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Faith-based conference pursues revival

Tammy Malgesini

East Oregonian

Published on January 11, 2018 4:09PM

People of all ages were moved by the spirit of God during a past Pursuit Conference at the Hermiston Assembly of God Church. This year’s event is Jan. 19-20.

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People of all ages were moved by the spirit of God during a past Pursuit Conference at the Hermiston Assembly of God Church. This year’s event is Jan. 19-20.


Live music, top-notch performances and inspirational speakers are featured during a faith-based conference in Hermiston.

In its sixth year, the focus of the event is “Revival in Now.” Pursuit Conference 2018 is Friday, Jan. 19 at 7 p.m. and Saturday, Jan. 20 with sessions at 10 a.m., 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. The event is being held at the Hermiston Assembly of God Church, 730 E. Hurlburt Ave. There is no admission charge.

Rev. Terry Haight said the event sprouted at the urging of his son, Clayton, who was a junior in high school at the time, and some of his buddies. The teens, Haight said, were wanting events that were geared more towards the younger generations.

Despite the initial focus, Haight said the conference continues to draw people of all ages who are hungering for more. People are interested in a deeper connection with their faith, he said, and are looking for additional ways to worship God beyond attending church and being good people.

“The name of the conference came from the idea of pursuing God,” Haight said.

Among the special guests are Jeremy Johnson, lead pastor with Fearless LA, a ministry in southern California; Jesse Rodriguez of Together Church in Yakima; Derek Johnson of Jesus Culture, a community of worship leaders and musicians based around Sacramento, California; Vladimir Savchuk of Good News Church and Hungry Generation in Pasco; and Austin Molt of New Vintage Church of Tri-Cities.

A number of the special guests have participated in previous Pursuit conferences, Haight said. The goal, he said, is to bring in dynamic speakers and musicians that can help in furthering the kingdom of God.

Haight, too, enjoys taking a seat in the audience and gaining inspiration from the session leaders.

“I’m looking for answers,” he said. “I want to hear what God has to say through people as they share their gifts.”

In addition to the regular Pursuit activities, Johnson will lead a Conference Sunday event Jan. 21 at 10:30 a.m. A taco truck lunch will be available following the service.

For those unable to attend, the sessions will be available on livestream. For more information, visit www.pursuitconf.com, www.facebook.com/pursuitconf or call 541-567-5831.

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Contact Community Editor Tammy Malgesini at tmalgesini@eastoregonian.com or 541-564-4539



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