The Dallas Morning News reports that the people attending the non-denominational service will sit on lawn chairs and blankets. About 1,100 volunteers are involved in running the event. (Reuters/Mike Segar)
Tebow, who is notoriously outspoken about his Christian faith, will highlight the service, called Easter on the Hill, which is expected to draw as many as 20,000 families, according to a news release. KVUE.com reports that the New York Jets quarterback will speak for 20 minutes during the service, which will begin at 10 a.m CT.
Obviously it's our Super Bowl, said Joe Champion, pastor at the Celebration Church. Easter is the resurrection of Christ, which we celebrate in our faith. We feel like it's going to be a testimony to the community. We want it to be a family event.
On Wednesday, scaffolding and trellises were erected on the church's property for Tebow's visit. Event organizers said that everyone is welcome, and the church doesn't plan on turning people away.
Despite Tebow's popularity and charisma, Champion said that the service will not deviate from celebrating Easter.
There will be the sacredness of Easter, he said. It's not a Tim Tebow show. It's not about a celebrity. There's really only one celebrity that we are going to honor and highlight.
Champion and his wife Lori, also a pastor, founded Celebration Church, a multi-site church with several campuses throughout the Austin, Texas Metroplex, along with one campus located in Mozambique, in 2000. The release states it has grown from a family of five to over 6,000 people in weekly attendance.