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Allegheny West Conference Crusades Result in 50 Baptisms

Story by Bryant Taylor
Published 9/13/2011

Evangelism is booming in Allegheny West Conference, due in part to their new Hope for Today crusades. The three-week evangelistic meetings created by Rupert Bushner, DMin, the conference’s church growth specialist, allow him to share the conference’s vision and mission. “Reviving the saints, evangelizing the lost and planting new churches is the conference’s evangelistic thrust,” Bushner explains. To date the crusades have resulted in 50 baptisms.

With help from pastors and church members, Bushner and his evangelistic team have conducted meetings in Huntington, W.Va.; Erie, Pa.; and Lynchburg, Roanoke and Appomattox, Va. For the nightly sessions in Appomattox, William and Diane Perguson donated the use of one of their business buildings. As a result of their stewardship, there is a new church plant in Appomattox.

The next crusade will be held October 30-Novemer 19 at Indiana University in Indiana, Pa. To watch video clips from the meetings and for more details, visit the conference website,