New Castle News

November 1, 2013

Homecoming: Former athlete Randy Crum returning to Neshannock as man of God

Dan Irwin
New Castle News

NEW CASTLE — Randy Crum left Neshannock High School as a three-sport star.

Now he’s going back with a triune God.

Crum, pastor of Wayside Emmanuel Church and founder of Vision Ministries of Lawrence County, is planning his fifth quarterly crusade for 6:15 p.m. Nov. 9 in the Neshannock High auditorium.

“We are calling it the ‘Coming Home Crusade,’ ” said Crum, a 1972 Neshannock grad who since has traded football, basketball and baseball for the Father, Son and Holy Spirit. “Number one, of course, is for mankind to return back to the truth. And second, I’m going back to where I played sports and graduated.”

Crum recalls some wonderful times during his high school days, but also some tough ones. His mother, who would later pass away, spent much of that time in and out of the hospital.

“Sports kind of kept me in the game, they kept me motivated,” Crum said. “But that’s also when the Lord started dealing with me, in my senior year because of the hardships and the back-and-forth to the hospital with my mother.

“I didn’t know the Lord back then, but God started to open up my mind and my eyes that there is more to life than just living. I needed something there that was going to be a stronghold and meaningful and that would get you through these times.”

Now, Crum is excited to return to the auditorium where he sat through study halls and even performed in a play.

“I’m going back a different person from what I was in school,” he said. “I’m a different person because the Lord has made me different. And I can bring that to the place where I spent a lot of my life.”

Crum, though, won’t be there alone.

In addition to 3sixteen, the Vision Ministries Praise Team, four Neshannock students – Viviana Cardenas, Bailee Smoot, Laura Na and Joey Heath – will be providing special music. They’ll be joined by the choir from St. John United Holdy Church.

Crum’s message, meanwhile, will be complemented by personal testimony from Lew Glitch; a video from Celebrate Recovery ;and “Brandon’s Story” by Dan Bailey. Bailey and his wife, Terri, of Shenango Township created a video presentation to share the story of how their son Brandon, turned to drugs, landing himself in prison and turning their own lives upside down as well.

There is no charge to attend the crusade. However, a free-will offering will be taken, and a portion will be donate to the Alpha Omega Center.

Vision Ministries is a nondenominational outreach with a mission to bring revival to the City of New Castle. Previous crusades have taken place at Wayside Emmanuel Church, Mohawk and New Castle high schools and the Lawrence County Fair.

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