YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WKBN) – More than 5,000 Christian men gathered at the Covelli Center in Youngstown Saturday to share their faith. It was the biggest crowd ever for the event.
“It is amazing. I didn’t know there were that many people that were, you know, men in Youngstown, that were like-minded, and it was shocking and surprising, very uplifting,” said participant Michael Redmond.”
For five years now, men from all over Ohio have attended this event. The rally aims at guiding the attendees down the path to becoming better husbands, fathers, and overall better men.
“The thing that is missing in our country, and in this Valley, is the absence of men,” said organizer Bing Newton. “This is what God needs from men, for them to stand up.”
Newton, a former Salem teacher, said the rally is different because most of the men gathered at the event live and worship in the community and the “fire” stays here after the rally is over.
Some even took the plunge into Christianity at the event and used the rally to get baptized.
“I decided to get baptized because it felt like something I needed to do,” said Joshua McCullough. “Being here opened up a new experience for me. I feel like I am on the right path.”
Ron Bier feels the same. The large group looking on didn’t stop him from taking the opportunity to commit his life to God.
“I needed a change and figured why not do it in front of 5,000 people,” said Bier.