Mississippi Gov. Tate Reeves impressed by massive crowd attending evangelistic crusade led by Rick Gage outside Jackson


JACKSON, Miss. — Gov. Tate Reeves has taken note of evangelist Rick Gage’s latest crusade, which drew standing-room-only crowds in Mississippi last week.

Reeves posted a crowd shot from the crusade on the social media platform X, formerly known as Twitter, showing people crowded shoulder to shoulder in an open-air amphitheater.

Some 17,000 people attended the crusade over four nights, building to a crescendo of 10,000 on the final night. More than 2,000 people made decisions for Christ, including nearly 1,400 who made first-time salvation decisions.

“We saw an incredible move of God throughout the whole campaign,” Gage said. “Anyone who says evangelistic outreach events don’t work anymore just needs to talk to the folks in central Mississippi.”

In Reeves’ social media post, he shared an eye-catching photo that could capture only a portion of the people who attended.

“This isn’t a photo from a concert or a party,” the governor wrote. “This is from a revival event that happened a few nights ago right here in Mississippi. God is working here, and He has truly blessed us!”

The Jackson-area event was the second in as many months for Gage, who is known as the “small-town Billy Graham” for his ministry that leads crusades in places that most evangelists fly over enroute to big cities.

Gage wrapped up a four-day event in Baxley, Georgia on September 21. Some 10,000 people attended that event with more than 1,600 making commitments to Christ.