Ricky Stanley to Speak on June 14, 2015

RickStanleyRick Stanley will speak at Pleasant View Church on Sunday, June 14, 2015.

The service will start at 10:45 a.m. Stanley, who was Elvis Presley’s stepbrother, today is one of America’s most respected evangelists.

In 1960, Rick and his two brothers were living in Virginia when his mother, Dee Stanley, married Elvis’ widowed father, Vernon Presley, and took them to live at Graceland. Rick was 6-years-old, and Elvis was 25.

As Rick grew older he traveled with Elvis as his personal assistant and bodyguard. The lifestyle eventually led to a dependence on alcohol and narcotics.

When Elvis died in August 1977, Rick thought his life was over since it had been centered on his big brother for so many years.

Through the consistent prayer of a high school friend, Robyn Moye, Rick gave what was left of his life to Jesus Christ. He was miraculously delivered from his alcohol and drug dependencies.

Sensing God calling him into the ministry, Rick attended Criswell College in Dallas, Texas on a full scholarship provided to him by Dr. W. A. Criswell after hearing Rick’s story. He went to do his graduate studies at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Fort Worth, Texas.

Rick also went on to marry that high school friend — and he and Robyn have two daughters, Brittany and Bethany. Rick has appeared on “Good Morning America”, “Regis and Kathie Lee”, “20/20”, “Larry King Live” and many other television programs. He has also spoken at Billy Graham crusades.

Jessey and Brittany Vemula

jessey and brittanyOn Sunday, February 1, 2015 Pleasant View will be blessed to host a young couple who are serving as General Baptist missionaries in India.  It is our privilege to introduce Jessey and Brittany Vemula.

Jessey Vemula is from southern India. He was born and raised in a Christian family. His father, Rev. Charles Vemula, was in ministry for 30 years and was able to plant 42 churches before his death in 2013.

Soon after Jessey finished his secular education, he joined Berean Baptist Bible College for theological education when he was 15 years old. He was saved in 2001 and called by God to ministry in July 2002.

Jessy states, “When I responded to God’s call, I realized that it was every Christian’s responsibility to share the good news of Jesus Christ with others. I also felt that God has not only put a great burden in my heart to reach the unreached millions in India but also to plant churches in the most difficult and remote areas where no church has existed before. In the future I would like to start a Biblical Institute where future leaders are raised in the sound doctrine.”

Jessey came to the United States to pursue a Doctorate degree in theological education and met his wife, Brittany, in 2011. Brittany was already involved in children’s ministry and was willing to support his calling and join Jessey in his mission. She has a great calling in her life to work with abandoned children and marginalized women in India.

The Vemulas have returned to India with a mission to evangelize the lost, plant churches, work in the orphanage the family has started, and minister among those trapped in the sex trade suffering with HIV/AIDS and leprosy.

Look here to see how you can help the Vemulas achieve God’s work in India.

Cricket County Cafe – Dinner Theater 2014

cricketcountychristmascafeGranny Taylor is fixin’ to cook up a storm at her famous Christmas supper, and she asks the snooty City Cousins to help. Though such manual labor is clearly beneath them, the only reason they agree is to hear the amendment to rich Uncle Zeke’s will read after the last customer leaves.

Dodging grouchy Granny’s verbal bullets, they bust their britches to get their work done, because money talks — with a Southern twang! But there’s more brewing at the Café than just the coffee.

Country Cousin Fester turning into a cool dude?

Grumpy Granny a wanna-be Snow Queen?

And what’s with Oswald buttering up his boss faster than Granny’s homemade biscuits?

Uncle Zeke’s will reading stops everyone in their tracks. There’s a major attitude shift in the Café as all recognize the folly of their selfish ways and focus on the birth of the baby Jesus. Warm-hearted and inspirational, but still a hoot!

Join us on December 6 and 7 at 6:00 PM  for Christmas at the Cricket County Cafe. Tickets are $5 and benefit our local toy drive.  Call the church for more information.

Don Piper To Speak at Pleasant View Church

Don PiperWe will have Don Piper for our featured speaker during our Harvest Day weekend of October 18 and 19, 2014. Don will speak at 7:00 PM on October 18 and at 10:45 AM on October 19 for our Harvest Day service.  You will not want to miss this!

He has mesmerized and inspired nearly three thousand audiences around the globe since the release of his New York Times best selling book in 2004. Millions have experienced the 90 Minutes in Heaven story in person, on television, radio, and print media. Don Piper has sold over 5 millions copies of his books in 40 languages. His first book, 90 Minutes in Heaven: A True Story of Death and Life, remained on the New York Times best-seller list for nearly four years! This book, from Baker Publishing Group’s Fleming Revell, is widely considered to be a landmark book that has led to a renaissance in the interest of Heaven.

Following his radio and television broadcasting career, Don Piper pursued a calling that he had had on his life since adolescence and became an ordained Christian minister. During his service as a pastor, in fact on his way to church, Don Piper was killed in a horrific car crash in 1989.  A pastor who was on that lonely highway behind him, felt called by God to pray over Don’s dead body and did so for ninety minutes. Others who were told of the accident, but not of Don’s death, also prayed. After an hour and a half, as the pastor prayed over Don’s lifeless body, Don began to sing a song!

90 minutes in heavenDon Piper returned from the gates of Heaven to endure 13 excruciating months of hospitalization, 34 major surgeries, including some never before attempted in the United States, and years of painful therapy and rehabilitation. He now shares his incredible lessons of answered prayer, miracles, overcoming tragedy, pain and loss, and the reality of Heaven. Indeed, each time Don rises to speak, people are astounded that he can even walk onto the platform. But he does and those in attendance are simply not the same after he concludes his presentation.

Around the world Don Piper has shared the story of hope and healing. He’s appeared on NBC’s Today Show, Dateline NBC, ABC’s Nightline, FOX Network’s Sean Hannity’s America, and The O’Reilly Factor. A frequent guest on Trinity Broadcasting’s Praise the Lord and Christian Broadcasting Network’s 700 Club, Don has also appeared on D. James Kennedy’s Coral Ridge Hour, and Life Today with James Robison, among many others programs. He’s also been interviewed by literally hundreds of radio stations, newspapers, and magazines all over the world.

Don has released three additional books: Daily Devotionals: 90 Readings for Hope and Healing in 2006; Heaven Is Real: Lessons on Earthly Joy in 2007; and Getting to Heaven: Departing Instructions For Your Life Now in 2011, all from Penguin-Putnam.

Don Piper is known around the world as, “The Minister of Hope.” He founded Don Piper Ministries, a 501-c3 entity, in 2007, to channel revenues from book sales and speaking income to help over 40 ministries here and abroad.

Don’s home is in Pasadena, Texas. He has been married to the former Eva Pentecost since 1973. They are the parents of three children, a daughter Nicole and twin sons, Chris and Joe. Eva and Don have two grandchildren, Carlee and Will.

He walks today as a result of miraculous and medically unexplainable events. He has inspired millions and if you are led to invite him to share with your event, he will lift your audience to a new level of hope and determination!

I Am Second

Inspiring the Revolution of Second.

On January 12, 2014 Pleasant View issued the 22 day challenge to all in attendance.  A challenge to kick start your spiritual new year but more importantly a challenge to be second!  To discover more read on… to accept the challenge click here

I am Second is a movement meant to inspire people of all kinds to live for God and for others. Actors. Athletes. Musicians. Business leaders. Drug addicts. Your next-door neighbor. People like you. The authentic stories on iamsecond.com provide insight into dealing with typical struggles of everyday living. These are stories that give hope to the lonely and the hurting, help from destructive lifestyles, and inspiration to the unfulfilled. You’ll discover people who’ve tried to go it alone and have failed. Find the hope, peace, and fulfillment they found. Be Second.

Go a step further, talk with the people in your life. Spread the revolution of Second. Share the videos with friends. Gather a group of friends to discuss the films. Start an I am Second group.

I am Second is designed to help people discover their purpose in life. Have you discovered yours?

To find out more about the people and leadership team behind I Am Second you can check out Who We Are.