Community Easter Sunrise Service
Congregations from throughout Southwest Florida will gather at City of Palms Park in downtown Fort Myers Easter Sunday, April 8, to worship and to celebrate the resurrection of Jesus Christ. Doors open at 5:30 a.m. for the Easter Sunrise service, which begins at 6:30 a.m. There is no admission for the service or for parking at City of Palms Park (former Red Sox stadium). Free coffee and pastries also will be served both before and after the service. The inspirational message will be delivered by The Rev. Dr. William L. Glover, senior pastor of Mount Hermon Ministries, Inc., in Fort Myers. Ministers from a dozen area churches participated in the planning of this year’s annual Easter Sunrise service, which has become a tradition in Fort Myers. Supporting the program will be Rev. Gary E. Cox of First Christian Church, Rev. John Q. Daugherty of First Baptist Church of Fort Myers, Rev. David Pleasant of Elevation Ministries, Rev. Paul deJong of First Presbyterian Church of Fort Myers, Rev. Lia Icaza Willetts of First United Methodist Church, Rev. Arlene Jackson of Grace United Methodist Church – Fort Myers Central Campus, Rev. Philip D. Read, II, SSC, of St. Luke’s Episcopal Church, Rev. Jon Zehnder of St. Michael Lutheran Church, Rev. Dr. Israel Suarez of Templo Cristiano El Buen Samaritano, and Rev. Douglas Kelchner of Thomas A. Edison Congregational Church. Additional churches are encouraged to bring their congregations to the service as well, according to organizers. The Community Easter Sunrise Service has been a tradition since the 1950s and has moved over the years from the Fort Myers High School Stadium to Centennial Park to City of Palms Park. This is the 17th year that the service has been conducted at City of Palms Park. Last year, more than 3,000 people attended the service. "We welcome and encourage everyone to join us on Easter Sunday for this community-wide worship service," said Rev. Cox, who is the chairman of this year’s planning committee. "We have room for 7,000 people at City of Palms Park and we'd like to pack the place with people who wish to celebrate the resurrection of Jesus Christ.” Music will be provided by Vocal Artistry with Conductor Joseph Caulkins, an outreach of First Baptist Church of Fort Myers, along with music from a praise team. The service will be inter-denominational. In addition to serving as senior pastor of Mount Hermon Ministries, Inc., Dr. Glover is founder and executive director of Glove Ministries International, a network of ministries and medical personnel committed to engaging people of faith in missions. Having ministered in seven countries on 17 international trips, Dr. Glover has assembled ministry and medical teams that have seen thousands of souls saved and thousands more receive desperately needed medical care. He also serves his community as co-president of LIFE (Lee Interfaith for Empowerment), vice-chair of The 21st Century Collaboration, chairperson of the Community Health Services Committee, and member of the Lee Memorial Health System Envisioning Committee. Dr. Glover earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Bible and Theology from Southeastern University, a Master of Arts degree in Religion from Florida State University, a Master of Education degree in counseling from Florida A&M University, and his Doctor of Ministry degree in Theology from Life Christian University. Dr. Glover and his wife, Cheryl, have four children and live in Fort Myers. For more information about the Community Easter Sunrise Service, call (239) 334-0316 or visit www.cityofpalmssunrise.org.
City of Palms Park
2201 Edison Avenue, Fort Myers, FL 33901