Student Evangelism Conference 2009

DALLAS?The 2009 Student Evangelism Conference at the Dallas Convention Center Aug. 7-8 drew more than 1,900 people to hear speakers such as Afshin Ziafat and Ed Newton and bands such as Santus Real, Brandon Heath and Dutton.

In all, 91 students registered salvation decisions, and 92 other spiritual decisions were recorded during the annual conference.

One highlight of the SEC was on Saturday when speaker Ed Newton called Colton Williams and Tony Ramos of First Baptist Church of Cooper to join him on stage.

Williams, a guest of Ramos at the conference, prayed to receive Christ on Friday night and in his excitement following the event, he told a man on the treadmill next to him at the hotel fitness room of his newfound faith.

The man seemed interested and wanted to know more, so Williams called for his friend, Ramos, who told the man in more detail how he too could have a relationship with God through Jesus.

Dutton - SEC 09The students invited the man to the event on Saturday, offering him a ride.

To their surprise, the man was Saturday’s keynote speaker, Ed Newton. In the top photo, Newton is relaying the story to the audience after he called the young men up on stage with him and is lauding them for their willingness to share Jesus with others.

“Overall, the conference went extremely well because all the volunteers, the speakers and artists, pulled together and fulfilled their assignments. The student groups were enthusiastic, and they walked away with a passion to reach their world for Christ,” said Jared McIntire, SBTC student evangelism associate.

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