Evangelism conference features Towns, Wingfield

Posted: Friday, June 07, 2002

Several central Kenai Peninsula churches have come together to host an evangelism conference featuring Dr. Elmer Towns and Steve Wingfield.

The conference will kick off Saturday with a 7 p.m. banquet at Paradisos restaurant in Kenai. Towns' message for the evening is entitled "Vision, do you see what God can do?"

The public is invited, but must RSVP to Cameron Dockery at 262-2687.

The conference runs through Tuesday. Evening programs will be at 7 p.m. Sunday through Tuesday at Soldotna Bible Chapel, 300 W. Marydale Ave.

Wingfield will be the featured speaker at the evening programs. Special music will be provided by different churches. The public is invited.

Morning seminar meetings will be from 9 a.m. to noon Monday and Tuesday at New Life Assembly of God, 209 Princess St., Kenai.

Towns, the author of "Fasting for Spiritual Breakthrough," will speak Monday about fasting.

He will speak Tuesday on the subject "planning for evangelism, but getting revival."

Although Towns prefers to be known as a college and seminary professor, he also is an author, seminar lecturer and Sunday School worker, according to his biography.

He was the 1995 recipient of the Christian Booksellers Associ-ation's Gold Medallion Award for "The Names of the Holy Spirit."

In 1971, he co-founded Liberty University with Jerry Falwell and was the only full-time teacher in the first year of Liberty's existence. Today, the university has more than 5,500 students, and Towns serves as the dean of the School of Religion.

His education includes degrees from Northwestern College in Minneapolis, Minn., Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Dallas Theological Seminary, Garrett Theological Seminary in Evanston, Ill., and Fuller Theological Seminary in Pasadena, Calif.

Wingfield serves as an evangelist and president of Wingfield Ministries, "an organization dedicated to assisting the local church in reaching the world for Jesus Christ," according to its Web site.

Since founding Wingfield Ministries more than 17 years ago, he has conducted major interdenominational evangelistic meetings across the United States and overseas. He frequently speaks at retreats, universities and special events and has trained thousands of believers to share their faith. He teaches "Introduction to Evan-gelism" at Tyndale Theological Seminary of Amsterdam and often is a guest speaker at the Billy Graham Center in Wheaton, Ill.

He is a graduate of Trinity Evangelical Divinity School and Eastern Mennonite College.

Churches helping to host the evangelism conference include Birch Ridge Community Wesleyan Church, Soldotna Church of God, Peninsula Christian Center, New Life Assembly of God and Soldotna Bible Chapel. For more information, call 262-2687.

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