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Sixth annual football kickoff dinner tonight

Posted on 8/15/2016, 10:45 PM

MARION — The nearly 400 coaches, players and cheerleaders from the four Williamson County football and cheerleading squads will come together Tuesday at 7 p.m. at Community of Faith Church for the sixth annual Williamson County Fall Football Kickoff.

The Carterville Lions, Herrin Tigers, Johnston City Indians and Marion Wildcats will once again meet to celebrate the opening of their 2016 seasons.

The event is being hosted by Community of Faith Church BBQ Heroes Cooking Team on the campus of Community of Faith Church in partnership with Southern Illinois FCA. The evening will feature the BBQ Heroes Champions meal with apple wood smoked pulled pork and beef brisket, along with the team’s macaroni and cheese and all the other trimmings that go with a Southern BBQ feast for champions.

Speakers will be Roger Lipe and Scott Pilkington.

Lipe is the Southern Illinois University football team chaplain and the Midwest Region International Coordinator for the Fellowship of Christian Athletes. The Midwest Region includes the states of Illinois, Iowa, Nebraska, Kansas, and Missouri. In addition to this role, he is the Campus Director for Saluki FCA at SIU. He also serves the Midwest Region in developing sports chaplaincy ministries.

Lipe has served as chaplain to several of the athletic teams at SIU since 1994 and has also served as chaplain to the Southern Illinois Miners since 2012. Lipe previously served as the Field Representative for the Fellowship of Christian Athletes in the 26 southernmost counties of Illinois for 21 years.

Pilkington serves as pastor of First Christian Church in Eldorado, and he served as Senior Pastor of New Life Church of God in Orlando, Florida for the previous16 years.  A graduate of Union University in Jackson, Tennessee, where he played college baseball, Pilkington taught school in Tampa before going into full-time ministry with his first church in Fort Myers in 1993. He has spent much of his past 20 summers speaking at various FCA camps and other functions.