South Carolina-based Transformation Church Lead Pastor Derwin Gray took to Twitter Saturday to share and celebrate the news that 20 men were baptized at the Lee Correctional Institution in Bishopville.
The former professional football player for the Indianapolis Colts and the Carolina Panthers tweeted to his more than 22,000 followers: “We baptized 20 men at @TCTransformers Lee Prison today. It was a beautiful time being with the men.”
Pastor Gray, accompanied by his leader of the prison teams, Ken Lake, and nine prison team leaders, visited the men’s correctional institution where on Saturday Gray performed all 20 baptisms, Lake told The Christian Post.
He shared some of the men’s reactions after they emerged from the water, saying they felt “freedom and excite[ment], identifying with Christ. Many of them hugged Pastor Derwin upon coming out of the water.”
As far as the logistics go, Lake said, “We hold the baptisms in the chapel area and they have a regular baptismal font (oversized bathtub).”
Lake indicated that on the previous evening he and prison team leaders visited the Kershaw Correctional Institution and baptized 36 men, for a weekend total of 56 baptisms.
“We tell them on a regular basis their physical location (prison) does not define them,” he told CP.
“They can be free in Christ (defined by their identity in Christ) and on fire behind bars. Many individuals who are not incarcerated are in bondage to addictions and not experiencing freedom.”
He added, “Since we started the prison ministry in 2012 we’ve baptized 319 men.”
SOURCE: The Christian Post – Kevin Porter