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Chip Luter embraces opportunity in Tampa

LAURENS, S.C. (BP) -- Fred "Chip" Luter III has accepted a call as a campus pastor in Tampa, moving from New Orleans where he has served as youth minister under his father, former SBC President Fred Luter. Chip Luter will become pastor of the Sulphur Springs campus of Idlewild Baptist Church beginning May 1.

‘NFL Experience’ shows youth minister value of conversation

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Jeanty Danmervil (left), a Miami youth minister, answers a visitor’s questions about where his children can meet an NFL player making an appearance in the Kids Zone at the NFL Experience held in conjunction with Super Bowl XLI in Miami.Photo by Bob Carey
MIAMI (BP)--Jeanty Danmervil got a real NFL experience when Super Bowl XLI came to Miami.
      Danmervil worked at one of the National Football League’s most popular Super Bowl week activities: the “NFL Experience.” In a theme park-like setting, the NFL Experience allows children to grandparents to try their hand at passing, running, blocking and other football skills. The event also features various displays, a card show and a chance to meet NFL players.
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San Diego Chargers wide receiver Keenan McCardell was among the NFL players and coaches who interacted with children at the NFL Experience’s Kids Zone in the run-up to at Super Bowl XLI in Miami. Photo by Bob Carey

      Danmervil, youth minister at Miami’s Immanuel Baptist Church, got involved when a pastor gave him a copy of an e-mail from Tim Knopps, who was helping place managers with the NFL Experience. Knopps, who has been involved with Super Bowl initiatives for 10 years, works closely with the local organizing committees and helps churches interface with the yearly event.

Will Graham speaks of his father & grandfather

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. (BP)--While growing up, Will Graham says he didn’t feel the pressure of being the grandson of Billy Graham.
      His father, Franklin Graham, tried to make sure there was no pressure on him to enter the ministry. “Dad wanted to make sure that I wasn’t pressured and was doing it for the right reasons. He wanted to know that the Lord was leading me and not because of six letters,” Will said, referring to the famous Graham name.

Will Graham’s inaugural campaign buoyed by Shea, Barrows

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George Beverly Shea (left) holds the microphone as Billy Graham’s grandson, Will, and Cliff Barrows join in a rendition of “This Little Light of Mine" during Will’s inaugural evangelistic campaign in North Carolina.I>Photo by Bob Carey
GASTONIA, N.C. (BP)--Thunder, lightning and pouring rains held off as Will Graham, 31, grandson of Billy Graham, finished his first U.S. evangelistic campaign Oct. 11 in western North Carolina.
      During the three-day Greater Gaston Celebration, comparisons with Will’s famous grandfather began to pop up everywhere -- in their voice and look and their clear call to repentance from sin.

Third-generation Graham opens inaugural crusade

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Evangelist Will Graham addresses the crowd at his first U.S. crusade Oct. 9 in Gastonia, N.C.Photo by Bob Carey
GASTONIA, N.C. (BP)--Nearly 60 years after his grandfather held his first citywide crusade in Charlotte, William (Will) Franklin Graham IV held his first U.S. crusade just a few miles to the west in Gastonia, N.C.

Cool slide on a hot day

CHANDLER, Ariz. (BP)--Glenn Wolf of Wellspring Baptist Church in Chandler, Ariz., gets ready to spray an inflatable slide with cool water as neighborhood children enjoy a block party June 14 at Tarwater Elementary School in Chandler.

Scouts a great way to reach boys for Christ, leader says

RIDGECREST, N.C. (BP)--Southern Baptists and the Boy Scouts of America have worked through the Association of Baptists for Scouting for almost 50 years, so it was a reunion of sorts when more than 120 Scout leaders from 12 states and various Baptist denominations met in early April at LifeWay Ridgecrest Conference Center.