Trumbull Men of Faith gather to praise God

Group formed in Nov. to bring together all denominations

CORTLAND — Men of different denominations from Trumbull County have been gathering each month to praise God and share testimonies as they prepare for the annual Men’s Rally in the Valley in April at the Covelli Centre in Youngstown.

The Trumbull County Men of Faith was established in November and meets 9 a.m. the first Saturday of each month at 4 Star Diner in Cortland. The monthly event includes guest speakers, music, testimony and breakfast.

Cortland resident Jeff Cline said the group is a chapter of the Men of Faith of the Mahoning Valley that brought the Men’s Rally 11 years ago.

“We are an independent body of believers based on the faith that Christ is the savior uniting men of all different backgrounds and church affiliations. This gives us an opportunity to reach out to men of all ages,” he said.

Bing Newton, coordinator of the Men’s Rally in the Valley, said he was able to establish a group more than 15 years ago in Columbiana that gets more than 100 men some months for their gathering the third Saturday of each month at Das Dutch Haus Restaurant.

Don James of Howland, with the Fellowship of Christian Athletes, said, “This is a great opportunity to meet people from other churches. We do not want anyone to be isolated but come together to fellowship with other men of faith.”

Cline was the one who spearheaded the effort to form the local men’s group.

“We want to unify men in Trumbull County to share the gospel of Jesus Christ and to promote the Men’s Rally in the Valley,” he said.

Chris and Coria Brock of Salem with 321 Ministries said they know Newton because of his efforts with the Columbiana group.

“The Men of Faith group there has really expanded thanks to Bing. They have 100 men some months,” Chris Brock said.

Brock, who is a minister with Life of Christ Ministry in Salem, said what is important with any ministry is discipleship, missions and groups that support families and marriage.

Cline said each month will have a different guest speaker, including Dean Armstrong of Church of God in Farmdale and Charles Jarvis, publisher of the Tribune Chronicle / Vindicator.

The Feb. 1 speaker is Ray Doerschuk, a businessman from North Canton, and the March speaker is Pastor Everett Whiteside of Higher Praise Covenant Church in Warren.

Newton said the Men’s Rally in the Valley has brought more than 5,000 men together.

“Our vision was that pastors open their church doors to let men come together to proclaim the Lord’s name. The rally brings men together to be saved,” he said.

The rally is free with tickets available at any of the monthly men’s gatherings.

Newton said what is being planned for the 11th annual Men’s Rally in the Valley is to have Warren Mayor Doug Franklin open the event with prayer.

A mini men’s rally is set for 7 p.m. Feb. 18 at the Warren Family Mission.

Newton said the Men’s Rally in the Valley draws men from Ashtabula to Columbiana counties.

For information, email jcline 3699@gmail.com or mensrally.com.