Oak Grove preachers

The Hawk Report, Nov. 9, 2014, WIUP-FM

Longtime Oak Grove preacher Timothy Melcalf, pastor, Lord Jesus Christ Assembly, Indiana, Pa., stands on his customary knoll in the campus common, Nov. 19, 2014. Photo by Dave Loomis.

Longtime Oak Grove preacher Timothy Melcalf, pastor, Lord Jesus Christ Assembly, Indiana, Pa., stands on his customary knoll in the campus common, Nov. 19, 2014. Photo by Dave Loomis.

Oak Grove preachers at IUP come in two varieties. One is the gypsy variety – itinerants whose visits to the Oak Grove in November 2013 and again last week sparked raucous debate with students who passed by between classes.

On Nov. 4, Election Day, a group of evangelists swept back onto the university common to rail against evolution and sin. The Bible-thumpers told students that they were “evil” and “going to hell” and that “evolution is a lie.” Students railed back.

Campus administrators and police have kept their distance as the visitors vigorously exercised their First Amendment rights in the university’s public space.

But there is another variety of Oak Grove preacher –- namely, Timothy Metcalf, the soft-spoken pastor at Lord Jesus Christ Assembly two blocks north of the Oak Grove. For more than two decades, Metcalf has preached the Gospel outdoors to students in a tone better suited to a confessional than to a crowd.

Shortly before Free Speech Week, Hawk Report producer Kelsey Breunig interviewed Metcalf about his mission, his medium and his message.

Breunig also surveyed a sample of IUP students to ask their opinions about Oak Grove preachers.

To hear the Metcalf interview and the results of the survey, click below:
https://cdnapisec.kaltura.com/index.php/kwidget/wid/1_20ffgl35/uiconf_id/19720942/entry_id/1_2xt4puyw

 

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