In Feb. 6 IssueBy Derek AaronRussell County News Editor
A “Celebration of Victory” is coming to the county seat courtesy of the Jamestown Christian Church's Winterfest, according to Bro. Tony Stephens, senior minister at the church.
“This is a new experience for us,” Stephens said. “We're trying to provide an opportunity for people to come together, be inspired and be encouraged.”
A service is scheduled to be held each night at 6:30 p.m. from February 14-18 at the church's family life center, which is located behind the county courthouse, and many locals may recognize some of the speakers that will attend the event. Which has been in planning for more than a year.
“We're having some folks come in from around the country we believe have made the best opportunities out of difficult experiences in life,” he said.
“These people were bringing in, through their faith, have overcome challenges and we just want to share that and hopefully inspire some folks in our community.”
Stephens said he is expecting a big turnout each night from the folks of Russell County.
“We want to get as many people to come as we can so they can experience the blessings of these folks and find a hope and a faith that goes beyond this world and knowing when bad things happen, God take turn it around and make it in to something positive,” he said.
The services begin on Sunday, Feb. 14 when guest speaker and performer Patrick Henry Hughes will take the stage.
Many will recognize Hughes as he has been featured in both People Magazine and Star Magazine as well as The Ellen Show, Oprah and Extreme Make Over Home Edition as well as State Farm commercials.
Hughes, who can't walk and is confined to a wheelchair, was born without eyes and with severe scoliosis.
Today, Hughes is an accomplished virtuoso pianist, vocalist and trumpet player and has participated in the University of Louisville's marching and pep bands.
On Monday, Feb. 15 Charles Marshall, a Christian comedian, will perform at the center. Marshall's material is “clever enough to tickle the funny bone of the most demanding comedy fan, yet relatable enough for anyone to enjoy,” according to event planners.
On Tuesday, Feb. 16 Christian bodybuilder Jay Montgomery, a former Campbellsville University football player, will awe the audience with great feats of strength, such as rolling up a frying pan into a burrito and breaking a Louisville Slugger bat.
Montgomery, who holds a U.S. record for drug-tested bench press, has served as Youth and Associate Pastor at the First Baptist Church in Carrollton for 14 years.
Wednesday, Feb. 17 will see Missy Jenkins Smith make an appearance at Winterfest.
When Smith was 15 she was shot and injured during the December 1997 school shooting at Heath High School in West Paducah.
Smith, an award-winning author, was paralyzed from the chest down during the incident and will talk about the trials she has gone through since becoming paralzed.
She has earned local and national honors, such as “Kentuckian of the Year” and Ladies' Home Journal's “Most Fascinating Woman.”
Winterfest will conclude on Thursday, Feb. 18 when Rick Stanley will speak at the family life center.
Stanley, a stepbrother of the late Elvis Presley, was born in 1953 in Huntsville, Ala. His parents later divorced and his mother later married Vernon Presley, the father of Elvis.
When he was 16, Stanley quit school and began traveling with Elvis as his personal aide.
Stanley went through the same addiction problems as Elvis but two months after Elvis' death, Stanley became a Christian and turned his life around.
Stanley, who has appeared on television and in national magazines, is an accomplished author and has spoken at thousands of churches and schools, hundreds of drug rehab centers and correctional facilities.