A baptism is celebrated at the Oakwood University "Revive" evangelistic event culmination on Feb. 25, 2023. Photo provided by Isaac Ibarra/Oakwood University

North America

Oakwood University Hosts Historic Evangelism Event

On February 17–25, 2023, the university collaborated with three North American Division unions to host the “Revive” evangelism meetings.

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“I conduct around 14 evangelism meetings every year; however, I’ll remember this one,” said Roger Hernandez, Ministerial and Evangelism director for the Southern Union Conference. Hernandez was talking about the successful “Revive” evangelism meeting that took place on the Oakwood University campus (Huntsville, Alabama) on February 17–25, 2023, an event he sponsored and directed.

It was the first time the Southern Union, Oakwood University, and the Gulf States and South Central conferences came together with one mission on the university campus: saving souls for the kingdom.

(Photo: NAD)

(Photo: NAD)

Julio Chazarreta, Hispanic coordinator for the Southern Union, began the meetings as the speaker for the first five nights, followed by Hernandez for the remaining four.

Pastors with their churches in proximity to Oakwood University gathered at the C.T. Richards Moseley Complex to hear God’s Word. As a result, more than 100 souls were added to the kingdom by baptism and profession of faith, including several of Oakwood’s Latino students.

Enoc Balbuena, pastor of the Oakwood Latino Church, hosted the event, making sure the experience on the campus was successful. Balbuena and Isaac Ibarra, special assistant to the Oakwood president for Diversity and Inclusion, prepared a delicious meal to feed 700 people who attended the Sabbath service at the Oakwood Adventist Academy. Leslie Pollard, Oakwood president, and Calvin Watkins, North American Division vice president, visited and witnessed the “Revive” event. The culmination of the event took place at the Oakwood University Church with a mini concert and baptism celebration.

The original version of this story was posted on the North American Division website.