It’s being billed as an ‘Old Tent Revival’ but the religious awakening underway in the big white tent on the grounds of CRRC’s Rec Center, 125 Mabel Jones Dr., looks a lot more like a political rally to Comal County Democrats.
Canyon Lake Pastor Steve Ceh, founder of Solomon’s Porch Ministries, is the event sponsor.
On Facebook, wife Randi Ceh posted a video promoting ‘Our Appeal to Heaven Old Tent Revival.’
On that clip, Pastor Derek Rogers of Cowboy Church of Corsicana and leader of Take Back America Movement and Pastor Mark Burns with the Harvest Worship and Praise Center in South Carolina – billed on the event’s flyer as a member of President Trump’s Faith Advisory Board – are shown preaching about the need for true Christians to wake up and save their country despite what liberal Democrats do or say.
Ceh, founder of the controversial New Braunfels Trump Train and an insurrectionist photographed on the steps of Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C. on Jan. 6, in turn blames “the church” for not doing enough to stop the election of President Joe Biden.
The three will preach starting at 6:30 p.m. today. Another revival meeting is scheduled for Saturday.
Comal County Democrats are asking why the CRRC – which in April 2022 signed then canceled a contract with Texas gubernatorial candidate Beto O’Rourke to host a campaign rally inside the Rec Center, citing its unwillingness to “jeopardize our relationship with any community members” – favors Republicans.
In a statement, Comal County Democratic Party Chair Dr. Marilyn Aden said: “…CRRC will endorse an event that boasts a guest speaker who is promoted as ‘Leader of the Trump Train,’ a person who gleefully spreads messages of hate and incites violence against those he disagrees with.
“It’s evident that the decisionmakers at the CRRC have no problem with suppressing certain community voices, notably folks who are often disadvantaged. It’s shameful and reveals a lot about their lack of character, which doesn’t align with the messages on their website,” she said.
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE), which leases the land where the Rec Center sits to Comal County, said it is legal to host a religious event on federal land as long as it isn’t advertised or violates the Hatch Act, which limits certain political activies.
Comal County, which leases the land to the CRRC, said it isn’t in the business of telling the CRRC what it can or can’t do on its property.
“It’s my understanding that as long as they are following the terms of their contract, they can hold their event be it religious or political,” county spokesperson Cary Zayas said.
However, USACE did intervene in September 2022 when a Solomon’s Porch banner was posted along the fenceline between the CRRC Rec Center and Hidden Valley Sports Park.
CRRC Executive Director Sean Bailey did not respond to a request for comment or additional information about the charity’s policies and rental rates regarding the Rec Center.