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Dr. John Piper Photo courtesy of Desiring God

by Public Relations Office

February 14, 2005

Cedarville, Ohio—Cedarville University will host the 2005 State Evangelism Celebration "Defending our Faith in a Changing Culture" February 28-March 1. A special invitation is extended to pastors and ministry leaders, but the general public is also welcome. The State Convention of Baptists in Ohio and Cedarville University sponsor this free conference of challenging messages and renewing music. Speakers will include Dr. John Piper, senior pastor of Bethlehem Baptist Church (Minneapolis) and founder of the ministry Desiring God; Josh McDowell, nationally known author and speaker with Campus Crusade for Christ; Dr. Ergun Caner, nationally known author and speaker on reaching out to Muslims; Dr. Voddie T. Baucham Jr., evangelist and founder of Voddie Baucham Ministries; Dr. Bobby Welch, president of the Southern Baptist Convention; Dr. Alvin Reid, professor of evangelism at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary; Dr. Bill Brown, president of Cedarville University; Dr. Thom Rainer, president and CEO of the church and denomination consulting group The Rainer Group; and Rick Stanley, evangelist and step-brother of Elvis Presley. Music will be led by Charles Billingsley, artist-in-residence at Liberty University; Babbie Mason, Dove Award-winning vocalist; and Angela Carl, contemporary gospel vocalist. A variety of Cedarville University musical ensembles will also provide music during the event. Conference times are 1:45 p.m.-9:15 p.m. on Monday, Feb. 28 (supper is on your own) and from 9 a.m.-9:15 p.m. on Tuesday, Mar. 1. Lunch is available on March 1 for an advance registration fee of $15. Lunch reservations must be made by Monday, Feb. 21. The March 1 lunch program will feature Leah O`Brien Amico, three-time Olympic gold medalist with the U.S. women`s softball team, and Mark Dantonio, head football coach of the University of Cincinnati Bearcats, as the speakers. The University Jazztet will provide music. For more information or to register for lunch, call 1-877-CEDARVILLE (233-2784) or visit www.cedarville.edu/celebration. Portions of the conference will be broadcast on the CDR Radio Network (90.3 FM). On Monday, Feb. 28, Piper`s chapel message will be broadcast at 11 a.m. From 1 p.m.-6 p.m., listeners can hear live updates and interviews from the conference. At 7 p.m., listeners can tune in for a live broadcast of Piper and McDowell`s messages and Billingsley`s music. On Tuesday, Mar. 1, Caner`s address will be broadcast at 11 a.m. Live updates and interviews will again be offered from 1 p.m.-6 p.m. Brown and Stanley`s presentations, as well as Mason`s music, will be aired beginning at 7 p.m. The broadcasts can also be heard on CDR Cyber Radio (www.thepath.fm). -30-