A group of "Mighty Men" have formed in southern Lancaster County but these men don't lift weights - they lift spirits through their testimony.

Rob Sturgill, a 1988 Solanco High School graduate and member of Wesley United Methodist Church, has helped to form "Mighty Men," a Christian ministry for men whose mission is "to challenge, inspire and encourage the men to become warriors like Christ in every area of life."

Sturgill said he believes it was "God's idea, God's vision," to start something for men in the southern end.

"It was always in the back of my mind that we need that," said Sturgill, who attended an event for men at Memorial United Methodist Church a few years ago. "It's time for men to step up to the plate."

With the help of his cousin Brett Rush, pastor of Shiloh Tabernacle in Quarryville, Ben Foley, who is about to graduate from college, and Ken Walton, a member of Wesley UM Church, the group is organizing a night for men similar to the women's group Sisters in Christ.

Sturgill served for two years on the board of directors for the Witness Christian Music Festival and the Quarryville CommUnity Day committee.

"I just felt God was preparing me and giving me the skills I needed to organize an event," he said.

The event, titled "Mighty Men: Brothers in Christ," will be held in the multi-purpose room shared by Clermont Elementary and Swift Middle schools on Friday, May 5. Although they're not sure of the time yet, it will probably be held around 7 p.m.

"I want all men to come and feel there's not a label attached to it," said Sturgill, who will be giving his testimony about when he was involved with drugs, alcohol and crime from the time he was 13 until he turned 23.

The evening will be similar to the one Sisters in Christ hosts every year in that there will be speakers giving their testimony to how Christ changed their lives, music by a praise band and worship. Brett Rush and the Shiloh Praise Team will be performing at the event.

The group got the name "Mighty Men" from the book of Samuel in the Old Testament where Sturgill said it talks about "mighty warriors under King David."

After facing his fourth drunk driving charge and the possibility of doing jail time, Sturgill said his life was filled with loneliness and despair, but after going to rehab, God changed his life.

"God released himself to my heart - I just have a heart to serve him," said Sturgill, who spoke at one of Shiloh's churches in North Carolina last Sunday.

Sturgill and his wife Lauren, also a 1988 Solanco graduate, live in Drumore and have three children: Ethan, 9, Sydney, 7, and Mallory, 3.

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