On the afternoon of October 20, cars, vans, SUVs, and trucks jammed the road running alongside the lake pictured in the photo running on top of many pages in the site. People had come to see fourteen students baptized by Pastor Richar Perez, Laurelbrook's campus chaplain, the result of the Fall Week of Prayer led by Nathan Polk, a theology student from Weimar College in California.
The service began with a song service led by Sarah Carpenter, a 2018 Laurelbrook graduate. The 14 baptismal candidates were then baptized in the lake with clouds hanging overhead and Laurelbrook's drone, piloted by staff member Scott Sterling, hovering overhead taking pictures for a live Internet feed. The candidates were baptized in groups of two. Prayer was first offered for the two collectively and then each candidate was baptized separately.
Tomorrow many of these newly baptized members will have a chance to put their new vows into practice as they head to Florida for hurricane relief work.