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Men’s rally marks 11 years

Event moved from spring

YOUNGSTOWN — Just as many other events had to adapt because of the coronavirus outbreak, the 11th annual Men’s Rally in the Valley originally set for April was moved to Oct. 10 at the Covelli Centre.

The event will include a variety of speakers, including MyPillow inventor Mike Lindell, bodybuilder Lee Haney and State Rep. Tim Ginter.

Bing Newton, one of the organizers of the event that brings men from many counties together for a day of praise, worship and testimony, said all the speakers who originally were scheduled for April 25 have agreed to return Oct. 10.

Newton is president of Men of Faith and the founder of Men’s Rally in the Valley.

He said those attending are asked to wear masks and to take part in 6-foot social distancing.

“This is a miracle that this is able to happen. With God’s support we are able to have this. This is one of the only events held this year at the Covelli Centre,” Newton said.

He said this year’s theme is “Jesus You are the Only Hope” which is fitting for what everyone in the country has faced this year.

Newton said each speaker will share his testimony and own personal experience with Christ. In 2009, God provided Men of Faith the vision and ability to establish the Men’s Rally in the Valley. Once per year the event brings in local and nationally known speakers for thousands of men to hear the word of God.

Jeff Cline of Cortland and of the Trumbull County Men of Faith said, “It is through God’s grace that the men’s rally will take place. When the Lord put a thought in our minds, this group was able to hold this event.”

Cline said he and other area men of faith who will be attending are excited for what will take place.

“We are excited for what the Lord will be able to do. The Lord is making all of this possible for the Mahoning Valley,” Cline said.

“We were concerned it would be difficult to get all the speakers again for a change of date. They all have different stories to share,” Newton said.

Speakers planned are J.J. Weeks Christian Band; Lindell; Jeff Stultz, a hope dealer with Celebrate Recovery Broken Chains; Dave Roever, a decorated Vietnam veteran; and Haney.

The event will begin 7 a.m. with sounding of shofar at 8:45 a.m. and opening welcome and prayer by Warren Mayor Doug Franklin.

Cline, who has attended the event in past years, said the inspirational speakers for this year each have a “rescue story” in how they were saved and set free from bondage.

“The Lord has blessed the Rally in the Valley 2020 with speakers able to adjust their schedules to be in downtown Youngstown this fall,” Cline said, noting the event is free.

For information, visit www.mensrally.org.

Lindell invented MyPillow in 2004 and grew the business into a major Minnesota manufacturing company. On Jan. 16, Lindell announced the release of his new memoir, “What Are the Odds? From Crack Addict to CEO,” an account of his entrepreneurial journey from battling addictions, hardships and failures to becoming CEO of MyPillow.

Ginter, of Salem, is serving his third term as state representative for the 5th Ohio House District, which encompasses all of Columbiana County. Ginter has a broad background of work experience as a machinist, director of development and vice-president of marketing with an IT company, and has been an ordained minister for 39 years during which time he has pastored five different churches. He received his education at Mount Vernon Nazarene University and Nazarene Bible College.

Haney, an author, bodybuilder and entrepreneur, is Mr. Olympia — having captured bodybuilding’s most coveted prize for eight consecutive contests. He was the youngest (age 24), to capture the title, which earned him a place in the Guinness Book of World Records.

Haney has authored three books — TotaLee Awesome, Ultimate Bodybuilding, and Beyond The Pump. In 2015, he and his family created what is now Lee Haney’s Physique and Fitness Games, which is made up of several fitness events for the entire family.

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