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BikerFest - sermon

Description

In this clip, Pastor Fred Zariczny, the founder of the Bikers For Christ Motorcycle Ministry, delivers a sermon at BikerFest, a multi-day worship and fellowship event at the Rushing Wind Biker Church in Zanesville, Ohio. Within a large, striped tent by Interstate 70 East, Zariczny mixes humor with a message about redemption and God’s grace and love. The rumbling of passing cars and trucks occasionally drowns out his words. The stated purpose of Bikers For Christ (BFC) is to “bring the good news of salvation through Jesus Christ to motorcycle club members, veterans, independent motorcyclists, and any others who may not fit into the ‘norm of society,’ and to minister to everyone and anyone else to whom God leads us.”

BFC is part of a growing evangelical Christian effort to “meet people where they are”: Ministry and outreach occur in the places where people spend their work and leisure time, and are tailored to specific demographics, often through integration with local culture and ambiance. BFC members wear leather vests and jackets with Christian patches, have Christian tattoos, and use their motorcycles to travel and evangelize, often to bikers with troubled pasts. The Zanesville Rushing Wind Biker Church is closely affiliated with Bikers For Christ. This clip is also used in the ARSP Gallery exhibit “Mobile Ministry.” (Lauren Pond)

Event
BikerFest - sermon
Community
Rushing Wind Biker Church
Location
Rushing Wind Biker Church
City / State
Zanesville, OH
Recordist
Lauren Pond
Recorded On
2015-06-13
Religious Tradition
Christian (Protestant)
Language
English
Types of Sounds
ambient, festival, laughing, preaching/speeches, single voice, speaking
Types of Space
house of worship, outdoors
Research Team
Ohio State
Season
summer
Day of Week
Saturday
Time of Day
afternoon
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Pastor Fred Zariczny, founder of the Bikers For Christ motorcycle ministry, preaches during the 2015 BikerFest event at the Rushing Wind Biker Church in Zanesville, OH. Photo by Lauren Pond.
BikerFest - sermon
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