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R.V. Brown to bring old-fashioned revival to Grace Family

R.V. Brown, who travels the world as an evangelist, will conduct a revival in July at the Grace Family Church Van Dyke Campus.
R.V. Brown, who travels the world as an evangelist, will conduct a revival in July at the Grace Family Church Van Dyke Campus.
Published Jun. 22, 2016

It's time for a revival.

On July 5 and 6, evangelist R.V. Brown will speak to inspire and revive hearts at the Grace Family Church Van Dyke Campus.

Brown, president and founder of the Odessa-based Outreach to America's Youth Inc., travels the world with his energetic message of hope and salvation through Jesus Christ. His stops include youth camps, men's retreats, marriage conferences, prisons, schools and churches.

Brown's home base remains in Florida and at Grace Family, where he is a member. This marks his first year leading a revival at the church. He plans to get people fired up about bringing new souls to the church and living the word of God.

"It's time to revive our country," Brown said. "First we need to start with ourselves, then our homes, our churches, the schools and the community."

Brown, 68, began his ministry career 38 years ago and gained fame in the 2000s working with the University of South Florida football team as a motivational speaker. He has visited 47 states and 45 countries. The goal is to make disciples of men for Christ, he said. He worries that churches have lost sight of the need for evangelism.

"It's time for the church to light it up," Brown said. "We have forgotten how it was when we were kids. Churches used to have a winter, a spring and summer revival. People outside the church are hurting."

Brown, author of Step Up to the Plate, Dad!, said families especially need reviving. He ministers to many single parents and the children often suffer, he said.

As one of 17 brothers and sisters, he learned to walk the right path listening to his mom and dad. They taught him to stay in school and respect others, he said.

Their teachings led him to follow Christ and become an evangelist.

Any church looking for someone to spearhead a revival can contact Brown at (813) 475-5876. For more information, visit

All are welcome to attend the revival at 7 p.m. July 5 and July 6 at the Grace Van Dyke Campus, 5101 Van Dyke Road in Lutz. A love offering will be taken July 6.

Additional events at Grace include 5101, a night of live music, food trucks and more at 7:30 tonight, and the Prince of Egypt movie night on Sunday, an evening of cinema with food trucks opening at 4:30 p.m. and the movie starting at 6 p.m. The movie is free.

For more information on these and other events, visit

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