First Church of the Open Bible located at 2200 Beaver Avenue (Beaver & Hickman) will be holding a Family/Kids Crusade on August 25-28 with special guest speaker, Jay Risner. The Family/Kids Crusade will start at 10 am on Sunday, August 25. Other services will be held at 6:30 pm, Sunday through Wednesday.
Spencer Keroff, lead pastor of First Church, said, “One of our core values at First Church is to be Community Oriented. 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 over 30 years. Jay served in the professional entertainment industry in the late seventies. 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 over ten thousand and Timberline Church, with an attendance of over six thousand. Jay was also a children’s pastor for ten 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 is reaching today over twenty-two 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 very 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, feel free to check out the church’s website at www.firstchurchdsm.org or call the church office at (515) 274-9296.