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Rev Run to Preach at Fellowship Church in Grapevine

Rev Run, aka Joseph Simmons
Rev Run, aka Joseph Simmons

Two months after hosting Soul Surfer’s Bethany Hamilton, Fellowship Church in Grapevine is bringing in another big-name guest speaker: Rev Run, founding member of the influential hip-hop group Run-D.M.C. (and, yes, a practicing minister). It’s part of a new series led by Ed Young, founding pastor of Fellowship, a local megachurch. (Full disclosure: I’m a member.)

The two initially connected via Twitter (@RevRunWisdom, @edyoung), after re-tweeting things the other had posted. “He’s an amazing guy, and we thought it would be a great way to get his life-change story out there,” Young said.

The series, called “Run to the House” (a play on The Rev’s MTV reality show, Run’s House), kicks off this weekend. According to Young, it will have a family-focused theme: “It’s about how the house is the church of God, and that when we run to the house, we know how to run our house.”

Fellowship Church's Ed Young
Fellowship Church's Ed Young

Rev Run, whose real name is Joseph Simmons (he’s the younger brother of Russell Simmons, co-founder of Def Jam Records and the creator of Phat Farm and other clothing lines), will speak with Young in Grapevine and Miami. (UPDATE: He will speak at the Oct. 22-23 services in Grapevine and Oct. 23 services in Miami.) Along with its home base, Fellowship has campuses in downtown Dallas, Plano, Fort Worth, and Miami. Simmons will be joined by his wife, Justine, with whom he wrote the book, Take Back Your Family: A Challenge to America’s Parents.

The Rev will be giving away signed pairs of sneakers (Adidas, of course), and likely will do some freestyle rapping–maybe even getting into a little battle with Young. The services also will feature special music. “We’ve written original hip hop songs about the family that are absolutely hilarious, but very deep, lyrically,” Young said.

Hamilton–the 21-year-old surfer whose story of returning to the sport after losing her left arm in a shark attack is the basis for the movie Soul Surfer–attracted a record-breaking 26,000 people to Fellowship’s Grapevine campus in August. Big crowds are expected for Rev Run, too. The service also will be available online beginning Oct. 24.

  • Jennifer

    Who’s house? Run’s House! I love that I can say that and people get the connection. Everyone is all over this! It’s so cool for Fellowship Church to open up the doors to THE HOUSE with two iconic figures bringing it, Ed Young and Rev Run. This is going to be the coolest event of the year! It’s gonna be TRICKY!

  • Carter

    This series is going to be amazing!  I love that our church focuses on the people that usually won’t give church a chance. Come check it out, you won’t regret it. 

  • C

    Listen, there’s a rapper whose name is Rev Run
    He teaming up with a pastor they called Ed Young.
    So invite yo neighbor, and invite yo spouse
    for a brand new series we’re calling “Run to the House”

  • Tina

    Remember rap group Run DMC? Remember Run’s House on TV? Want to hear how Rev Run’s life has evolved and changed? Then RUN TO THE HOUSE starts this weekend at FELLOWSHIP CHURCH!

  • Dianna

    This is such an amazing and Creative Church! I love being apart of a Church Culture that extends it’s reach to people of all ages and culture. So excited to kick- off the series, Run to the House starting this weekend at Fellowship Church! Can’t wait to experience the life change!

  • sla89

    This is going to be so cool. I can’t wait to be at Fellowship Church for this one.

  • James

    Nothing about this post or it’s comments read as real. Frontburner should really label its sponsored content.

  • Shepdawg

    This is awesome! I can’t wait to see my boy rev run! I loved RunDMC growing up!

  • Liz

    So excited to be a part of a church that doesn’t hold back and is creative about how to reach out to those who don’t know anything about God. This is going to be awesome!

  • Mathew

    Can’t believe Rev Run is going to be at Fellowship Church! Incredible!

  • Marla Mulvany

    I have been a member since 2004. You don’t need to be “bored to tears at church” as someone i know said this week. Please join us. Dress up or down…or wear your gym clothes as I did one day. No one will care. I never know what Ed Young and his creative team are going to think of doing next. I do know it will be based on the Bible, the word of God.

  • Geneva Murphy

    I moved to Dallas 1 yr ago & continued to drive to my church in Red Oak. God began dealing with me about Dallas being my community. I got up one morning, got ready for church & at the last minute decided this was the day to go somewhere in Dallas. The only church I remotely thought of going was a church I had noticed behind a Loft complex I had checked out. Not knowing anything about it except the name, I did a quick search online & discovered Ed Young was the pastor. In the past few years people had mentioned this church & knowing me, they were confident I would love it! The pieces fit so I decided to check it out.
    The first morning I went was extremely bitter/sweet & tearful. Have to be honest! I loved, loved, loved my home church in Red Oak, but I have to be obedient to my Father God! I was blown away at the Downtown location & immediately everyone made me feel extremely welcome. Mavs watch parties helped me meet many people & learn the culture of FC. Being heavily involved in ministry for many years is driving me to meet with one of the campus pastors in the next couple of weeks to find my niche. My daughter & son in law are pastors & they highly edified Ed as being awesome & unconventional.
    I have followed @RevRunWisdom on Twitter for quite some time & admire, respect & value his input. This will be another phenomenal series.
    Whether you come for Rev Run, or need a home church, let me assure you…..this is the place! FC Downtown rocks!

  • Something to this

    It’s time to see what is going on at Fellowship Church. This church sounds different than what I am used to

  • Karl

    This is a joke right? The comments sound like they were all written by the same nutjob, trying extemely hard to get new recruits over to the Fellowship cult.

    Don’t walk, Run as far away from this place as you can.

  • GMan

    It’s people like the commenters on this post that make me glad I’m not a blindly-follow-the-leader, incapable-of-independent-thought, made-up-ghost-deity-following Christian.

  • Clancy

    Rev Run AND Ed Young in the same place at the same time?! Two insanely creative people bringing it at one time! Definitely not gunna miss this weekend!!

  • Shellis

    Can not wait for next weekend! So proud to be apart of a church as cool, creative, and life changing as fellowship church. As for myself, I’m running to SERVE the house next weekend! Would love if y’all joined the family here at FC Because that’s truly what it is, a HUGE church with a close FAMILY feeling!

  • Andy

    Karl and ‘ts’ – These comments aren’t from the same person…they’re from people at the church whose lives have been radically changed by a real, meaningful and influential relationship with Christ. Give it a chance. Don’t just hate, investigate! Check it out yourself and then make your statements. I’ll pick you up next weekend myself if you’re up for it!

  • Andy

    GMan, you too! I’ll pick you up on my way…just let me know!

  • Karl

    Hey Andy – thanks for the invite. You can pick me up in Unpleasant Grove about 4:30 a.m. I’m the guy with the mouth full of gold teeth. By the way, don’t forget to bring a lot of cash for the offering.

  • Sport

    Keep drinking the koolaid fools.

  • Andy

    Karl – If you’re serious about coming to church, I’ll be happy to meet you anywhere and anytime to bring you. Sarcasm won’t do any good. Trust me, I can be as sarcastic as anyone. I used to be like you, too. But hate only breeds hate. I’m over all that now. Let me know when you’re ready to get over it too.

  • Karl

    Don’t worry Andy – I forgive you – My beef is with your imaginary friend.

  • McCrevis

    McChurches – especially ones with allegedly cool and hip pastors – scare me.

  • Daniel

    I love the fact that FC changed to reach me and has continued to change to reach the next!! Keep changing!

  • John

    This is how Ed works. Keep on bringing in “Superstars”, to keep the masses entertained…then preach a sermon on giving money and how you’ll be cursed if you don’t. There are many better churches in the area please don’t waste your time here.

    Also, it seems half of the Fellowship Church staff have commented on here.

  • Rat Davis

    If Mike Judge were to make a sequel to Idiocracy, would he include a church in it? If so, this might be a great candidate!

  • RW

    whoa. I am definitely back in texas.

  • JB

    All these breathless comments seem so, so……….choreographed

  • Karl

    Thought seriously about stopping by for the Rev Run show. Then I watched the premier of The Walking Dead – don’t have to drive to Grapevine to see zombies – yay!!!

  • ts

    @JB: Nail to head. Pass the virtual collection plate down the aisle please.

  • AK

    Are these comments really from different people?! They all say the practically the same thing.

  • Gayle

    I never heard of Rev Run or Run-D.M.C. before the announcement was made that he’ll be at FC, but he seems cool! I can’t wait to see my Pastor take it to a HNL!!!! Hope to see you there at 6:00PM-Saturday, 10 and 11:26AM-Sunday 🙂

  • LG

    FC – It’s a fantastic church and all of the “haters” above are missing out on something truly amazing that they just can’t comprehend.

  • Gmaids

    Wow FC is always innovating! This is going to be a blast. Thanks Pastor Ed! our dallas maids service has been blessed through the teachings at Fellowship Church!

  • Nameless

    I love Rock and Roll Jesus it’s the best! And that pastor Ed sure is dreamy!