By Rachel Crenshaw, student news writer
CAMPBELLSVILLE, Ky.—Rick Gage, founder of GO TELL Ministries, will be speaking for Campbellsville University’s chapel Wednesday, Sept. 17 in the Ransdell Chapel at 10 a.m. Gage will also be speaking for CU’s FIRST CLASS Monday morning assembly, Sept. 15 in the Ransdell Chapel, also at 10 a.m.
Gage’s ministry, the GO TELL Crusade, will be hosting several events for the Campbellsville-Taylor County community Sept. 14-17. The crusade will feature evangelistic messages, worship services and guest artists such as Rick Stanley, Elvis Presley’s step-brother.
“Campbellsville University wanted to be a participant in the efforts of the crusade,” said Ed Pavy, director of campus ministries at Campbellsville University. “Therefore, we thought including Gage as a guest speaker for chapel was a great opportunity for students to hear him speak and thus be inspired to participate in the crusade.”
According to the biography on his Web site, gotellministries.com, in 1986, Gage surrendered his life to full-time ministry after walking away from a promising coaching career in football. A few years later Gage became the founder of GO TELL Crusades Inc. Ever since he has been conducting evangelistic events around the world and has seen tens of thousands make public professions of faith to Jesus Christ.
GO TELL Crusades statement of faith said, “We believe regeneration by the Holy Spirit is absolutely essential for the salvation of lost and sinful man, and that repentance from sin and acceptance of Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior is the only way to come into a relationship with God. We believe eternal life is received by faith — that is, trusting in Jesus Christ alone for salvation.”
Gage’s GO TELL Youth Camps began in 1989 reaching multitudes of various students and youth groups across the country. As a direct result, thousands of students have made commitments to Jesus Christ and the full-time ministry.
In addition, Gage has presented his commended “On Track” assembly program to more than 2 million teenagers in the nation’s schools. This program engages on the addictions of drugs and alcohol. Gage has also appeared on many T.V. and radio programs.
Gage is the author of “Download” a Bible study that targets and inspires young people to grow in their Christian walk and faith. He is also the author of “More Than a Game” his autobiography.
Gage, his wife, Lynne, and their daughters, Sara and Anna, live near Atlanta, Ga.
“He is a very fine evangelist and gifted preacher,” said John Chowning, vice president for church and external relations and executive assistant to the president. “Gage has been very active in the community and has held summer camps at our campus for the last two years. We thought he would convey the spirit of a Christian revival to our campus.”
For further information on the South Central Kentucky GO TELL Crusade, contact Justin Watson, associate in evangelism, Campbellsville Baptist Church Pastor’s Study, at (270) 789-2092.
Campbellsville University’s events are open to the public.
Campbellsville University is a private, comprehensive institution located in South Central Kentucky. Founded in 1906, Campbellsville University is affiliated with the Kentucky Baptist Convention and has an enrollment of 2,405 students who represent 98 Kentucky counties, 25 states and 36 foreign nations. Listed in U.S.News & World Report’s 2009 “America’s Best Colleges,” CU is ranked 22nd in “Best Baccalaureate Colleges” in the South for the second consecutive year. CU has been ranked 16 consecutive years with U.S.News & World Report. The university has also been named to America’s Best Christian Colleges®. Campbellsville University is located 82 miles southwest of Lexington, Ky., and 80 miles southeast of Louisville, Ky. Dr. Michael V. Carter is in his tenth year as president.