Middle school student Sarah Owens readies for baptism during a Super Bowl party at First Baptist Church in Colleyville. The church’s campus minister, Zach Schroeder, performed the baptism.Photo by Mary Margaret Collingsworth
COLLEYVILLE, Texas (BP)--Barrett Upchurch is the starting centerfielder on Grapevine High School’s junior varsity team. But before accepting Christ at a Super Bowl party, he fielded more trouble than baseballs.
“Before ... I wasn’t doing very good,” the 15-year-old freshman said. “I was skipping out on school and wasn’t doing the things I was supposed to do.... Then I just changed.”
Upchurch is one of 66 teens who found a new life through accepting Christ as their Savior at a Super Bowl party Feb. 5 sponsored by First Baptist Church in Colleyville, Texas.
Kiley Johnson comes up after being baptized during a Super Bowl party for teens at the Dallas/Fort Worth-area First Baptist Church in Colleyville. The church’s campus minister, Zach Schroeder, performed the baptism. Photo by Mary Margaret Collingsworth
Upchurch, of nearby Grapevine, was one of 10 people who was baptized during the third quarter after an evangelistic talk at halftime by Keith Harmon, student pastor at the Dallas/Fort Worth-area church.
“I started crying and just felt I was a new person and got lifted on the inside,” Upchurch described his rebirth. He followed almost immediately in baptism, “Being baptized, everything felt right. I wasn’t nervous or anything.”
Harmon said only 24 of the 66 new Christians attended a church prior to the event, which saw more than double the number of conversions as last year, when the party was held for the first time. More than 400 students attended the party, which was publicized by members of First Baptist’s youth group distributing free tickets at their respective schools. Read More