A velvet curtain hangs in the background. Gray and black boxes line the stage. The lights dim, and from a side entrance comes a man wearing a tuxedo and a bright red bow tie. Within minutes, David Corn (’07) has the audience mesmerized by tricks and illusions with the help of his wife, Joy. David uses numerous props—metal rings, an egg, a black bag inside of a wooden box, and umbrellas—to capture the crowd’s attention as he smoothly transitions from one trick to another.
Shows such as this one are normal for Evangelist David Corn, who has been performing large illusion shows since 2010. During the school year, he and Joy perform at schools and churches; during the summer, they help with Vacation Bible Schools, youth rallies, and camps.
David gained a burden for youth evangelism through traveling with an evangelistic ministry connected to PCC during his college years. Although David already knew he was called to preach, he quickly understood the widespread ministry he could have through youth evangelism.
Realizing the importance of a strong, biblical foundation for his ministry, David finished a degree in Pastoral Ministries and went on to complete three master’s degrees at PCC: Bible Exposition, Master of Divinity, and Educational Leadership. He is thankful for this preparation, which he has used in many ways. David said, “Bible classes at PCC helped me get a greater knowledge of Scripture. The Master of Divinity program helped me take that training to deeper levels.”
David’s education has also helped him as he actively contacts public schools about doing free Magic and Morality shows for the students. “The public schools are a special heartbeat of mine because so many young people do not know about Christ,” David said.
To effectively reach public school students with the gospel, David works with local churches. After doing an illusion show at a local school to talk to teenagers about relevant youth issues, David invites students to a rally hosted by a church, where he is then able to share the gospel. After the service, David, Joy, and members of the church talk with people individually about their questions concerning salvation. Over the past few years, almost 3,000 people have accepted Christ as their Savior.
Although it can be difficult to reach out to public schools, David and Joy have seen God open the door for the Magic and Morality show 140 times in 20 states. Each time, they have noticed a great response from the students and their families. Many churches have grown as a result of hosting a rally in connection with the show; some churches have even seen people get baptized and join the church after accepting Christ.