Modeled after an old-fashioned tent revival, Bethany UMC in Johnstown will host outdoor ecumenical gatherings each evening from July 10-16 designed to inspire and spur positive change in the Greater Johnstown area by leading people to Christ.
“We’re excited about doing it and following wherever God is going to take it,” said the Rev. Larry Dunn, pastor of Bethany UMC. Dunn will lead the service on Monday evening, July 11.
The event is sponsored by Greater Johnstown Covenant Ministries, a group that Dunn helped to form about two years ago. Meeting once or twice a month at an area restaurant, the group includes laity and clergy of all denominations who want to see a revival in the greater Johnstown area. “It’s received support from businesses and school administrators,” Dunn said.
"Our Covenant Ministries group brings together people from a variety of faith traditions representing the diversity of our communities," he added. "We are just opening the door and tearing down the walls to allow God to work on building a portion of the kingdom in greater Johnstown. We want to see revival for everyone!"
The revival services will include teaching, preaching and healing services. Gary Hale, a layman from Oakland UMC who leads healing services and frequently travels to Africa as a missionary, helped to organize the event. “We want to change our city for the better,” he said.
Leaders for the 6:30 p.m. services, in addition to Dunn, include: