St. Louis Man Stepping Out in Faith for ‘My Hope’ Easter Event

By   •   April 14, 2014

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Joe Gallaher is a self-described introvert.

The husband, father of five and construction company project manager from St. Louis would rather quietly work in his garden or take a solitary hike than speak in front of a crowd.

“I’m not an accomplished evangelist,” Joe is quick to point out. “I’m a layperson.”

So it’s safe to say he is out of his comfort zone as he prepares to host a My Hope event at a 590-seat auditorium on Tuesday.

“It’s funny how God works,” Joe said. “We don’t know how many ushers we’re going to have. We don’t know how many counselors we’re going to have…and we don’t know how many people are gonna show up. But other than that, we’ve got it covered.”

By stepping out in faith, Joe is joining believers around the country who are sharing the Gospel this Easter season with friends and neighbors who don’t have a relationship with Jesus.

The My Hope videos watched by millions last fall will be available on DVD, on the web and on dozens of television stations including TBN, starting April 14.

For Joe, My Hope has been an exercise in trust—one that began last year when he read about the evangelistic outreach coming to the U.S.

“I would always read about how it was going on in different countries,” Joe said. “I guess I kind of made a vow, in a sense, that when it came to America I was going to participate.”

Joe expected five to eight neighbors to attend the men’s My Hope event he planned last November at his home. He offered a cooler full of soft drinks, a fire pit (since “guys like fire”) and a willingness to be used by the Lord.

To Joe’s surprise, 16 men showed up. Each one watched “The Cross,” which presents the message of salvation through Billy Graham’s preaching and the true stories of rapper Lecrae and singer Lacey Sturm.

“I came away with the knowledge that everyone heard the Gospel message,” Joe said. “And who can share that better than Dr. Billy Graham?”

It was also back in the fall when an unusual thought popped into Joe’s head while he was driving.

“I kind of had the whole idea flash in front of my mind in an instant,” he said. “I was imagining a theater of people watching the My Hope videos, having my church choir there singing hymns and someone giving the invitation. It just seemed like that was the thing I needed to do.

Fast-forward to today, and that flashbulb idea is about to be a reality.

It’s taken a lot of planning and a whole lot of prayer, but with the help of a dedicated group of believers, a large-scale My Hope Easter event will be held April 15 in St. Louis.

Just as Joe pictured, there will be a choir and two My Hope videos shown—“The Cross” and “Defining Moments.”

There will also be a speaker—George McGovern, chaplain for the New York Giants and the New York Yankees. And a Billy Graham Evangelistic Assoc. staff member will give an invitation to accept Christ.

Quite the event for a guy who left his comfort zone in the dust.

“I didn’t have a road map or a plan at all,” Joe said. “It’s just so important to pray about it and so important to get a team of godly and righteous people.”

He can’t say enough about the friends and neighbors from various St. Louis churches that have rallied around the My Hope concept. They helped spread the word via radio ads, a newspaper insert and word of mouth. Now they’re praying together for salvation to come to that auditorium Tuesday night.

“I just keep praying that people are going be moved by the Holy Spirit,” Joe said. “And I keep thinking when people see “Defining Moments” on a big screen, it’s going to be so powerful. The way Dr. Graham preaches—it’s just laced with love.”

As far as his own role in the event, Joe says he has certainly been stretched—and stressed—at times. But he wouldn’t change a thing.

“I would say anybody who prays about this and feels like God wants to use them in this way should step out in faith,” Joe said. “And God will take them on a wonderful journey.”

It’s not too late to get involved. Click here to learn more about sharing the hope of Christ through My Hope this Easter.

Joe Gallaher and group
Joe Gallaher (far left) meets with the multi-denominational group of men that held the Nov., 2013 My Hope event at Joe’s home in St. Louis.

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  1. michael seme says:


  2. Debbie says:

    I am most thankful for God’s sacrifice on Good Friday to save his people from sin and death. Satan and no one can undo what Christ did at the Cross…It is finished and what a glorious sacrifice and new life for all who believe. We who are in him have been given truth. Ephesians 1:13 says You were marked in him with a seal, the promised Holy Spirit who is a deposit.

  3. Nahshson Moturi says:

    I request for Prayers for the Power of Holy Spirit, to be able to support a newly started SDA church to know the Way, the Truth and the Life. God has a good purpose for me in that new church.

  4. Cindy Mccoy says:

    Oh, I pray that God will use this movie to bring many people to Himself. That mant people will be set free from sin. Thank You Jesus for Your great love for all of human kind that You the King of Heaven would come here to die on the cross so that we might live!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  5. Rhonda Baine says:

    What is “Defining Moments”? I have the dvd “The Cross”.

    1. Lynn Stepp says:

      Rhonda, Defining Moments was done a few months before The Cross. Here is the link

  6. Margareta Cronholm says:

    thank you. Very interesting to read about Joe Gallaher. I myself ones believed I was an introvert, but God showed me I was wrong. Praise our Lord who make it possible for us to step out in faith.

  7. Joyce Paul says:

    GOD,who has given so much to us, give one more thing……. A Grateful Heart like Dr Graham!
    GOD BLESS US ALL! amen.

  8. Susan Puckett says:

    May God bless you for your faithfulness !

  9. douglasgredinaro says:

    God bless you Mr Graham