A Kansas City Chiefs linebacker will be speaking at the Silver Moon Full Gospel Church, three miles south of Diamond on Highway 59, at 6 p.m. Sunday. The public is invited to attend.
KC Chiefs linebacker Caleb Campbell is also a lieutenant in the U.S. Army and was drafted in the seventh round of the 2008 NFL draft.
“We wanted to hear his testimony and I think that it will be good for our kids to hear him,” Silver Moon Full Gospel Church pastor Philip Barber said. “And to encourage our young people and anybody to purse their dreams and goals. He is going to talk about how the Lord has helped him try to follow his dreams of playing ball. He went to West Point, he played with the Army, and when he served his time, and was trying for a pro career, the Army called him back into the service. So that delayed his career and set back his dreams. So he has got the opportunity to play ball for the Chiefs and he is going to talk about what his goals and dreams are.”
On July 28, 2008, Campbell agreed to terms on a three-year contract with the Detroit Lions. However, he did not have a chance to sign the contract and the following day, the Army ordered him to serve his military service time, preventing him from playing football until at least 2010. After two years of active service, Campbell re-signed with the Lions and on April 2010, was added to the active roster. He was released by the Lions on Sept. 5, 2010, and signed by the Chiefs in November 2011, where he is a strong prospect to make the active roster for the upcoming football season.
According to a prepared statement released by the church, “this story of emotional ups and downs led Campbell to a life-changing encounter with Jesus Christ. He willingly and joyfully shares his testimony with churches and groups across the nation. As he works to build an NFL career, his desire is to share the love of Christ. His testimony is an inspiration to all who hear him.”
This is the first time that Campbell has spoke at the local church.
“But he spoke recently at a youth camp in Oklahoma. My wife heard him and said he was a wonderful young man, very humble,” Barber said. “He is just a kind young man and everybody enjoyed him.”
Also during the upcoming event, Cody Sparks, a recent graduate of The New Life School of Worship, Colorado Springs, Colo., an accomplished musician and songwriter, has put together a band that perform contemporary Christian music. The band consists of Sparks younger brother, Seth, and Kalynn Samples and Stephen Medina.
The event is free and open to the public, and a love offering will be taken.
Page 2 of 2 - “We are looking forward to it, we really are,” Barber said.