God Skates! Not to be confused with the seminal skate rock band McWilson’s tune of the same name. Skate churches are nothing new. Here’s a roundup of Christians and skatebording in the news.
From the Herald Today in Manatee, Bradenton and Sarasota Florida: Christians hit the half-pipe in newest wave of evangelization
Just one thing is missing from Key Biscayne Presbyterian Church: A skateboard ramp.
If plans in the works come to be, that void will soon be filled and the church will join hundreds of others bringing the Bible to boarders in what some describe as one of Christianity’s newest, hippest and largest means of evangelization.
“We’re reaching people who’ve never heard about religion or God before,” said Mike Pechonis, president of Christian Skaters International Ministry, which is based in Pompano Beach. “So we’re telling them about how cool Jesus is.
Uh yeah, Never heard of religion or God? Is this a church on the planet Mars?
From the Rolla Daily News in Rolla Missouri: RHS grad uses skateboard to spread religious message
One of the top pro freestyle flatland skateboarders around is bringing his skills and his message about Jesus Christ to his hometown of Rolla with a performance at the Bandshell tonight. …Tim Byrne, 26, is a one-man ministry who has been touring the world for the past six years.
“The one thing I want people to know is that my heart is sold out for Jesus Christ. That’s the message I’m out to spread,” Byrne said. “I want people to get one thing about me — I’m out to lift up the name of Jesus. He saved my own life and changed my life forever. That’s what I’m excited about and that’s my motive behind anything I do with skateboarding.”
He saved your life by making you a top freestyle flatland pro? Is there even a circuit for that anymore? Heck, maybe I could be a top freestyle pro. I can do a pogo. This guy lives in Portland. Maybe he’ll get in touch with us.
From the OC Register: Stoked on life
Christian Hosoi was a 1980s skateboarding god, then he crashed and burned. Now the legend skates for a higher purpose. …The gold crucifix around Hosoi’s neck – a gift from born-again Christian Stephen Baldwin, the youngest of the acting Baldwin clan – gleams.
From the Christian News Wire: Jesus in Skateboarding? New DVD Weaves Faith and Extreme Sports to Spread Gospel
“Skateboarding is one of the fastest growing and most popular sports among youth,” said Ben Cerullo, President and Founder of Steelroots. “Our goal was to capitalize on this popularity by producing a ministry tool that would not only entertain, but present the Gospel in a real, tangible way. We believe that we accomplished this with the release of ‘Kaleidoscope’.”
Marketing is marketing is marketing. Not notable except for the fact that they even have an online Christian Skate shop