East Georgia Go Tell Crusade to hold Christian life/witness classes

by | March 2, 2005 12:00 am

Christian Life and Witness Classes will be held at 7 p.m. March 7 and 14 in Swainsboro in preparation for the East Georgia Go Tell Crusade scheduled in April. The classes will be held in the Maurice D. Boatwright Auditorium at Swainsboro Technical College, 346 Kite Road, Swainsboro.

Ernest J. Kelley, president of Ernest J. Kelly Ministries of Alpharetta and a Baptist Minister will lead classes on becoming a witness by living the life of a Christian and using opportunities to witness to others about the fulfillment of life with Christ. The classes are slated to prepare local people to serve as witnesses and counselors during the East Georgia Go Tell Crusade to be held April 17-20 at Swainsboro High School’s Tiger Field in Swainsboro. The Crusade will feature Rick Gage, a former college football coach who gave up that career to found Rick Gage Ministries.

Dr. Kelley served as pastor of Baptist Churches in Georgia and Tennessee for several years before moving to work with the Georgia Baptist Convention in 1965. He served in several capacities with the Convention before being named Director of Evangelism and Missions Division. His career with the Convention spanned more than 23 years. Following his work with the Baptist Convention, Dr. Kelley served in various capacities with the Home Mission Board for more than 21 years before founding Ernest J. Ministries in Alpharetta.

“My commitment and personal goal is to serve our Lord Jesus Christ to the best of my ability,” commented Dr. Kelley. He holds a bachelor of arts degree from Cumberland University in Lebanon, Tenn., the bachelor of divinity degree from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Fort Worth, Texas and the doctor of divinity from Golden State Baptist Theological Seminary in Mill Valley, Calif. Dr. Kelley has preached in crusades in Germany, Australia, Guam and Samoa and participated in mission tours in Korea, Hong Kong, China, South Africa and Canada.

The East Georgia Go Tell Crusade is a grassroots to bring revival and Christian Unity to the East Georgia area, according to Russell Collins, Crusade general chairman. “We have a vision of people of all races and backgrounds joining together for a week to bring the message of God to those who do not attend church regularly. As part of the crusade, there is also an emphasis no youth with a number of youth speakers and a pizza party on Wednesday night of the crusade,” said Collins.

The Crusade committee selected Rick Gage as speaker for the week-long event, founder of Rick Gage GO TELL Ministries in Greater Atlanta. In 1986, Rick Gage walked away from a promising career coaching college football, surrendering his life to full-time evangelistic ministry. Since that time, he has witnessed more than 250,000 decisions for Christ through his many evangelistic outreaches in America and abroad. His single focus and passion is winning people to Christ and incorporating them into the local church to be discipled.

In an Associated Press article, Roger Alford compares Rick Gage’s GO TELL Crusades to those of the Reverend Billy Graham’s, stating that Gage fills stadiums just as full as the Rev. Billy Graham does. “It’s just that the stadiums are much smaller. The Texas native takes his

Go Tell

Crusades to the small towns that other preachers might see only from the air on their way to big cities. Like Graham, Gage preaches the same Gospel, offers the same invitation to would-be believers, and sees multitudes walk toward the platform to accept Christ.” Gage’s annual GO TELL Camps have reached more than 50,000 young people and their leaders from churches nationwide. Each summer, thousands are radically and eternally changed by the power of God. They leave camp to make a difference for Christ in their homes, schools, and communities. As well as speaking and appearing on numerous radio and television programs, Gage has chronicled his life story in a book entitled

The Coach

, with foreword by the late NFL Hall of Fame legend, Tom Landry.

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