What Is Evangelism And Why Is It Important?

Evangelism is spreading the good news to every living creature. The purpose is so others will know, too, and believe — and in that believing also receive eternal life. When we bring the Gospel to someone, we plant the seed, we water it, but it is God that gives the increase (1 Corinthians 3:6).

Jesus came so that we may have life more abundantly (John 10:10). Jesus wants everyone to know this truth so they, too, can be part of God’s holy kingdom. He wants everyone to come to repentance and desires that none should perish (2 Peter 3:9).

Throughout the scriptures, we are given directives to evangelize. In Matthew 28:19-20, Jesus tells us, “Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.” In other verses, the same thing is repeated: Matthew 9:37-38, Matthew 10:7-14, Matthew 12:30, Luke 19:10, and Luke 12:8, to name a few.

By spreading the Word to all we meet, we are doing the will of the Father and the Son, as we are guided by the Holy Spirit. At Marrtown Road church of Christ, we support two Evangelists, though we do not discourage any man in the congregation from preaching, as he is able.

Meet Our Evangelists


Randy Yerby

Randy has been blessed to preach with the Marrtown Road congregation for 21 years (starting in January of 2001) and preached for three other congregations (Norwalk church of Christ, Lorain Ave church of Christ, and Brown St. church of Christ) in the 9 years before that. He has a BBA in accounting from Cleveland State University.


Victor Casenelli

Victor has been preaching the gospel at Marrtown Road church of Christ since August of 2021. He has been learning to preach the gospel under the instruction of Randy Yerby in the manner of Timothy and Paul, as a “son in the faith” from 1 Timothy 1:2. Before that, he preached sporadically at various times in several churches of Christ in the Mid-Ohio Valley. Before becoming a full-time preacher, he was a registered nurse and worked in various roles in the Parkersburg and Marietta areas.