Seaside Heights is often known for its barroom vices, but next summer, it will be the home of a massive Christian revival led by well-known pastor Jonathan Shuttlesworth.
Shuttlesworth, who bases his ministry in Pennsylvania, is known to many as the host of “Revival Today,” a television show that airs in many Pennsylvania television markets and can be seen locally on Fox 29 (WTXF) in Philadelphia.
The Seaside Heights event will take place June 2-5 on the beach, officials said.
“We have started to venture out into outdoor events, including one that we had done in the city of Philadelphia,” said Anthony Archuleta, Crusade Director for Revival Today. “We’re doing games, interactive things to get the crowds involved, and we also have the opportunity to share the Gospel with people.”
Revival Today recently drew 10,000 students to an outdoor event at Penn State University.
Archuleta said the program will mix musical performances, giveaways and other events with Gospel messages. The Seaside Heights event will be promoted on Shuttlesworth’s television show in Philadelphia.
“In Philadelphia, we had massive turnouts each night, and had a lot of people who had their lives changed,” Archuleta said. “A lot of people who wouldn’t normally set foot in a church might come out to something fun, maybe win something as simple as an iPad.”