All Monroe County youth are being offered free tickets to see well-known illusionist and stunt artist Brock Gill at 6 p.m. at the Fine Arts Center on Sunday night.
Gill has set the pace for a new generation of edgy, daring illusionists, amazing audiences with his unique stage show, dry wit, and mind-blowing escapes.
A Nashville, Tenn. resident, Gill usually only performs in big cities. But he told Nathan Jackson, youth pastor at New Providence Baptist Church in Smarr, at a youth camp this past summer that he wanted to visit more small towns. Gill said he felt God calling him to minister to teens in places off the beaten path.
The result of that conversation is this Sunday’s show. Organizers are giving away tickets hoping to get as many Monroe County youth as they can not only to be entertained, but also to hear the powerful message of God’s love.
Gill worked at a sawmill as a young man, but felt that God wanted him to use illusions, escapes, and stunts to bring a message of hope to people.
With a passion for reaching people with the truth that had changed his own life, Gill went back to college and began performing at church outreach events. News of his creative method of evangelism spread through the area quickly and he began to receive invitations almost immediately. “I finished my first show and had three invitations to perform,” Gill explains. “People just heard about it and wanted me to come to their town.”
Since those first outreaches, God has taken Gill’s ministry across the U.S. and the world, while his heart for the lost has grown. Understanding that people today have short attention spans and want to be entertained visually, he has learned how to grab an audience quickly and keep them on the edge of their seats.
Gill’s message for Christ is clear and effective. He has seen God touch thousands upon thousands of lives through his ministry.
Brock has shared the stage with many well known speakers, worship leaders and artists such as Franklin Graham, Luis Palau, John Piper, Newsboys, Toby Mac, Third Day, Mercy Me and Casting Crowns.
Head Heating and Air, United Bank, The Brokery and the Reporter are helping sponsor Sunday’s event.