Fall Revival Kicks Off at Asbury
September 12, 2016
WILMORE, Ky. — Fall Revival at Asbury University kicked off today with an opening message from Rev. Wes Olds, a pastor at Grace Church, a multi-site, United Methodist congregation in Southwest Florida.
Olds’ message theme this week is “A Grace-Full Life: God’s All-Reaching, Soul-Saving, Character-Shaping, Never-Ending Love.” Services will be held in Hughes Auditorium during Chapel services (10 a.m. on Wednesday and Friday), and at 7 p.m. in Hughes Auditorium Monday through Thursday.
“I’m really excited to see our community grow together as a unified group and to experience the renewal of God’s grace,” said Asbury junior Zach Jeffcoat ’18. “We come from a history of revival and we want to continue to seek it together.”
In Monday’s Chapel, Olds — who has stepped in for previously scheduled speaker Jorge Acevedo who was not feeling well — kicked off the week with an exploration of grace in the life of the believer.
“The greatest news that anybody’s ever heard on planet earth is that God’s grace is not a status to be achieved — it’s a gift to be received,” Olds said. “So much of my life I was trying to earn God’s favor. But it’s so key in our life to have this grace, this love that we’ve longed for.”
Olds is an ordained elder in the Florida Conference of the United Methodist Church and received his Master of Divinity from Asbury Theological Seminary in 2002. Prior to coming to Grace Church in 2006, Olds began a multi-cultural, urban church called The Rock-La Roca United Methodist Church in Lexington, Ky. (2002-06) and co-founded Lexington’s “Room in the Inn,” a ministry of hospitality and shelter for homeless men.
In addition to his pastoral work, Olds has also served as an adjunct instructor at Asbury University, a ministry mentor with Asbury Theological Seminary and has been a contributing writer for several projects with Group Publishing and United Methodist Communications.
To listen to archived podcasts of Fall Revival services as they are added throughout the week, visit: asbury.edu/podcast.