Pastor to fight in MMA competition for church - WALB.com, South Georgia News, Weather, Sports

Pastor to fight in MMA competition for church

VALDOSTA, GA (WALB) -

A Valdosta church pastor is training to fight in his first MMA competition. But at 44-years old he's not doing it for the title, he's doing it for his church.

Ten years ago, Kelly Barcol moved his family from Kentucky to Valdosta with dreams of opening his own church.

"We came here with just my family. We had no friends, no family in the city, no church support, like a lot of new church plants. So we came and started from scratch with five people," said Barcol.

His church, House of Joy, now has 175 members. Barcol holds Sunday service at Valwood School. The only thing missing is their own building.

And Barcol is going to fight in a Mixed Martial Arts competition to help raise the money. All proceeds from Valdosta's Winter Heat competition will go towards House of Joy.

"I called my friend James Corbett who puts on Winter Heat and Summer Heat in the past, and I asked him and before I could get it out of my mouth he said, 'Let's do it,'" said Barcol.

After four years of getting in shape at Crossfit, and months of training, Barcol will enter the cage on Saturday January 26th to fight.

"I do care about winning or losing, but also in the back of my mind I'm thinking if I give it my best and I still lose, it's still a big win for the church and really for God's kingdom," said Barcol.

Barcol's training partner says after they met, he started attending House of Joy and became inspired by Barcol's passion in the gym and at church.

"I work out with my pastor so why not live by what he's talking about on Sunday's," said Emilliano Kaku.

"It's just been so exciting to see the church unfold and what it's turned into, and I feel like the one thing that we're lacking is that building - not that a structure is anything but to have that central location, we're just so community minded," said Barcol.

The church has purchased 11 acres of land on Park Avenue, and with proceeds from Winter Heat, they're expecting to raise anywhere from $10,000-$20,000 dollars to build the church.

The Winter Heat fight is January 26th at 6 p.m. at Mathis City Auditorium. To get tickets call 229-253-8549. All proceeds go directly to House of Joy.

Copyright 2013 WALB.  All rights reserved.

  • More WALB News10 HeadlinesMore News HeadlinesMore>>

  • Infant immunization week warns parents against deadly diseases

    Infant immunization week warns parents against deadly diseases

    Monday, April 23 2018 8:45 AM EDT2018-04-23 12:45:04 GMT
    Baby gets vaccinated to protect against various diseases (Source: WALB)Baby gets vaccinated to protect against various diseases (Source: WALB)
    Baby gets vaccinated to protect against various diseases (Source: WALB)Baby gets vaccinated to protect against various diseases (Source: WALB)

    Every new mother wants her newborn baby to be healthy. Health departments across Southwest Georgia are urging parents to make sure they get their babies immunized.

    More >>

    Every new mother wants her newborn baby to be healthy. Health departments across Southwest Georgia are urging parents to make sure they get their babies immunized.

    More >>
  • Gas prices continue to rise

    Gas prices continue to rise

    Monday, April 23 2018 7:51 AM EDT2018-04-23 11:51:31 GMT
    Gas prices (Source:WALB)Gas prices (Source:WALB)
    Gas prices (Source:WALB)Gas prices (Source:WALB)

    The price at the pump continues to rise.  Gas prices have jumped nine cents in the last week.  

    More >>

    The price at the pump continues to rise.  Gas prices have jumped nine cents in the last week.  

    More >>
  • Commissioner Jon Howard on East Albany's ongoing clean-up effort

    Commissioner Jon Howard on East Albany's ongoing clean-up effort

    Monday, April 23 2018 12:12 AM EDT2018-04-23 04:12:51 GMT
    Owens was one of the six streets which got cleaned for the clean-up day. (Source: WALB)Owens was one of the six streets which got cleaned for the clean-up day. (Source: WALB)

    A number of streets in Albany are much more appealing to the eye... thanks to 'Stash the Trash' volunteers who helped clean the city over the past few days.  Commissioner Jon Howard joined 'Keep Albany-Dougherty Beautiful' to help clean-up sites on seven blocks in East Albany. 

    More >>

    A number of streets in Albany are much more appealing to the eye... thanks to 'Stash the Trash' volunteers who helped clean the city over the past few days.  Commissioner Jon Howard joined 'Keep Albany-Dougherty Beautiful' to help clean-up sites on seven blocks in East Albany. 

    More >>
Powered by Frankly