Rick Gage is returning to Friendswood, a place where he grew up and has lifelong friends and family. He is not in town for just a visit, he hopes to change lives and help both students and adults find focus and direction.
Gage is leading the Bay Area Go Tell Crusade April 7-9, at 7 p.m. each night at Challenger Columbia Stadium in Webster. It is all part of Gage’s Go Tell ministries.
Gage was a 1977 Friendswood High School graduate who had had a successful high school football career. He then played four years of college football before coaching in the profession. He coached at Texas Tech University.
In 1986, Gage walked away from coaching and went into full-time evangelistic ministry. He founded Go Tell Crusades, Inc. and has been conducting evangelistic events around the world, seeing tens of thousands make commitments. He holds crusades in small towns where possibly no crusades have been held due to the size of the site.
In 1989 he started Go Tell Youth Camps. To further impact youth, Gage delivers his nationally acclaimed On Track assembly program to teenagers around the nation. The program confronts youth abuse of drugs and alcohol.
While in Friendswood, he will visit Bay Area schools April 3-7, delivering his On Track message. He has presented in Pearland, Alvin, and the Bay Area and will be continuing to visit schools in this area.
He authored his autobiography, “More Than Just a Game,” and a Bible study download which helps young people and adults grow in their faith.
To prepare for the upcoming crusade at Challenger, a fundraising luncheon was held at Grace Community Church recently. Friendswood resident Debbie Hickey was the banquet chairman in charge of the 650-plus luncheon. Her husband, Mike Hickey, is the chair of the crusade along with Honorary Chair, State Senator Larry Taylor.
Gage’s Crusade team includes Tony Nolan, baseball’s Andy Pettitte, musicians Building 429 and Josh Wilson, Al Tennyson, Charles Billingsley, former Houston Astro Lance Berkman, Nic plus Jaci, and Scott Camp.
When Gage began to plan for the Crusade in the area, he wanted to hold it at Henry Winston Stadium on the Friendswood High School campus. Its small size and problem parking made this impossible and Challenger was chosen.
It has since grown to an area wide regional crusade with volunteers from more than 50 churches participating.
But for Gage, it might have grown into a huge project and large crusade but it is still coming home.
Gage and his wife, Lynne, live near Atlanta, Georgia with their two daughters, Sara and Anna.
For more information on Gage and Go Tell Ministries, go to www.Gotellministries.com.
Story by Karolyn Gephart