FORT WORTH, Texas (BP)--He doesn't look like the average, clean-cut youth minister because he isn't. His church's youth facility is anything but average as well.
John Mark Seelig, "skate pastor" for Lakepointe Baptist Church in Rockwall, Texas, oversees the church's "Pier 419" youth center, a radically different design and atmosphere from the traditional confines of church gyms and softball fields.
Pier 419 is all about evangelism, all about finding a way to reach an often-overlooked segment of society -- young people on the fringe of the urban, middle class.
The idea for Pier 419 began with the account in Matthew 4:19 in which Jesus told some of the disciples He would make them "fishers of men." Eight million dollars and 48,000 square feet later, the Pier 419 youth center emerged.