The Pool is for more than swimming

Author: Scott Talley, Ebenezer Baptist Student Pastor

As I prepare for the coming months, I can't help but reflect and celebrate the victories from this summer. In June, Ebenezer Baptist from Hillsborough, North Carolina headed to Anderson University for Clayton King Ministries' Crossroads Summer Camp. The ministry has always found different ways to impact Ebenezer, and this year was no different.

Just this year, we took 51 students, three who gave their lives to Christ during the first week of camp! God moved in a mighty way through Clayton King, but also through Anderson University.

Last year, one of our students, Beth, gave her life to Christ. It was a life-changing moment, and she has gone through a significant transformation. Although when seeking her next step of baptism, various obstacles arose.

Then a month before camp, Beth came to me and shared, “I want to be baptized at Crossroads this year. Would Clayton King and the staff be okay with that?”

I said, “YES! They will rejoice with us also!”

On June 25th and during the first week of camp, more than 60 friends gathered to support Beth and her next step. With all hearts rejoicing, she waded into Anderson University's brand new pool facility to be baptized.

Beth came out of the water smiling, sharing that her first birthday as a Christian was amazing! 

We are incredibly grateful to Anderson University President Dr. Evans Whitaker, Clayton King and their teams for the amazing experience and celebration at Anderson and Crossroads! Thank you, and we'll see you in 2016!

About the author: Scott Talley is the Student Pastor at Ebenezer Baptist Church. Ebenezer is a church that is pressing forward in Christ-centered influence and impact in Hillsborough and the greater Durham, NC area.

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Scott joined the staff in 2014 after faithfully serving a congregation in VA where he also served as Student Pastor. He graduated from Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary in Wake Forest, NC with an M. Div. and graduates in December 2015 with a Doctorate of Ministry. God has placed a burden upon the heart of Scott to reach teens with the Gospel as well as challenge students to live boldly for Christ. Scott and his wife Leigh were married in August of 2014. His life verse is Col. 3:17.