OGDEN -- Two local organizations are inviting the public to a free event they promise will be spectacular.
It's an evangelical Christian rally, featuring Jason McLeod, that will take place at 8 p.m. Thursday in the Weber State University Student Union Building, 3848 Harrison Blvd., in Ogden.
The event will include refreshments and door prizes.
McLeod, who is 26, is a star in two nationally distributed Christian films, "Fireproof" and "Facing the Giants," both produced by Sherwood Baptist Church through its Sherwood Pictures label in Albany, Ga.
McLeod said those roles have opened up opportunities for him to display his passion for young people, as he now frequently is asked to speak to high school- and college-age youths about their futures.
He said he puts questions to his audiences, to ask themselves, "What kind of man or woman do I want to be?" and "What do I want to become?"
"It's really a blessing to get somebody like Jason out here," said Charles Freeman, founder of God ... Uncomplicated, one of the sponsors of the event. God ... Uncomplicated is a nondenominational evangelical Christian ministry designed to reach students at college campuses.
"There are not very many churches that produce Christian films that go on a national base level," Freeman said.
"Fireproof" was the highest-grossing independent film in 2008, earning $33 million, according to information distributed by Freeman.
The film is an effort to strengthen marriages, and it introduces a "love dare" for couples to use as a way to let go of selfishness in order to better serve each other.
But McLeod is best known for a central role he played in "Facing the Giants," a 2007 film produced by his church that also was successful, Freeman said.
The film tells the story of an an underdog American football team from an evangelical Christian worldview.
This is the third rally sponsored by God ... Uncomplicated and the second at WSU.
Previous events have featured Greg Johnson of "Standing Together" and former professional basketball player Bobby Porter.
Co-sponsoring this event is InterVarsity Christian Fellowship, an on-campus organization at WSU.
McLeod said his message will outline how a relationship with Jesus Christ is what sustains people in their lives.
"This is important, not only at this season of life but throughout life," he said.
"For me personally, when I understood that my relationship with Christ would sustain me through every situation good or bad, that's when life began to make sense for me and have purpose," McLeod said. "I want others to feel that way, too."
McLeod said he is excited to come to Utah to meet the people here.
And Freeman said he was willing to make the trip without charging any fees for his speaking.
Freeman said his group and InterVarsity Christian Fellowship only have to cover McLeod's expenses for travel, lodging and food.
"This is a huge, a tremendous blessing because frankly, our budget would not be able to afford him," Freeman said.
The arrangement was made possible by a couple in Freeman's own church whose son-in-law is a pastor at McLeod's church.
Besides receiving McLeod's message of infinite potential, Freeman said he hopes churches will attend and get the message of possibility for them to follow in Sherwood Baptist Church's footsteps.
"Sherwood Baptist has broken a lot of new ground with producing a lot of Christian films," Freeman said. "Utah is known for the movie industry as well.
"A lot of films have been produced in this state. (Jason's talk) will raise some awareness. If any of them are remotely thinking about a motion picture area of ministry, we are hoping that they would come out and listen to Jason."
For more information about the rally, go to www.goduncomplicated.com.
For more information about Sherwood Baptist Church or Sherwood Pictures, visit sherwoodpictures.com.