John Jacobs’ Next Generation Power Force will make a stop in Salem Sunday at Salem Full Gospel Church. Jacobs will lead service at 10:30 a.m., and the team will join for a 6:30 p.m. presentation. The public is invited.
The team is “a strength team with a message of hope to life the world,” according to the group. Jacobs is the founder of the Strength Evangelist Concept. He has held over 3,000 crusades in 40 countries and over 30,000 school assemblies in the United States alone. Previously he had a worldwide weekly television show that ran for 15 years. Chuck Norris attended a crusade presented by Jacobs and later did an episode of Walker Texas Ranger featuring the team and Jacobs.
Traveling with Jacobs on the team is Big Dave. Winning two national titles in Tae-kwon-do and ranked No. 1 in the state of Oklahoma in 1997, David no longer practices the sport, but continues diligence in lifting weights. He has been involved with the strength ministry for the last 18 years.
Jerome King is a former high school All-American football player, as well as an all-state basketball player. Standing at six feet, five inches, he bench presses 485 pounds. A team member of Jacobs’ for over 10 years, King also played professional football for the Chicago Bears, and later in NFL Europe and arena football. He and brother, Shawn, are rated as two of the top school assembly speakers in the United States.
Shawn King is a former high school All-American football player, all-state basketball player and All-American High Jump champion. He played football at Louisiana State University. He was a second-round draft pick by the Carolina Panthers, and later played for the Indianapolis Colts. Standing at 6-4, he bench-presses 490 pounds.
Steve Carrier has been preaching as an evangelist over 25 years. Featured on ESPN, Ripley’s Believe It or Not and America’s Got Talent, he won Steve Harvey’s Big Show competition. He holds the current Guiness Book of World Records for breaking 34 baseball bats in 60 seconds. He shares a powerful story of overcoming physical handicaps to become a champion and world-record holder.
Salem Full Gospel Church is located 1.5 miles north of Salem on Hwy. 19.