OXFORD – Oxford Baptist Church hosted its 17th annual Biker Sunday June 14. Fifteen motorcycle riders and several cars gathered at Salem City Park before the service to make the ride to church together. Nearly 40 bikers attended the morning worship service and the fellowship lunch that followed.
Warner Allen, a traveling evangelist who has been a part of the church’s biker ministry since its formation, was the guest speaker. His message, “Where art Thou,” was taken from Genesis 3.
“Allen brought a stirring message,” said Michael Conyers, pastor of Oxford Baptist. “He reminded us that regardless of who we are or what walk of life we are from, there is only one way to be saved – Jesus Christ. The weather prevented many from attending, … but there was still a sweet spirit.”
Janet and Ronnie Yancey, a husband and wife duo and members of Oxford Baptist, came up with the idea for their church to have Biker Sunday. With help and support from Allen, Conyers and their church family, the couple has continued to coordinate the event every year since, encouraging their fellow members to “get outside the church doors.”
While most of the bikers who attend are from other areas and churches, Janet Yancey believes that the bond of Christian brotherhood brings unity to the group.
“(They are) some of the greatest people you will ever meet in your life,” she said. “You know (all Christians) are brothers and sisters in Christ, but they are truly brothers and sisters. … In this day in age, (that is) rare.”
Oxford Baptist hopes to expand their biker ministry in the future by initiating a fall mission trip, said Conyers. Because veteran bikers make up the majority of attendees, the church also wants to develop outreach strategies to get younger riders involved.
“We are planning an overnight ride to a mission field, yet to be determined, (to) perform a variety of ministries focused primarily on evangelism,” explained Conyers. “We have a desire to partner with Allen and the biker ministry to reach out to folks often overlooked or neglected.”