HERMON, Maine — The Rev. Sammy Tippit, a Southern Baptist evangelist who has preached to thousands around the globe, will bring his ministry to Hermon Baptist Church, 2496 Route 2, from Sunday, March 13, through Wednesday, March 16.
Tippit’s visit will coincide with the release of his most recent book, “The Race.” The book is about life principles learned from the biblical imagery of the athlete, especially the runner, according to information on his website.
Tippit, 63, of San Antonio, Texas, took up running after he was diagnosed with cancer in 2007, and the following year ran the course of the original Greek marathon in Athens, Greece.
“No one really knows him in the Northeast,” the Rev. Garnett Chute, pastor of Hermon Baptist, said Wednesday. “Most of his ministry has been overseas. I heard him speak about five years ago at a conference. He said he’d never been to Maine, so I invited him.”
A native of Baton Rouge, La., Tippit began his ministry on the streets of Chicago in 1970, according to his websitewww.sammytippit.org. Three years later, he took his ministry behind the Iron Curtain to communist countries in Eastern Europe.
During the early 1990s, Tippit preached at stadium meetings in Russia, Ukraine, Romania, Albania and Moldova. Over the past 15 years, he has preached in Rwanda, Burundi, Ethiopia, Brazil, Egypt, Sudan and Iran.
“We go to the difficult places,” Tippit wrote of the ministry on his website. “God has called us to many of the unreached cities of the world and to many locations in turmoil or off limits to outsiders, and he has opened the doors for us to minister.
“Prayer is the foundation of all we do,” the minister continued. “Prayer isn’t simply asking God to bless our meetings, it’s the foundation of the vision we impart to churches. We get people praying and developing an attitude of dependence on God, which results in their hearing God’s heart for their city and nation.”
Tippitt will preach at the 9 and 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. services Sunday, March 13, and at 6:30 p.m. Monday through Wednesday, March 14 to 16.
For information, call 848-7104 or visit www.hermonbaptist.org.