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Daybreak pastor Wes Dupin and church leaders came up with the idea of flipping houses to raise money for missions in Haiti.
37)Wesley Dupin (OM-PM)............................. Hudsonville--Daybreak Community Church
That's not a problem for Daybreak church pastor Wes Dupin.
"We basically wanted to say to people, 'Hey, we're all sinners. We've all got mess-ups in our lives,'" he said. "What I wanted to accomplish was accomplished today." For two sessions, Jeremy, a porn star with somewhere around 2,000 adult films to his credit, sat on the Daybreak stage with Dupin and guest pastor Craig Gross, an anti-pornography pastor who Jeremy counts as a close friend. The point of the appearance, Dupin told the large 9:30 and 11 a.m. crowds, was to "challenge their lives" a little, and put a human face on someone who many Christians would consider a notorious sinner. Jeremy's friendship with Gross and Dupin - a pair of Christian pastors with a blatant goal of getting Jeremy to "surrender" his life to God and renounce the porn industry - is "maybe the Lord trying to make me understand him a little better," said Jeremy. The church, which Dupin said tries to be a comfortable place for people to explore or come back to religion, started the 11 a.m. session off with a band playing the classic rock tune "Rock & Roll Band" by Boston. He estimated the appearances drew about 2,000 people Sunday, about 500 more than an average Sunday.
HUDSONVILLE, Mich. (NEWSCHANNEL 3) - Pastor Wes Dupin started Daybreak Church in Hudsonville 23 years ago to appeal to those turned off by the church.
Well, I hope for good reasons," said Dupin. I really hope that comes through," said Dupin. Jeremy will take the stage with Dupin and Pastor Craig Gross, founder of XXXChurch.com, a site made to help people caught up in pornography. Ron Jeremy has slept with over 4,000 different women, and Craig Gross has slept 4,000 times or more with his wife," said Dupin. Dupin expects thousands will attend one of two services October 21.
HUDSONVILLE, MI - Wes Dupin isn't expecting everyone to love his decision to bring a notorious porn star like Ron "The Hedgehog" Jeremy to speak at his church in Ottawa County, but that's really kind of the point.
It's not a place for all the saints," said Dupin, founding pastor of Daybreak church in Hudsonville. Jeremy will take the microphone for questions posed by Dupin and guest pastor Craig Gross, who runs an online ministry, XXXChurch.com, for folks who feel like they've become addicted to pornography. Dupin arranged the appearance at Daybreak though Gross, a friend. Dupin was present in 2008 when Gross and Jeremy appeared at a Yale University "Sex Week" debate moderated by ABC News Nightline. The Hudsonville appearance is less a debate, and more a Q&A with Jeremy about his philosophy on life, death, heaven, hell and eternity, said Dupin. Pastor Wes Dupin talks at Daybreak Church on Nov. 15, 2009. MLive file photo Dupin said he's been fielding increasing feedback on his controversial speaker choice since the church bought a billboard along I-196, which greets eastbound motorists nearing Grandville with the words "Ron Jeremy Goes to Church." "We have people who don't like the fact that we're doing this," he said. Dupin expects them all to be filled for Jeremy's appearance.