Faith-Based Ministry - Reaching Out to Prisons
Bro. Eddie was saved on August 11, 1963 in Greebrier, AR. He surrendered to the ministry in 1974 at Macedonia Baptist Church in Greenbrier.
He began his college studies at Central Baptist College in Conway, AR. Later he transferred to Memphis, TN, where he attended Mid America University and Tri-State Baptist College, where he received his Bachelor of Bible degree. He completed his Master's Degree at Louisiana Baptist University in Shreveport, LA.
In 1979, he married his wife - Joy Drewett (daughter of the Tommy Drewett Family). In 1990, their son David was born.
The family has started two churches, Lighthouse Baptist Church in Biloxi, MS and Bible Baptist Church in Conway, AR.
Since June 2001, the family has traveled in full-time evangelism with Bro. Eddie preaching the Word and the family presenting a message in song.
Bro. Eddie and Joy are members of the Hattieville Bapt. Church in Hattieville, AR.
They are currently in 17 prison units in Arkansas and 1 in Texarkana, TX.
Inmates as young as 15 may never walk outside the prison gates. "Those kids are at the age where they're making decisions, whether they're going be gang members or get involved with drugs."
In hopes of reaching the youth before it's too late, Eddie first reached out to Resource Officer Pat Swain at Quitman High, speaking to students about the reality of prison.
Kelso is now traveling to other schools, speaking about anger, alcohol and drugs- some of the many things affecting teens today.
"I was really glad for that because kids need to know there's a consequence for what they do wrong," said Swain. "He's heroic for taking his time to talk to kids. We didn't pay him; we didn't have the money to pay him. Eddie's commitment to reach the youth isn't at all about financial gain for him, it's about saving lives from prison. It's a battle he said he's willing to fight until the end.
"I just don't want to see another kid 15-years-old incarcerated in an adult prison, concluded Kelso. Or, me having to put my arm around him and say `Son, it's gonna be alright.' when I know in my heart it ain't gonna be alright."
Another Link to Eddie's Interview on Channell 11 - "My Hometown Hero"
God's Plan of Salvation
You Are a Sinner..."For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God." (Romans 3:23)
The Penalty For Sin Is Eternal Death ... "For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord. (Romans 6: 23)
Jesus Christ Has Already Paid the Penalty For Your Sins.."For Christ also hath once suffered for sins, the just for the unjust, that He might bring us to God, being put to death in the flesh, but quickened by the Spirit." (I Peter 3:18)
Your Works Cannot Save You... "For by grace are you saved, through faith;and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast." (Ephesians 2:8 -9)
Receiving the Lord Jesus Christ As Your Own Personal Savior and Sin Substitute by Calling Upon Him and Asking Him to Save You.. "For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord, shall be saved." (Romans 10:13)
"Remember them that are in bonds, as bound with them;
and them which suffer adversity." Hebrews 13:3
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