Advertisement
  1. News

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 rvbrown.com.

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 gfconline.com/events.

Contact Sarah Whitman at sarahrothwhitman@gmail.com.

ALSO IN THIS SECTION

  1. Booking photo of Dontay Auffrey, charged with attacking a man with nunchucks, causing multiple bone fractures to the man's face. [Pinellas County Sheriff's Office]
    The attack came after the two men were arguing over money in St. Petersburg. It was captured on video, police said.
  2. Florida lawmakers have introduced legislation aimed at improving the outcomes of the state's prekindergarten program. Some critics suggest the proposed solutions, such as added testing, go too far.
    A roundup of stories from around the state.
  3. Also: Why were the SunTrust Financial Centre lights purple? And the cost of owning an electric car.
  4. Squares from the shirt Tommy Zeigler was wearing on the night of the murders have been DNA tested, supporting his version of events. But further tests have been rejected by courts and prosecutors. Photo from court files. [PARTS OF THE SHIRT TOMMY ZEIGLER WAS WEARING ON THE NIGHT OF THE MURDERS HAS BEEN SUBJECT TO DNA TESTING, BUT PROSECUTORS HAVE NOT ALLOWED FURTHER TESTS. HIS ATTORNEYS ARE WILLING TO PAY FOR THE TESTS. PHOTO FROM COURT FILES]
    Bill would lower threshold for testing, which has limited many death row inmates in their appeals.
  5. AdventHealth's central Pasco emergency room at t 16625 State Road 54 is shown here. The hospital chain recently purchased 18 acres on State Road 52 at the northern entrance of the Mirada development west of Dade City. [MICHELE MILLER  |  Times]
    The hospital chain pays $4.5 million to buy 18 acres from a Metro Development Group affiliate.
  6. St. Petersburg police Chief Tony Holloway, left, and Pinellas Sheriff Bob Gualtieri, seen in a 2015 photo. [DIRK SHADD  |  Times]
    The Violent Crimes Task Force focuses on teen car thefts in Pinellas County. St. Petersburg’s police chief says his decision is unrelated to a fatal shooting involving the task force.
  7. Mayor Jane Castor has committed to renovating Fair Oaks Center, but speakers at a recent standing-room-only meeting demanded a new community center.
  8. Sam Flores admires a new statue of his late brother, William Flores, Monday at the U.S. Coast Guard Sector, St. Petersburg. The statue honors William Flores, who helped save fellow crew members on the US Coast Guard vessel Blackthorn when it sank on January 28, 1980. Twenty three crew members died. [SCOTT KEELER  |  TAMPA BAY TIMES]
    A freak set of circumstances led to catastrophe the evening of Jan. 28, 1980.
  9. Crystal Sierra, left, and Sarah Sprague, who share a home, are pictured at Holiday Lights at the Florida Botanical Gardens in Largo. [Courtesy of Crystal Sierra]
    And it’s not all about finances.
  10. Patron vie for beads while attending in the 103nd Gasparilla Invasion and Parade of the Pirates presented by Ye Mystic Krewe of Gasparilla on Saturday, January 25, 2020, in downtown Tampa. [DOUGLAS R. CLIFFORD  |  TImes]
    Hundreds of thousands flock to Tampa each year for the pirate invasion, but other events across the country cast doubt on the ranking.
Advertisement
Advertisement
Advertisement