National youth evangelist speaking at local church
by James Phillips
Oct 20, 2012 | 2038 views | 0 0 comments | 8 8 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Dean Sikes, a nationally-known author and evangelist, is the guest speaker at a Walker County church tonight.

Sikes will speak at Gathering Ministries Family Church at 7 p.m. during its Equipping People in Christ (EPIC) service.

Sikes has spoken to more than 1 million people in eight nations and at more than 1,200 events since 1993. He is the author of several best-selling books, and he is the founder of the “You Matter” campaign.

The campaign, which started in January, is a rally against suicide. Sikes calls it a global campaign to help eradicate hopelessness among teenagers.

“We’re asking teenagers to sign the “I Matter” pledge,” Sikes said on a video on the webside. “This pledge simply says: God created me as an original. God created me for relationship. God created me to fulfill a purpose.”

Sikes said “hope for the hopeless” is his mission.

“It is a message of hope that creates vision which then causes a person to realize they matter,” Sikes said.

Allen Bailey, pastor of Gathering Ministries, said his congregation is excited about tonight’s service.

“This is Dean’s first time to come here, and we feel like teenagers will be motivated by his words,” Bailey said. “The You Matter campaign is making a difference in people’s lives, and we are excited that he will be speaking at our church.”

The service is a special EPIC service, Bailey said. Typically, the church holds EPIC meetings on the first Wednesday of each month. The service is aimed at people 25 years and younger, and has been compared to services such as the Ramp and the Basement offered in other areas.

The church is located in a former bingo hall near the Warrior River Bridge on U.S. 78.

For more information, visit Gathering Ministries Family Church on the web at or on Facebook at GatheringMinistriesFamilyChurch.

They can also be reached by phone at (205)384-5929.