Evangelistic Outreach Ministries (EOM) may be located at 299 Ohio Avenue in New Boston, but the impact of the EOM is world wide, spreading the gospel of Jesus Christ through global mailings, television and radio programming, and the Internet.
Pastor, Dr. Calvin Evans, EOM, and Pastor of Rubyville Community Church, said EOM was birthed through his father, Calvin Evans’s call to ministry.
“It started over 60 years ago. My father, Calvin Evans, was called to the ministry, and he was in a Revival meeting that turned out to be an extended Revival of about six weeks straight, every night,” Evans said. “And at the end of that Revival they gave him a love offering, and he chose rather than keeping the love offering to invest it in a radio program, and at that time it was a powerful radio station in the Tri-State area.”
Evans said the original purpose was to spread the gospel of Jesus Christ, and to disciple people.
“From that the ministry launched which later led by the late 60s, early 70s to a television ministry, and then that then launched into a world wide missions ministry,” Evans said. “And so the original purpose was trying reach people that were outside of the realm of the gospel of Christ with the gospel, and not only to reach, but to be able to disciple them. The channels have come about now after all of these years that is still the focus, whether its comes by helping those that are in need, or helping missionaries that are around the world, and it all started with the vision that my father had in the 50s to see that happen.”
Evans said he just endeavors to carry out the legacy that his father left.
“In fact, we just had a Memorial Camp Meeting to honor his work, and the work of my mother Doris Evans,” Evans said. “We had a Meeting up in Huntington, West Virginia, and it was held there because that was the first television station that he aired the program on, and now we are on a number of stations reaching across the country and even into some other countries now, besides the Internet ministry that has grown at a phenomenal pace. It has really become a world wide ministry but is still based right here in the Tri-State area.”
He said the ministry actually started in the home of his parents.
“They had seven kids who would eat dinner, clear off the table and start stuffing envelopes and preparing books to be mailed to people across the country,” Evans said. “Free materials and free Bibles that would go out from there a building was purchased beside of where they lived that was located 18 miles out of the country in Lawrence County. From there we went to Ironton, Ohio for a number of years and we had outgrown that facility and were in desperate need of more room, because the way the ministry has functioned to the extent that it has is because of the vast number of volunteers that we were able to utilize. So we needed a facility, and that is when a friend of ours, one of the folks at our church discovered that Stanton Elementary School had been vacated, and they were going to sell the property.”
Rubyville Community Church, where Evans currently serves as senior pastor, made the purchasing of EOM facility possible.
“Under the blessings of Rubyville Community Church, they brought the property and donated it to Evangelistic Outreach, and we started the process to build this facility,” Evans said. “This facility is 6,000 square feet, and when it was completed we moved into it in April 2014, and had our dedication in September 2014. Best of all, we were able to move into it debt-free and not only debt-free, but didn’t have to bother with curtailing, or cutting short any of our missions, outreach or support missionaries or other evangelists that are spreading the gospel. So we are thrilled at what the Lord did.
Since 2014, Evangelistic Outreach has been able to expand, because they have been able to bring in more volunteers, which meant more ministry has been able to go out.
“On any given day, when we have a volunteer day those 75 to 80 people that come in on that day and volunteer, they will save the Ministry anywhere from 15 to $25,000 in a single day in just a few hours,” Evans said. “And that means that is money that can go out to other causes, because what would be payed for labor and other areas that we’d have to spend the money on they save that much money.”
The Evangelistic Outreach volunteers also allows the ministry to utilize the most cost-effective way of mailing things. Henceforth, this enables them to be more organized which means that you can get it more organized, which also allows them to get better rates with their shipments.
Brian Baer, who handles the media and technological aspects of EOM, and currently serves as Assistant Pastor of Rubyville Community Church, said EOM touches 25 to 26 stations across the United States.
“I came into this ministry in 2001, and I didn’t go into a television studio per se, as they did. They would actually go into the television stations and record them. Now we just do everything here, as you can see we have the camera here, and we make our own studio here,” Baer said. “From there we do all of the editing, I do it all in here in the editing room. So we will take services that we have done out on the field, and in Camp Meetings, we will take that footage and then put it with what we do here at the Evangelistic Outreach and then I will take that and create a weekly television program. That goes out nationally, and I believe that we are on about 25 to 26 stations nationwide.”
The Evangelistic Outreach Ministry has a YouTube channel that is viewed by hundreds of thousands of people around the world, according to Baer.
“And then it also goes on our YouTube channel all over the world. Last year the views from that channel were astronomical, we just could not believe,” Baer said. “There are hundreds and thousands of people that watch our program on a weekly basis.”
People from the local who are now living in different parts of the country also have access to EOM programming.
“You would be surprised at how many people that are from this area, that have moved away that will contact us and say it is just like being at home because they can tune into our television station and view our program,” Baer said. “It gives them a little bit of comfort, because it gives them a little taste of home, knowing they can get a little bit of Southern Ohio wherever they’re at.”
Another way that Evangelistic Outreach Ministry spreads the gospel of Jesus Christ is through radio programming.
“We are also on the radio as well. We have a daily radio program, in which we are on about five or six radio stations, and then also on some Internet stations as well,” Baer said. “We produce a daily Monday through Friday radio program, which we do here, and our weekly television program.”
Evans said the tremendous impact and ministry opportunities Evangelistic Outreach has had came through his father, who was a visionary.
“My father was a visionary, and a lot of things that we are reaping is what we did not sow,”Evans said. “But he taught us to sow as well. And he was on television at a time when there were only three stations in the Tristate, and there were only three ministries that had a television program then, and he could see that coming years ago. One of the reasons that we brought Brian on is he saw the need, he saw how vast of an audience that could be reached through the World Wide Web. With that it is now implanted in us the same desire to find the new facets of ministry to be involved in. It is a blessing now to be on the other end and be a blessing where the seed was planted 35 years ago, or 40 years ago, and those pastors are now overseeing multi-numbers of churches, multi-numbers of arenas of worship. They are working in different areas of ministry, planting Bible schools, and Bible colleges, and homes for orphans and widows. I just finished jotting down somethings about Haiti where some widows houses are being built, and that’s people here that are doing that, missionaries that we have helped.”
For more information regarding EOM, visit the website at: www.calvinevans.org
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