WESTPORT – The Westport Christian Church will be holding a Revival weekend August 16 through 18, featuring famous storyteller and preacher Tommy Oaks and his son, world-renowned musician, John Thomas Oaks.
During its 160-year existence, the Westport Christian Church has been in the practice of holding at least one Revival annually.
The annual Revival is a practice Minister Mike Bartlett has embraced wholeheartedly since he began leading the church in 1998.
For those unaware, a revival is a series of gatherings designed to renew the faith of Christians and believers. Bartlett said this Revival will be geared towards refreshing, renewing, and reviving current followers and believers. According to Bartlett, throughout the weekend participants will renew and restore the relationship they already have with Christ.
“The purpose of the Revival is to rekindle the flame within the current believers,” Bartlett said.
When asked if the Revival is open to anyone, Bartlett replied, “It’s open to absolutely everyone. In fact, Saturday night, the performance of the musical ‘Star Queen,’ is set up so that believers from other churches can also come to the play and enjoy the fellowship and revival.”
Westport Christian Church has been nicknamed “The Port” for a number of reasons. One reason is because the church is located in Westport, but for many, it has also become a safe harbor, or “port” in times of strife and need. The church’s philosophy is all about serving the community, living their faith and teaching by example. Members of the Port are extensively involved in community activity and service.
The Port will be hosting special guests Tommy and John Thomas Oaks during the Revival. Tommy is known across the world for his storytelling ability. In fact, when he graduated from East Tennessee State University with a Master’s degree in storytelling, he was the first person in the world to do so.