Lowder returning to Crowley
By: Jeannine LeJeune
CROWLEY - After a successful four-day trip earlier this year, Jay Lowder will return to Crowley for two services Sunday.
The church will host a 10:30 a.m. service and a 6 p.m. service Sunday, November 21, 2010.
“(Lowder) will look to reconnect with all the people who came to the March event and try to build off of his work then,,” said Lyod Singley, Pastor of Northside Assembly of God church.
The Northside Assembly of God church, located at 809 East Northern Aveune in Crowley, invites the public to celebrate what God has done and is still doing in Acadiana. The visit will mark Lowder’s second trip to Crowley this year. In March, Lowder was part of four days of services at the Rice Arena that drew thousands each night.
The March event, the Acadiana Festival of Life, lasted from Sunday through Wednesday. Monday’s service attracted the largest crowd according to Singley.
“According to those who count those things, there was nearly four thousand people there, a lot of which were young people,” he said.
According to Singley, the Sunday morning service will be Northside’s normal service with Lowder being a speaker at the service. The evening service will be a joint service with all the churches that participated in the Acadiana Festival of Life in March this year. The Crusade Choir will also join the evening service. The “Acadiana Festival of Thanksgiving” will feature a Thanksgiving theme and try to get all churches in the area involved and interested in Lowder’s message.
“All of the churches that participated in March have been invited to join us, we had about 40 churches involved to some degree last time,” said Singley.
Northside became the agreed upon site for Lowder’s return visit after searching for a place big enough to host what Singley hopes will be a large crowd.
“We seat 1200 and can expand to close-circuit television if necessary, but right now we just want to get the word out to the residents of the parish. It’s hard to say how big the crowd will be, but we hope it will be a good crowd Sunday,” said Singley
Lowder was born into a home with both parents being believers in Jesus Christ but did not become one himself until much later in life. He turned from God and sought contentment and peace in a destructive lifestyle. He also came close to attempting suicide but his roommate walked in and led to Lowder searching for truth in life. He then realized God was calling him to spend the rest of his life preaching the truth that had transformed his own life.
Since his call into evangelism, he has participated in more than 250 crusades, rallies and conferences.
Lowder and his family, his wife and three children, reside in Wichita Falls, Texas where they are members of the First Baptist Church of Wichita Falls where Dr. Bob McCartney is pastor.