NEW PORT RICHEY — Revealing a hidden picture at the end of each presentation is one of the ways Randy Davis presents the Gospel of Jesus Christ to his audience.
Davis is a chalk artist and through his messages of art and testimony he presents the Gospel in a different way.
"The visual part gets a double message across," he said in a telephone interview from his home in Ottumwa, Iowa. His ministry is called Drawing Closer Ministries.
At 6 p.m. today, and 10:45 a.m. and 6 p.m. Sunday, Davis and his wife, Shirley, will be at the Sun Coast Baptist Church, 4726 State Road 54.
Shirley Davis sings at the beginning of each presentation.
Randy Davis, 53, began his ministry in 1987 after teaching Bible classes to young adults.
"I wanted to incorporate art work into teaching," he said. "Then the Lord opened doors of opportunities."
He has no set fee; he travels to churches for expenses and offerings.
For the first part of his lesson, he does a teaching presentation using a big screen for emphasis. Then he does his chalk drawing with special music in the background.
"At the close the hidden picture is revealed," he said. "It is done before hand with invisible fluorescent chalk. The chalk drawing only takes about 15 minutes while the hidden picture can take four hours or more."
Davis is a self-taught artist with no formal art or Bible training. He will create three different drawings at the local church. He is right-handed but uses both hands as he draws.
"The message is communicated through the drawing," he said. "It is a different way of letting people know about the Gospel of Jesus Christ."
He uses different drawings with different themes. Some of his art can be seen on his Web site, www.chalkartist.com.
On occasion, he does custom drawings on request.
Prior to spreading the Gospel in his unique way, Davis owned a sign company where he designed banners and art for vehicles, buildings and other projects.
The couple will be in Florida for a couple of weeks as they minister on the east coast of Florida after their local engagement.
The Rev. Bryan Goebert, who has been senior pastor of Sun Coast Baptist Church for four years, says his congregation uses someone like Davis at their Bible conference every other year.
"This is unique for our people to see a different type of ministry," said Goebert. "We are excited about having him come. It is good for people to see different ways God uses different talents."