For more than 30 years, Ralph Sexton Jr., a Baptist evangelist and pastor, has spread the gospel message in places ranging from the National Mall in Washington, D.C., to Haiti, Mexico, Germany, Israel, Egypt, Jordan and Lebanon, and at revivals in numerous small cities and towns across America.
This week, the Asheville, N.C., preacher pitched his tent in a vacant field next to Broad Street behind the Bible Baptist Church.
The tent crusade, which began last Monday evening, took a break over the weekend and will begin anew Monday evening and continue through Friday, Sept. 20.
“This is not just our church or just one denomination,” said the Rev. Frank Osborne, pastor of the host church, Bible Baptist Church. “Several churches have joined in this endeavor. We have had people at the altar every night praying for revival to take place in our community and county.”
“We have a community choir made up of singers from several churches, which performs at 6:30 p.m. Preaching follows at 7 o’clock,” Osborne said.
The tent revival tradition arose and continues to thrive across the South.