An evangelist causes a campus commotion, leading to mixed reactions from UTC students about a woman preaching God's word on campus.
The gathering ruffled many feathers. It was clear by most students' reactions that this woman was not wanted at UTC.
Hundreds of college students gathered outside of the student union. It's not a party or a protest, it's to listen to Angela Cummings. At any given time throughout the afternoon, you could see 300 students circling around the evangelist.
"Well I travel and preach the gospel. Mark 16 is the great commission, the last words of Jesus. Go into all the world and preach the gospel," said Cummings, who did not get a warm welcome.
"I think she's accomplishing the very opposite of what she's trying to do by this. Basically they're just mocking her. There's a lot of mocking going on," said Katie Hill, and UTC Junior.
Cummings says it's not unusual for her to get berated. "People hate me but Jesus said Matthew 24, they will hate you but know that they hated me first."
But many students who believe what they bible says is true, say they don't hate Cummings, it's more about the way she's preaching God's word. "What she's saying doesn't make a whole lot of sense. Yesterday she was saying she's a saint and she doesn't sin, and today she's talking about God condemning people. She's speaking the bible but the way she's doing it is twisted. It doesn't make a lot of sense," said Rachael Kasprzak, a former UTC student and now intern at Campus Ministries.
"She has good intentions but when you go about damning people from the very start it's just going to close their heart," said Daylen Brown, a UTC Freshman.
"She has every right to do it and it's good but she also creates a lot of atheists in the process. If her goal is to save people, a lot of people see this as a view of religion and if everyone is this way, they're not. They actually reject it based on her views and I think it actually creates a lot of atheists," said Thomas Coleman, an atheist and member of the Secular Student Alliance.
"I would not choose to show people the love of God this way, but it's getting students to talk about spiritual things and it's getting people to talk about the bible," said Kasprzak.
Cummings was raised in Chattanooga, and went to Red Bank Baptist Church. She spent a few hours preaching, until asking police to escort her off the campus around 3:30.
By Natalie Jenereski