in Memphis, Tenn., as dean of the Adrian Rogers Center for biblical preaching. Southerland has heard Pittman speak before and is excited about the upcoming revival.

“We have had him booked for this revival for more than two years. He is a busy man,” Southerland said.

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