Revival is coming to Beloit.
Emmanuel Baptist Church is extending an open invitation to attend an old-fashioned church revival Wednesday, Jan. 11, through Friday, Jan. 13, from 7-8:30 p.m.
"Come one, come all," said Pastor Kevin L. Pullam. "Jesus came for the sick and not the well."
Because it's too cold to hold the revival in old fashioned tent-style format, guests are invited to huddle together in the church at 1151 Dr. Floyd Prude Jr. Drive, (E. Grand Avenue). The title of the event will be Renewal Revival of 2012.
"It will give people the chance to be revived and reinvigorated so they can move forward together in the new year," he said.
Pullam said it's a great chance for spiritual seekers and/or members of other churches to have the Emmanuel Baptist experience. That experience is usually filled with lively revelations, clapping, "amens" and plenty of bear hugs.
"We expect it to be phenomenally lively and celebratory. Revivals tend to be less about the business of church. They are more explosive," he said. "The tone will be about the letting old things go, and being excited about the future."
He said the service will be very user-friendly and inviting to those new to the church.
"You can come in regular, yet appropriate, clothing. You don't have to worry about sticking out or being called out. Come on in and enjoy an inspiring message in an unthreatening environment," he said.
Pullam anticipates a few altar calls. Other Holy Ghost activities could occur as the spirit moves.
"I don't rule anything else out," he said.
The guest speaker for the revival will be Dr. Stephen J. Thurston, president of the National Baptist Convention of America, Inc. Thurston pastors New Covenant Baptist Church in Chicago, Ill.
Music will be provided by the Emmanuel Baptist Mass Choir. The Rev. Robert L. Hearns of Community Baptist Church in South Beloit will be a guest on Thursday night, and Pastor W.J.G. McLin and the congregation of Wesley Christian Methodist Episcopal Church in Beloit will be guests Friday night.
Childcare will be available in the nursery for small children.
Pullam said he hopes the winds of revival will pick up momentum and spread through Beloit. Although Emmanuel is predominantly an African American church, Pullam said all people are invited and encouraged to be part of the experience.
"We want to do some things to cross beyond cultural, ethnic, and even denominational lines. Hopefully, that will set a tone for the future. We can work together to reach to all people," he said. "We want to set a tone of community and unity across Beloit area. We are working together and reaching out to those with the greatest needs."
Pullam won't be stopping with his plans to minister, heal and usher in spiritual harvest. As soon as it gets warm, he anticipates setting up tents for an outdoor revival.
Pullam arrived at Emmanuel in the summer of 2011 to replace the previous pastor, Rev. Dr. Floyd Prude, Jr. Prude. Prior to coming to Emmanuel, Pullam served at Friendship Baptist Church in Corpus Christ, Texas, for more than 10 years.
The church has 340 official members and close to 275 show up every Sunday. No one drifts to sleep when the charismatic Pullam takes the podium. The pastor is known for his inspiring and humorous stories about daily life. During his sermons, he's been known to bounce a basketball, break out in song or even call a wayward soul via cell phone.
Pullam's wife, La'Tonya, and their five children, Kory, Kamaron, Kristian, Kaleb and Kevelyn are actively involved in his ministry.
For more information on Emmanuel Baptist Church's offerings, call 608-362-0562.