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Spiritual Renewal Week

February 17 - 19, 2020

Choose Hope

East Texas Baptist University will host a series of events for Spiritual Renewal Week on Monday, February 17 through Wednesday, February 19. The event will consist of Chapel services and nightly worship.

Todd Kaunitz
Todd Kaunitz
Guest Speaker

Todd currently serves as a Lead Pastor for one of East Texas’ fastest growing churches, New Beginnings Baptist Church (NBBC), located in Longview. Since his arrival in 2010 NBBC has grown from an average of 450 in weekly worship attendance into two campuses with more than 2,000. A graduate of East Texas Baptist University, Todd and his wife Adrian have three children: Makenna, Noah, and Micah.

Ryan Fontenot
Ryan Fontenot
Guest Speaker

Ryan is the Founder and Lead Communicator for R.A.G.E. Ministries.  R.A.G.E. (Reaching A Generation Endangered) exists to proclaim the Gospel of Jesus and to prepare the next generation to do the same.

Since 2003, Ryan has spoken to hundreds of thousands across North America and around the globe. With a gift of passionate and creative preaching, God is using Ryan to point this generation to Jesus.

Ryan lives in Fort Worth, Texas and is married to his high-school sweetheart, Heather. Together they have three children: Elyn, Inly and Tru.

Spiritual Renewal Week
Monday, February 17, 2020
Chapel & Guest Speaker Todd Kaunitz
Worship Service & Guest Speaker Todd Kaunitz
Tuesday, February 18, 2020
Worship Service & Guest Speaker Ryan Fontenot
Wednesday, February 19, 2020
Chapel & Guest Speaker Ryan Fontenot

Musical Guests

Alive By Sunrise

Alive By Sunrise was founded in 2012 in northern Louisiana by singer and front man, Cameron Theodos. After bringing on members from church and school, ABS began to spread outside of their church walls to explore what God had in store for their musical career. After their formation while still in high school, the band went on to record side projects to grow and reach audiences throughout the southern states from 2012 to 2014. After 2 years of writing and touring across the United States, the band connected and teamed up with Underoath and former Paramore drummer, Aaron Gillespie.

In November of 2015, Alive By Sunrise and Aaron Gillespie wrote and recorded their current EP, Wanted Man, at Soundcave Studios in Salt Lake City. Their record embraces an alternative southern-rock style influenced from artists such as Chris Stapleton, NEEDTOBREATHE and Switchfoot. Their current sound embraces a writing style that people of all backgrounds can enjoy that stays true to the band’s southern roots and influences. Apart from writing and touring on original music, ABS enjoys playing and leading worship at conferences and camps throughout the United States.

The band has since released an independent worship album recorded live at Camp Fuego in their home state of Louisiana. The release of their worship album has taken them across the lower 48 states spreading the message of hope and love to anyone willing to listen. Whether it be conferences, camps, or churches big and small, there hasn't been a place they've turned down to share the good news. Up to today, the band continues to tour, write, and release music based on their experiences through life, faith, love, and hope.

Contact Information

Name/Title Division Phone
Dr. Scott Stevens
Dean, Spiritual Life
Assistant Professor
Director, Master of Arts in Religion and Master of Arts in Christian Ministry
Student Life 903.923.2178 Send Message View Bio