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Crusade for kids

Posted July 24, 2013 in Community Featured, Beaverdale
First Church of the Open Bible will hold a Family/Kids Crusade Aug. 25 - 28.

First Church of the Open Bible will hold a Family/Kids Crusade Aug. 25 – 28.

First Church of the Open Bible will be holding a Family/Kids Crusade on Aug. 25 – 28 with special guest speaker Jay Risner. The Family/Kids Crusade will start at 10 a.m. on Sunday, Aug. 25. Other services will be held at 6:30 p.m., Sunday through Wednesday.

“One of our core values at First Church is to be community oriented,” says Spencer Keroff, lead pastor of First Church. “Within this core value is the belief that children and youth are the church of today, not the church of tomorrow.”

Jay and Debbie Risner have been actively involved in children’s ministries for more than 30 years. Jay served in the professional entertainment industry in the late ’70s. In 1980, Jay and Debbie took what they had taught and produced in the secular entertainment world and went into full-time ministry using their gifts and talents for the Lord. Jay was the children’s pastor at James River Assembly, a church of more than 10,000 and Timberline Church, with an attendance of more than 6,000. Jay was also a children’s pastor for 10 years in California before heading to the Mission Field (Africa) in 1990, as the coordinator of Children’s Ministries for East Africa.

In 1993, while in Kenya, he performed and produced a children’s TV show, “Rainbow Surprise,” that, even today, continues to reach more than 22 million people each week. Jay currently oversees full production of the show. Today Jay and Debbie work as Children’s Ministries Specialist International for the Assemblies of God World Missions. They travel across the world training children’s pastors and workers, performing in schools, ministering in large scale kid’s crusades and developing Children’s Ministries in many nations. Jay is a gifted communicator not only to children, but adults as well.

For more information about First Church of the Open Bible or about the family/kids crusade, check out the church’s website at or call the church office at (515) 274-9296.

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