By Anja Rosales
Worship, messages and praise will all come together Monday night.
Baylor quarterback Bryce Petty will be joined by singer/songwriter Matt Wertz and speakers Joe White and Dave Barnes at 8 p.m. Monday in the Ferrell Center with After Dark, locally known as Crossroads. The event is sponsored by Baylor Athletics and Spiritual Life.
After Dark is an event that travels to different college campuses for a free, one-night event where music and message meet. Because there is an annual show at Baylor already called After Dark, this event is taking on the name of Crossroads.
Denver sophomore Haley Pierson and New Orleans sophomore Kathryn Copp are responsible for bringing the event to Baylor. Copp and Pierson said they are excited to have Petty share his story at the event.
Although Petty is used to playing in front of thousands of people, he said he is a little nervous to speak in front of a large crowd on Monday night.
“I start sweating just thinking about it,” Petty said. “But I know I’m doing it to give God glory. I’m sure I’ll come off the stage not knowing a word I said or wondering how bad I stuttered, but at the end of the day if one person hears the word of God from my mouth, it makes all the nerves worth it.”
Petty said he is excited to give people a different look at who he is.
“A lot of people only know me only because I am the quarterback, which is fine,” Petty said. “But there is a lot more to me than just what I do on the field. It will be cool to share just how minuscule football really is in the grand scheme of things.”
Petty said he wants to give the perspective that there is more to life than sports, school, friends and agendas.
“God is and should be the number one priority in our lives,” Petty said.
Copp and Pierson saw the opportunity to bring Crossroads to Baylor after attending an interest meeting in Missouri at Kanakuk Kamps where they worked as counselors last summer. The two attended a leadership summit where they received more information on the event and knowledge on how to bring it to Baylor.
Copp said this week leading up to the event relied heavily on getting students excited for the event. Pierson and Copp have done things such as changing their profile pictures on social media sites and scheduling flash mobs. Shirts are also being sold in the Bill Daniel Student Center for $5. Copp said they had scheduled to bring live camels to campus so students can take pictures with them on Wednesday in honor of hump day, but the weather did not permit them to do so. There were puppies on Thursday in the SUB for students to play with while learning about the event.
“We are just doing random things to make the anticipation of the event fun and interesting,” Copp said.
Pierson said the fact that the event is coming to Baylor is an act of God as well as the way everything has fallen into place.
“We have just been so blessed the way things have worked out for us,” Pierson said. “The resources and help that has been provided to us has been such a blessing.”