"Whenever people get a chance to see something like that, they can always learn and be amazed at the same time," said William Harry, a member at Layton Hills Baptist Church who was instrumental in bringing the presentation to Davis County.
Harry said bringing the Shroud presentation to the public meets a primary goal of the church.
"We have a desire as a church to spread the news of Jesus Christ," Harry said. "At the same time, we get a chance to show people something that’s new and exciting, that they haven’t seen before."
Harry said he saw a duplicate of the Shroud on display at a church in Salt Lake City and thought it would be a good idea to bring something like that to Layton.
"It’s a historical artifact," he said. "It is something educational and intellectual for the community."
Harry said there are those who believe the image from the Shroud is of Jesus.
"But nobody knows because nobody was there," he said. "What we do know about the image in the Shroud is that we don’t know how it got there and that it is an image of a person that was crucified. This is what the Bible describes that Jesus went through, how he was crucified."
Shroud Encounter will cover all aspects of the history, science, art and theories of how the image may have been formed, according to the press release.
It turns out that Russ will be at Calvary Chapel in Salt Lake City on March 21 at 7pm and on March 22 from 9am to 3pm. Calvary Chapel is at 460 W. Century Drive.