GEORGETOWN, TX (RNN) – Tim Tebow recently took his talents to the Big Apple, but he plans to spend Easter in the Longhorn State.
The New York Jets quarterback and evangelical is scheduled to deliver the Easter Sunday sermon at the Celebration Church, with around 30,000 people in attendance, according to KVUE. Church leaders began preparing for the crowd by erecting outdoor seating to accommodate on their 60-acre site.
Tebow is the son of Bob Tebow, the head of his self-named evangelistic association, and is no stranger to public speaking. He spoke on March 16 in Montgomery, AL, at a fundraiser for the Cancer Wellness Foundation of Central Alabama.
Susan Bruchis, executive director for the foundation, said the 24-year-old’s sincerity and “wisdom beyond his years” left her and the other 2,400 in attendance inspired.
“It was as if he was talking to each person individually,” Bruchis said. “You would see his face, looking at him on the big screen, but somehow it became a very personal message.”
She believed those in attendance for his sermon would all walk out feeling better from hearing him.
“You get the distinct impression that it is for real with him,” Bruchis said. “For whatever it’s worth, that is a gift he gives to anyone he meets.”
KVUE reported Tebow would speak for about 20 minutes during the 10 a.m. service. Pastor Joe Champion described the upcoming event as “our Super Bowl” but promised it would be a sacred gathering.
“It’s not a Tim Tebow show,” Champion told KVUE. “It’s not about a celebrity. There’s really only one celebrity that we are going to honor and highlight.”
The church rented 110 buses to pick up attendees from six different locations in the city and nearby Round Rock. Champion told the reporter he did not know why Tebow chose the church as the place to speak on Easter.
Tebow was born in the Philippines during a mission trip by his parents and grew up in the Jacksonville, FL, area. He went to school at the University of Florida.
After winning the Heisman Trophy and two national championships, he was drafted by the Denver Broncos. He spent two years with the Broncos and led them to a playoff victory last season before being traded to the Jets.
Organizers for the Celebration Church event said everyone was welcome to attend.
Article Courtesy of WOIO 19 Action News