Men’s rally focuses on strength and courage

YOUNGSTOWN — The ninth annual Men’s Rally in the Valley will focus on being strong and courageous, and will feature a variety of speakers who will share that message, organizers said.

Sponsored by Men of Faith, the event will be 8:45 a.m. to 4 p.m. April 28 at the Covelli Centre, 229 E. Front St. in downtown Youngstown. Doors open at 7 a.m., with wristbands to be provided. Admission is free, with concessions all day and lunch vendors at noon in the parking lot.

Guest speakers scheduled are Redskins quarterback Colt McCoy; Dallas Cowboy chaplain Jonathan Evans; “Feel the Power” strongman Jon Pritkin; former Indianapolis Colts linebacker Steve Grant; entrepreneur, coach and author Todd Gongwer; and music with the JJ Weeks Band.

Themes of the speakers include “Lead for God’s Sake,” “Your Appointed Time” and “Let’s Go Get It.”

Event organizers are asking church pastors to send their men’s groups to the event.

Bing Newton, event coordinator, said he looks forward to the ninth year, which will include a shofar sounding at 9 a.m. to get it started.

“God puts it in our hands for this event to be what it is in bringing men together,” Newton said, noting they are very fortunate to have such a variety of speakers each year.

Four large wooden crosses will be brought in by 9 a.m. that day and displayed at the front entrance of the center. Teen Challenge, Warren Family Mission and Valley Christian School will bring the crosses.

“This event has always been very powerful. We have many speakers who will share their messages … The Rally in the Valley draws thousands of men to meet together in Christian unity,” Newton said.

Newton said it is important to bring men together as studies have shown 50 percent of men do not attend church.

Pastor Derek Scott of Alpha and Omega Ministries in Warren said the event has really helped many who have attended.

“It is an amazing event. The best is yet to come for the valley,” he said.

To prepare, local groups have held mini rallies in their communities at which area men shared their testimonies and how rallies impacted their lives. In Warren, events have been held at the YWCA and the Warren Family Mission.

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