80-year-old Cedar Falls pastor hosts event this weekend before heading to Senior Olympics

CEDAR FALLS, Iowa (KWWL) – Emily Hoyt has many reasons to be proud of her grandfather, Jimm Ites.

At 80-years-old, Ites celebrates his 50th year of preaching in 2019.  Many in the community know him well, as he’s the founder and pastor of Cornerstone Fellowship Church in Cedar Falls.  He’s been there for 37 years.  But Ite’s busy schedule doesn’t stop there.

Ites frequently participates in Senior Olympics events across the country for powerlifting and sprinting. At his age, that might seem like a nearly impossible feat to achieve, but Ites tells KWWL, it’s all about the power of choosing to believe.

“One of the keys to my life is to realize my call to be a chooser.  I choose to believe that I can do anything.  Age means nothing to me.  I form my own belief system, not what society says.  I believe to never stop training.  I train frequently, with purpose, to go somewhere. Those beliefs, to me, are like the fountain of youth.” said Ites.

And that’s why Emily reached out to KWWL.  She wanted to get the word out about her grandfather’s milestones of 2019 and to share his extraordinary attitude.

“He is in exceptional physical health. He is a pillar of strength, unconditional love, and faith,” said his granddaughter, Emily.

Emily also wanted to encourage the community to show support as her grandfather prepares for his next Senior Olympics event in Arizona in February (he won a gold medal in the 2017 Arizona Powerlifting Senior Olympics) and invite the community to the 2019 Jimm Ites Anniversary Showcase.

This Sunday, January 13, Ites and his Thursday Night Dead Lifting Crew will be hosting the inspiring showcase of strength and courage at The Gym, CrossFit Kilo in Cedar Falls.  They will be joined by the East High Honor Guard and the 2018-2019 Hawkeye Community College Redtails Dance Team.

The event is a chance for everyone to choose to come out and be inspired.  It’s one thing his grandson-in-law knows all about from Ites.

“In the warmer months, Jimm and I train with a group at Cornerstone Fellowship Church by flipping a 400-pound tire and sprinting.  Watching him improve his time or move to a larger tire each week is inspiring.  He is a machine,”  said Ryan Hoyt.

So are you ready to be inspired?  Sunday’s free event begins at 4 p.m.  Learn more and let them know you’ll be attending by clicking here on the event Facebook page.

Abby Turpin

Abby Turpin

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