Popular evangelist to speak at Jasper’s First Baptist Church

Posted 10/10/17

By ED HOWELL

Daily Mountain Eagle

Evangelist Tony Nolan will be featured this weekend at Jasper’s First Baptist Church.

A free event, “A Night With Tony Nolan,” will be held …

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Popular evangelist to speak at Jasper’s First Baptist Church

Posted

By ED HOWELL

Daily Mountain Eagle

Evangelist Tony Nolan will be featured this weekend at Jasper’s First Baptist Church.

A free event, “A Night With Tony Nolan,” will be held Saturday at 7 p.m., sponsored by The Calling student ministry of the church, said Matt Lotspeich, First Baptist’s pastor of education and evangelism. The worship leader will be Jim Trotter. Childcare will be provided.

Nolan (tonynolan.org) will also speak at the church’s 10:15 a.m. service Sunday.

Lotspeich said Nolan has been a tour pastor for the Winter Jam tours and for Casting Crowns, as well as a keynote speaker at CreationFest, the nation’s largest Christian festival, and Christian Family Day at Busch Stadium in St. Louis. Overall, he has spoken to thousands of people at conferences, churches and other events for 26 years.

He has worked with or ministered to a number of celebrities, including World Series MVP player Albert Pujols, Sadie Robertson, Casting Crowns, Steven Curtis Chapman, Toby Mac, For King and Country, Colton Dixon, Francesca Battistelli, NewSong, Lauren Daigle, David Crowder, John Cooper (Skillet), Matthew West, Jeremy Camp, Tenth Ave North, Britt Nicole, Kari Jobe, Tripp Lee, Hill Song, and KB.

Nolan has a bachelor’s degree in biblical studies from the Criswell Center for Biblical Studies in Dallas, Texas. He has a master’s degree in ministry and spiritual formation from Richmont Graduate University in Atlanta, Ga.

He announced in June he was becoming a co-teaching pastor and staff evangelist at The Journey Church (thejourneyfamily.com), which is based in Fernandina Beach, Fla., with other sites in Jacksonville, Fla., and Livonia, Mich.

Nolan said on his website that one of his most important spiritual moments was when he preached at an outside event in Pennsylvania, and saw thousands respond to the Gospel.

“As they all moved toward the prayer tent, I got on my knees to thank God, and he whispered in my spirit, ‘I am answering the prayers of William Penn,’” he said. “What an inspiration to later learn about Penn’s long prayer rides on his horse, where he would beg God to bless his ‘Great Experiment.’ That inspires me to ask, ‘What are we praying for that God will answer in our lifetime and long after we are gone?’ Let’s ask big and go big for God!”

“Tony Nolan is a harvest evangelist. We’ve had him preach the Gospel and give an altar-call at our festival, many times. He preaches, God blesses, and thousands respond to the Gospel,” said Harry Thomas, the pastor and co-founder of Creation Festivals.

“Tony Nolan faithfully and simply shares the Gospel; and God uses him at our church, to reap a massive harvest of new believers,” said Josh Reavis, the assistant pastor of pastoral ministries at North Jacksonville Baptist Church in Jacksonville, Fla.

He is the author of several books, including “Hurt Healer: Reaching Out to a Broken World” and “GASP! You Will Spend Forever Somewhere: How to Make Sure It’s Heaven.”

Anyone wanting more information can call the church at 205-221-6444.