The First Church of the Nazarene will be host to an ex-Hell’s Angel for a four day revival beginning Sunday. (Staff photo: Eric Kluth)
By Tonya Garner: CNJ staff writer
Jerry McGee was previously a Harley-Davidson riding member of the Hell’s Angels who sold narcotics to support his own addiction.
These days McGee is an evangelist who rides a motorcycle down church aisles and only gets high from preaching the word of God.
The First Church of the Nazarene will be host to McGee for a four day revival beginning Aug. 28.
Church member, Judy Bell, said she is really looking forward to the revival.
“I hope this will bring the entire town and all the different religions together,” Bell said. “I am just really excited.”
Bell said she would love to see people from all faiths attend this revival. She compared the different religions to cooking women.
“Just imagine if you gave 10 different women the same ingredients and asked them to make fried chicken, mashed potatoes and okra,” Bell said. “Well, when they were finished cooking the finished meals would all be different.” Bell said that Christian based religions may hold different types of services, but they all believe in the Bible and Jesus.
Pastor Vaughn Gossman said his goal for the revival is “spiritual renewal and revival.”
“Jerry is not a Nazarene, he is nondenominational,” Gossman said. “We are hoping this revival has a wide effect and spreads to the community.”
Gossman said he usually sees around 250 worshipers in Sunday morning services.
“I hope to see 400 people this Sunday morning,” Gossman said.
Bell and Gossman have been busy sending letters and flyers and hanging posters for the upcoming event. “Everyone is invited to come,” Gossman said.
McGee is the head of Freedom Crusade Ministries International which is an interdenominational ministry whose purpose is to evangelize the lost to the Gospel of Jesus Christ, according to an FCMI press release.
Although McGee is only scheduled for four days, both Bell and Gossman said they are ready to worship for as many days as the revival lasts.
“Last summer he (McGee) was preaching in Lubbock,” Bell said. “It was supposed to be a standard revival. It ended up going for over two weeks.”