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THIS WEEK: PASTOR GREG LAURIE ENCOURAGES SOUTHERN CALIFORNIANS TO #StandWithTheBible & BRING A FRIEND TO SoCAL HARVEST AT ANGEL STADIUM, AUG. 17 – 19

THIS WEEK: PASTOR GREG LAURIE ENCOURAGES SOUTHERN CALIFORNIANS TO #StandWithTheBible & BRING A FRIEND TO SoCAL HARVEST AT ANGEL STADIUM, AUG. 17 – 19

WHAT:

WHEN:

WHERE:

2018 SoCal Harvest, Featuring Nightly Message from Greg Laurie, Saturday Night Freestyle Motocross Show with Nate Adams & Fitz Army, Music from MercyMe, Chris Tomlin, Passion, Phil Wickham and More

Friday, Aug. 17 & Saturday, Aug. 18, 7 p.m. (doors open at 5 p.m.)
Sunday, Aug. 19, 6 p.m. (doors open at 4 p.m.)
Admission is free of charge

Angel Stadium of Anaheim
2000 E. Gene Autry Way
Anaheim, California 92806

The 2018 SoCal Harvest will kick off this Friday at Angel Stadium of Anaheim, bringing its three-night event back to Orange Country for the 29th year running, Aug. 17 – 19.  Founded by Southern California pastor and evangelist Greg Laurie in 1990, the SoCal Harvest is an evangelistic outreach designed to answer life’s big questions like: Why am I here?  Is God real?  What happens when I die?  The SoCal Harvest is free of charge and open to the public.

In addition to bringing a friend to this year’s event, Southern Californians are also encouraged to bring a Bible as part of the SoCal Harvest’s #StandWithTheBible campaign.  The campaign is a response to a story that made national headlines this past week when a local real estate company removed billboards from its Fashion Island mall and the Irvine Spectrum after receiving complaints and at least one “serious threat” that the ads featured an image of Pastor Laurie holding a Bible. On Friday, the event’s opening night, Laurie will ask everyone in attendance to hold the Bible high over their heads in a show of support for the “book of books.” Laurie hopes the campaign will be a positive way for Christians to stand up for the Word of God.

“Countless people throughout the ages have been transformed because of the Bible and its impact around the world is literally impossible to quantify,” said Laurie.  “Instead of being offended by it, more people ought to pick it up, read it and see for themselves what it has to say. I believe our cities, our nation and the world will be immeasurably better off if more people read and even more importantly follow what the Bible says.”

Throughout the weekend Laurie will be joined onstage by leading Christian musicians including Grammy winning songwriter and worship leader Chris Tomlin (the “most sung music artist in history”), Grammy nominated MercyMe (I Can Only Imagine), worship band Passion, Phil Wickham, Jordan Feliz, hip hop artist Andy Mineo, and renowned guitarist Lincoln Brewster (musicians vary by night).  In addition, during the Sunday evening program, Laurie will interview actress Madeline Carroll, co-star of the film, I Can Only Imagine.

Some of the top professional Freestyle Motocross riders and X-Games athletes in the world will be featured in an FMX show inside Angel Stadium on Saturday at 6:30 p.m., during the second night of the SoCal Harvest.  The show will include FMX legend and former world champion Nate Adams, Jimmy Fitzpatrick and the “Fitz Army,” Jarryd McNeil, Taka Higashino, Destin Cantrell, and Todd Potter.

Media credentials for the SoCal Harvest may be obtained by presenting company identification at Angel Stadium of Anaheim on the field level near the third base dugout (enter the stadium at Gate 2).  Media check-in begins at 4 p.m. on Friday and Saturday and at 3 p.m. on Sunday.  Please note that field access will be suspended between 6:30 – 7 p.m. on Saturday evening during the Freestyle Motocross show; media may cover the show from the third base dugout during this time.

Media coverage opportunities are available before and during the SoCal Harvest and are listed below.  For more information, contact Laura McGowan at (847) 347-5206 or at laura@lauramcgowan.com.

  • Stage set-up at Angel Stadium on Tuesday, August 14, Wednesday, August 15, and Thursday, August 16.
  • Interview local attendees, volunteers, and Harvest Crusade staff; capture b-roll of attendees, Greg Laurie, and musicians, Friday, August 17 – Sunday, August 19.
  • Freestyle Motocross show on Saturday, August 18, from 6:30 – 7 p.m. on the warning track of Angel Stadium.  Media covering the show from the field level must be in place inside the third base dugout before 6:30 p.m.

The 2018 SoCal Harvest begins at 7 p.m. on Friday and Saturday (gates open at 5 p.m.) and at 6 p.m. on Sunday (gates open at 4 p.m.).  A tailgate party will take place on Saturday from

3 – 5 p.m. in the parking lot under the “Big A” sign.  Angel Stadium of Anaheim charges $15 for parking fees for cars and $30 for buses. Each night the event will be interpreted in Spanish and signing for the hearing impaired will be provided.

All three nights of the 2018 SoCal Harvest will be broadcast live at www.harvest.org and daily blog accounts of the crusade will also be made available.  Updates about the Harvest outreach will be posted on Facebook, Instagram (search #HarvestSoCal) and Twitter.

MEDIA NOTE: To arrange an interview with a Harvest Crusade representative, contact Laura McGowan at (847) 347-5206 or at laura@lauramcgowan.com.  For more information or photos, visit the Harvest Newsroom at www.harvest.org/newsroom.

TOP PRO FREESTYLE MOTOCROSS RIDERS ADDED TO 2018 SoCAL HARVEST LINEUP AT ANGEL STADIUM

TOP PRO FREESTYLE MOTOCROSS RIDERS ADDED TO 2018 SoCAL HARVEST LINEUP AT ANGEL STADIUM

X-Games FMX Riders Join Pastor & Evangelist Greg Laurie and Leading Christian Musicians at 29th Annual Southern California Harvest Crusades, Aug. 17 – 19

RIVERSIDE, Calif., Aug. 9, 2018 —Some of the top professional Freestyle Motocross riders and X-Games athletes in the world have been added to the program lineup for the 2018 SoCal Harvest taking place at Angel Stadium of Anaheim, Aug. 17 – 19.  The Freestyle Motocross show will take place inside Angel Stadium at 6:30 p.m. PT on Saturday, Aug. 18, during the second night of the annual Southern California Harvest Crusades with Greg Laurie outreach, and will feature FMX legend and former world champion Nate Adams, Jimmy Fitzpatrick and the “Fitz Army,” Jarryd McNeil, Taka Higashino, Destin Cantrell, and Todd Potter.

“We’re thrilled that so many top-name professional FMX riders like Nate Adams and Jimmy Fitzpatrick will be making an appearance at the 2018 SoCal Harvest,” said Harvest Crusades Executive Director John Collins.  “The athletes will do some pretty amazing tricks during Saturday’s Freestyle Motocross show, and it will be high-energy and entertaining for people of all ages.”

Nate Adams added, “I had the privilege of riding at the SoCal Harvest over a decade ago, and I’m so glad to be back this year with an outstanding group of FMX athletes.  I’m happy for the opportunity to share my faith in Christ through my sport, and I hope that many will come out to Angel Stadium for the SoCal Harvest to check out the FMX show and  to hear a life-changing message from Greg Laurie.”

Southern California pastor and evangelist Greg Laurie has brought the Harvest Crusades evangelistic outreach to Orange County annually for the past 29 years, and each year he delivers the simple, life-changing message of hope that can be found in Jesus Christ.  Called the “evangelist of the future” by the late Billy Graham, Laurie’s talks encompass topics that appeal to people of any age and answer questions like: Why am I here?  Is God real?  What happens when I die?

In addition to the FMX riders, throughout the weekend Laurie will be joined onstage by leading Christian musicians including Grammy winning songwriter and worship leader Chris Tomlin (the “most sung music artist in history”), Grammy nominated MercyMe (I Can Only Imagine), worship band Passion, Phil Wickham, Jordan Feliz, hip hop artist Andy Mineo, and renowned guitarist Lincoln Brewster (musicians vary by night).  In addition, during the Sunday evening program, Laurie will interview actress Madeline Carroll, who most recently co-starred in the film, I Can Only Imagine.

The 2018 SoCal Harvest begins at 7 p.m. on Friday and Saturday (gates open at 5 p.m.) and at 6 p.m. on Sunday (gates open at 4 p.m.).  A tailgate party will take place on Saturday from

3 – 5 p.m. in the parking lot under the “Big A” sign.  Angel Stadium of Anaheim charges $15 for parking fees for cars and $30 for buses. Each night the event will be interpreted in Spanish and signing for the hearing impaired will be provided.

All three nights of the 2018 SoCal Harvest will be broadcast live at www.harvest.org and daily blog accounts of the crusade will also be made available.  Updates about the Harvest outreach will be posted on Facebook, Instagram (search #HarvestSoCal) and Twitter.

Friday, August 17, 7 p.m.

  • Message from evangelist Greg Laurie
  • Music from MercyMe, Passion, and Phil Wickham

Saturday, August 18, 7 p.m.

  • Message from evangelist Greg Laurie
  • Music from Lincoln Brewster, Andy Mineo, Jordan Feliz, Phil Wickham, and Freestyle Motocross Show (FMX pre-show begins at 6:30 p.m.)
  • A tailgate party will take place from 3 – 5 p.m. in the parking lot under the “Big A” sign

Sunday, August 19, 6 p.m.

  • Message from evangelist Greg Laurie
  • Music from Chris Tomlin and Phil Wickham, and an interview with actress Madeline Caroll

Sunday, August 19, 6 p.m.

  • Message from evangelist Greg Laurie
  • Music from Chris Tomlin and Phil Wickham, and an interview with actress Madeline Caroll

Greg Laurie is the pastor of Harvest Christian Fellowship in Riverside and Irvine, Calif., and Maui, Hawaii, and founder of the Harvest Crusades events, which have been attended by more than 8.9 million people worldwide since 1990, both in-person and via live Internet broadcasts.  Laurie serves on the board of directors for the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association.

MEDIA NOTE: For more information about the 2018 SoCal Harvest events, or to arrange an interview or apply for media credentials, contact Laura McGowan at (847) 347-5206 or at laura@lauramcgowan.com, or access the Harvest Newsroom at newsroom.harvest.org.

2018 SoCAL HARVEST SEEKS TO IGNITE A 21st CENTURY JESUS REVOLUTION

2018 SoCAL HARVEST SEEKS TO IGNITE A 21st CENTURY JESUS REVOLUTION

29th Annual Southern California Harvest Crusades with Greg Laurie Returns to
Angel Stadium of Anaheim, Aug. 17 – 19, With Chart-Toppers Chris Tomlin,
MercyMe, Phil Wickham, Lincoln Brewster

RIVERSIDE, Calif., July 18, 2018 — Nearly 50 years after the Jesus Movement—one of the greatest spiritual awakenings of the 20th century—came to life in Southern California, local pastor and evangelist who was himself brought to faith in the movement, Greg Laurie is seeking to spark a similar revival in the Southland.  Dedicated to sharing a message of God’s love and igniting a “Jesus revolution” in a new generation, Laurie will bring the Harvest Crusades back to Angel Stadium of Anaheim, Aug. 17 – 19.  During the 2018 SoCal Harvest, Laurie will be joined by chart-topping Christian artists each night.

The 2018 SoCal Harvest is open to the public and admission is free.

The Jesus Movement of the 1960’s and 1970’s began in Southern California during a historically tumultuous time in the U.S. and brought spiritual awakening to the most unlikely characters—hippies and iconoclasts who rejected social standards and didn’t fit in with cultural norms. “There are so many parallels between the culture during that time and our current culture—racial unrest, political divide, and drug problems,” says Laurie.  “During the Jesus Movement, people prayed and God intervened. God transformed an unlikely generation and He can do it again. America needs a spiritual awakening, and I strongly believe that we need to again pray toward that end—a Jesus revolution for a new generation.”

Laurie, who founded the Harvest Crusades evangelistic outreach in Southern California in 1990, has returned to Orange County annually for the past 29 years to deliver the simple, life-changing message of the hope that can be found in Jesus Christ, making the Harvest Crusades the longest-running evangelistic outreach in U.S. history.  Called the “evangelist of the future” by the late Billy Graham, Laurie’s talks encompass topics that appeal to people of any age and answer questions like: Why am I here?  Is God real?  What happens when I die?

Laurie will be joined onstage by top Christian musicians including Grammy winning songwriter and worship leader Chris Tomlin (the “most sung music artist in history”), Grammy nominated MercyMe (I Can Only Imagine), worship band Passion, Phil Wickham, Jordan Feliz, hip hop artist Andy Mineo, and renowned guitarist Lincoln Brewster.  In addition, during the Saturday evening program, Laurie will interview actress Madeline Carroll, who most recently co-starred in the film, I Can Only Imagine.

Laurie has partnered with co-author Ellen Vaughn to tell the story of the Jesus Movement in a new book called Jesus Revolution: How God Transformed an Unlikely Generation and How He Can Do It Again Today, which will be released by Baker Publishing in September.

The 2018 SoCal Harvest begins at 7 p.m. on Friday and Saturday (gates open at 5 p.m.) and at 6 p.m. on Sunday (gates open at 4 p.m.).  A tailgate party will take place on Saturday from

3 – 5 p.m. in the parking lot under the “Big A” sign.  Angel Stadium of Anaheim charges $15 for parking fees for cars and $30 for buses. Each night the event will be interpreted in Spanish and signing for the hearing impaired will be provided.

All three nights of the 2018 SoCal Harvest will be broadcast live at www.harvest.org and daily blog accounts of the crusade will also be made available.  Updates about the Harvest outreach will be posted on Facebook, Instagram (search #HarvestSoCal) and Twitter.

2018 SoCal Harvest Schedule of Events

All events will take place at Angel Stadium of Anaheim and are free and open to the public. Gates open at 5 p.m. on Friday and Saturday and at 4 p.m. on Sunday.

 Friday, August 17, 7 p.m.

  • Message from evangelist Greg Laurie
  • Music from MercyMe, Passion, and Phil Wickham

 Saturday, August 18, 7 p.m.

  • Message from evangelist Greg Laurie
  • Music from Lincoln Brewster, Andy Mineo, Jordan Feliz, Phil Wickham, and an interview with actress Madeline Caroll
  • A tailgate party will take place from 3 – 5 p.m. in the parking lot under the “Big A” sign

 Sunday, August 19, 6 p.m.

  • Message from evangelist Greg Laurie
  • Music from Chris Tomlin and Phil Wickham

Greg Laurie is the pastor of Harvest Christian Fellowship in Riverside and Irvine, Calif., and Maui, Hawaii, and founder of the Harvest Crusades events, which have been attended by more than 8.9 million people worldwide since 1990, both in-person and via live Internet broadcasts.  Laurie serves on the board of directors for the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association.

MEDIA NOTE: For more information about the 2018 SoCal Harvest events, or to arrange an interview, contact Laura McGowan at (847) 347-5206 or at laura@lauramcgowan.com, or access the Harvest Newsroom at newsroom.harvest.org.

HARVEST CRUSADES WITH GREG LAURIE—THE LONGEST-RUNNING EVANGELISTIC OUTREACH IN U.S. HISTORY— RETURNS TO SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA FOR 29TH YEAR, AUG. 17 – 19

HARVEST CRUSADES WITH GREG LAURIE—THE LONGEST-RUNNING EVANGELISTIC OUTREACH IN U.S. HISTORY— RETURNS TO SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA FOR 29TH YEAR, AUG. 17 – 19

WHAT:

2018 SoCal Harvest Will Feature Nightly Message from Pastor & Evangelist Greg Laurie, Music from Chris Tomlin, Passion, Jordan Feliz, and More

WHEN:

Friday, Aug. 17 & Saturday, Aug. 18, 7 p.m. (doors open at 5 p.m.)
Sunday, Aug. 19, 6 p.m. (doors open at 4 p.m.)
Admission is free of charge

WHERE:

Angel Stadium of Anaheim
2000 E. Gene Autry Way
Anaheim, California 92806

Founded in Southern California in 1990, Harvest Crusades with Greg Laurie will return to Angel Stadium of Anaheim, August 17 – 19, bringing its life-changing Gospel message to tens of thousands of people over three nights during the 2018 SoCal Harvest.  Now in its 29th year, the annual Southern California Harvest Crusades event is the longest-running evangelistic outreach in U.S. history, and will feature a nightly talk from local pastor and evangelist Greg Laurie and music from top Christian artists.

Laurie, who has spoken at every Harvest Crusades event over the past three decades, was named the “evangelist of the future” by the late Billy Graham. Laurie’s talks encompass topics that appeal to people of any age and answer questions like: Why am I here?  Is God real?  What happens when I die?

Musicians for the 2018 SoCal Harvest include Grammy winning songwriter and worship leader Chris Tomlin (the “most sung music artist in history”), Grammy nominated band MercyMe (I Can Only Imagine), worship band Passion, Phil Wickham, Jordan Feliz, hip hop artist Andy Mineo, and renowned guitarist Lincoln Brewster.  In addition, during the Saturday evening program, Laurie will interview actress Madeline Carroll, who most recently co-starred in the film, I Can Only Imagine.

All three nights of the 2018 SoCal Harvest will be broadcast live via the Internet at www.harvest.org and daily blog accounts of the crusade will also be made available.  Updates about the Harvest outreach will be posted on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/harvestcrusades/), Instagram (harvestcrusades or search #HarvestSoCal) and Twitter (https://twitter.com/harvest_events).

Greg Laurie is the pastor of Harvest Christian Fellowship in Riverside and Irvine, Calif., and Maui, Hawaii, and founder of the Harvest Crusades events, which have been attended by more than 8.9 million people worldwide since 1990, both in-person and via live Internet broadcasts.  Laurie serves on the board of directors for the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association.

MEDIA NOTE: For more information about the 2018 SoCal Harvest, contact Laura McGowan at (847) 347-5206 or laura@lauramcgowan.com.

PASTOR GREG LAURIE’S 28TH ANNUAL SOCAL HARVEST BRINGS MESSAGE OF UNITY IN CHRIST FOR DIVIDED NATION

PASTOR GREG LAURIE’S 28TH ANNUAL SOCAL HARVEST BRINGS MESSAGE OF UNITY IN CHRIST FOR DIVIDED NATION

More Than 92,000 Attendees Turn Out for Weekend Harvest Crusade at Angel Stadium of Anaheim, Another 46,000 Attend Online

RIVERSIDE, Calif., August 21, 2017 — During a week when the nation struggled to make sense of the hatred and violence perpetrated by white nationalists in Charlottesville, Virginia, more than 92,000 people gathered at Angel Stadium of Anaheim this past weekend, Aug. 18 – 20, to hear a message of hope and unity in Christ presented by Pastor Greg Laurie at his annual Southern California Harvest Crusade outreach.  Another 46,972 attended the Crusade via a live internet broadcast.

Now in its 28th year, the 2017 SoCal Harvest featured a nightly message from Laurie about the hope that can be found in a relationship with Christ, and his Friday night talk titled “A Second Chance for America” gave mention to current events. The Los Angeles Times (Aug. 19, 2017) wrote, “Laurie began his evening – the highlight of the event – by addressing the racial and political division that’s troubled the nation this week.  He spoke about the tensions of the 1960s and his own troubled past, doing drugs and being ‘filled with hate.”

“When you become a Christian, those barriers come down,” he said.  “Racial barriers come down, prejudice comes down.”

During his message Laurie said, “Our country is divided.  For a follower of Jesus Christ, there is no place for racism, bigotry or prejudice of any kind.  I see these people carrying crosses, wearing swastikas, talking about white supremacy.  There is no superior race. We are all part of the human race.”

Laurie was joined throughout the weekend by top Christian music artists including Crowder, Grammy Award-winning hip-hop artist Lecrae, Jeremy Camp, American Idol winner Jordin Sparks, Andy Mineo, American Idol finalist Danny Gokey, NBC’s The Voice finalist Brennley Brown, and worship leader Phil Wickham.  Lecrae encouraged the audience by saying, “There are people from all over the map here, but you are all beautiful to me…you’re a picture of God’s creation.  If somebody sees you as invisible, it’s only because their vision is limited, not your own.”

At the heart of each of Laurie’s messages during the 2017 SoCal Harvest was an invitation for those in attendance to begin a relationship with Jesus Christ.  “Deep down inside you’re longing for God, you’re longing for peace, for the forgiveness of sin,” said Laurie to the crowds gathered at Angel Stadium.  “God holds the missing peace for you tonight, but you must come to Him and believe.  You’re a sinner, but the good news is that Jesus Christ died on the cross for your sins and paid the price for you.”

By the end of the three-night outreach, 10,071 people made decisions of faith, including those in attendance at Angel Stadium and those viewing the live SoCal Harvest program online.

The Sunday evening program concluded with a time of prayer for the nation, followed by a fireworks display over the stadium as Brennley Brown sang, “God Bless America” and was then joined onstage for music by Phil Wickham, Jordin Sparks, and Danny Gokey.

Also featured at the 2017 SoCal Harvest was Steve McQueen’s “lost” stunt car from the 1968 Hollywood classic, Bullitt, which was on display Saturday.  The 1968 Ford Mustang—one of two stunt cars driven by Steve McQueen in the famous film—had been lost for nearly 50 years until it was recently discovered in Mexico, and holds particular interest for Laurie, who recently completed a book and a movie about the spiritual life of the iconic actor who died in 1980 from malignant mesothelioma at the age of 50.  The movie, Steve McQueen: American Icon, will be shown in theaters nationwide on Sept. 28, 2017 as a one-night Fathom event.

All nights of the 2017 SoCal Harvest were broadcast online, and 46,972 people watched live from 49 countries and in all 50 states.  In addition, 209,000 unique views of the Harvest Crusade were reported on Facebook Live. The 2017 SoCal Harvest is archived and available for viewing at www.harvest.org.

Harvest Crusades with Greg Laurie will hold its next stadium event June 10, 2018 when it brings Harvest America back to the Dallas Metroplex.

In addition to founding the Harvest Crusades, Laurie also serves as senior pastor of one of the largest churches in America, Harvest Christian Fellowship, which has campuses in Riverside and Irvine, California, and Maui, Hawaii.  He serves on the board of directors for the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association.

MEDIA NOTE: For more information about the 2017 SoCal Harvest events, or to arrange an interview, contact Laura McGowan at (847) 347-5206 or at laura@lauramcgowan.com, or access the Harvest Newsroom at newsroom.harvest.org.

“LOST” STEVE MCQUEEN BULLITT CAR ON DISPLAY AT HARVEST CRUSADE OUTREACH AT ANGEL STADIUM THIS WEEKEND

“LOST” STEVE MCQUEEN BULLITT CAR ON DISPLAY AT HARVEST CRUSADE OUTREACH AT ANGEL STADIUM THIS WEEKEND

WHAT:

2017 SoCal Harvest Will Feature Nightly Message from Pastor Greg Laurie, Music from Top Christian Artists Including Lecrae, Jordin Sparks, Danny Gokey, Brennley Brown and More

WHEN:

Friday, August 18 – Sunday, August 20, 7 p.m. (gates open at 5 p.m. each day) Admission is free of charge

WHERE:

Angel Stadium of Anaheim
2000 E. Gene Autry Way
Anaheim, California 92806

Steve McQueen’s “lost” stunt car from the movie Bullitt will be on display at the 2017 SoCal Harvest taking place this weekend at Angel Stadium of Anaheim.  The 1968 Ford Mustang—one of two stunt cars driven by Steve McQueen in Bullitt—had been lost for nearly 50 years until it was recently discovered in Mexico, and holds particular interest for Laurie, who recently completed a book and a movie about the spiritual life of iconic actor Steve McQueen.  The Bullitt car will be on display under the helmets at Angel Stadium on Saturday, August 19 and Sunday, August 20 before and after the Harvest Crusade, and will tie-in to Laurie’s mention of McQueen’s story during his Saturday night message as he talks about the about the hope that is available to everyone through Christ, regardless of race, background, or walk of life.

Local pastor and evangelist Greg Laurie will bring his annual Harvest Crusade outreach back to Southern California for the 28th year running this weekend, August 18 – 20.  The 2017 SoCal Harvest will feature a nightly message of hope from Laurie and music from top Christian artists including Crowder, Grammy Award-winning hip hop artist Lecrae, Jeremy Camp, American Idol winner Jordin Sparks, Andy Mineo, American Idol finalist Danny Gokey, NBC’s The Voice finalist Brennley Brown, and worship leader Phil Wickham (artists vary by night).  The Sunday evening SoCal Harvest program will conclude with a fireworks display.

Media credentials for the SoCal Harvest may be obtained by presenting company identification at Angel Stadium of Anaheim on the field level near the third base dugout (enter the stadium at Gate 2).  Media check-in begins at 4 p.m. each afternoon.

Media coverage opportunities are available before and during the SoCal Harvest and are listed below.  For more information, contact Laura McGowan at (847) 347-5206 or at laura@lauramcgowan.com.

  • Capture b-roll and interview Harvest Crusade staff about Steve McQueen Bullitt car, Saturday, August 19 (after 3 p.m.) and Sunday, August 20.
  • Interview local attendees, volunteers, and Harvest Crusade staff; capture b-roll of attendees, Greg Laurie, and musicians, Friday, August 18 – Sunday, August 20.
  • The SoCal Harvest will conclude with a fireworks display over Angel Stadium on Sunday, August 20.

The 2017 SoCal Harvest begins at 7 p.m. each evening, August 18 – August 20 (gates open at 5 p.m.) and is completely free of charge.  Angel Stadium charges $15 for car parking and $30 for bus parking.  Each night of the event will be interpreted in Spanish and signing for the deaf will be provided.

All three nights of the 2017 SoCal Harvest will be broadcast live via the Internet at harvest.org and daily blog accounts of the crusade will also be made available.  Updates about the Harvest outreach will be posted on Facebook (www.facebook.com/harvestcrusades), Instagram (harvestcrusades or search #HarvestSoCal) and Twitter (@harvest_events).

MEDIA NOTE: To arrange an interview with a Harvest Crusade representative, contact Laura McGowan at (847) 347-5206 or at laura@lauramcgowan.com.  For more information or photos, visit the Harvest Newsroom at www.harvest.org/newsroom.

PROVIDING ANSWERS TO LIFE’S BIGGEST QUESTIONS, PASTOR GREG LAURIE BRINGS MESSAGE OF HOPE TO SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA AT ANNUAL HARVEST CRUSADE

PROVIDING ANSWERS TO LIFE’S BIGGEST QUESTIONS, PASTOR GREG LAURIE BRINGS MESSAGE OF HOPE TO SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA AT ANNUAL HARVEST CRUSADE

2017 SoCal Harvest Will Return to Angel Stadium in Anaheim on Aug. 18 – 20, Featuring a Nightly Message from Laurie and Music from Top Christian Artists Including Lecrae, Jordin Sparks, Danny Gokey, Brennley Brown and More—All Free of Charge

 RIVERSIDE, Calif., July 25, 2017 Pastor Greg Laurie’s annual Harvest Crusade outreach will return to Angel Stadium of Anaheim again this year, August 18 – 20, bringing a timeless message of hope to area residents. The 2017 SoCal Harvest will feature a nightly message from Southern California pastor and evangelist Greg Laurie and music from top Christian artists including Crowder, Grammy Award-winning hip hop artist Lecrae, Jeremy Camp, American Idol winner Jordin Sparks, Andy Mineo, American Idol finalist Danny Gokey, NBC’s The Voice finalist Brennley Brown, and worship leader Phil Wickham (artists vary by night).

Laurie’s messages go straight to the heart of the questions front and center in the minds of all people:

  • Why am I here?
  • Is this all there is?
  • How can I start over?
  • Is God real?
  • What happens when I die?

After nearly three decades of large-scale evangelism, Laurie remains passionate about conveying to audiences locally and around the world the eternal hope that is found through a relationship with Christ. He knows what it’s like to be in desperate need of hope. Like many who came of age in the 1960s, Greg Laurie was on a search for the meaning of life. Born out of wedlock to an alcoholic who went on to marry seven times, Greg started drinking, partying, and taking drugs to escape the insecurity and dysfunction of his family. But his life was suddenly changed when he encountered a group of young Christians on his high school campus in Newport Beach, California. As Laurie notes, “We may lose sight of God, but He never loses sight of us.” Today, after nearly 30 years of holding Crusades in Southern California, he is living proof that “God’s plans for us are better than any plans we have for ourselves.”

According to Laurie, the need for evangelism is more important than ever before. “Despite the divisions and distractions dividing our nation and disorienting our culture, I believe that the gospel of Jesus Christ remains the hope of the world and is more needed in our nation now than at almost any other point in our history,” he said.

That’s why this year’s Crusade is preceded by an ambitious evangelism training program in the weeks preceding the SoCal Harvest. As Laurie notes, “Jesus did not say that the whole world should go to church. He said that the church should go to the whole world.” Laurie’s Tell Someone Events are a series of rallies held across Orange County, the Inland Empire, and Los Angeles designed to provide tools and training for people interested in sharing their faith with others. This year, as many as 10,000 people are expected to go through the training at area churches, July 26 – August 3.

The 2017 SoCal Harvest comes on the heels of Harvest’s largest outreach to date—a one-night event held on June 11 called Harvest America, which drew a combined audience of nearly 945,000 people. A crowd of 38,000 packed the University of Phoenix Stadium to listen to Greg Laurie in person, while another 907,000 — from coast to coast and around the world — watched or listened to the simulcast via the web, Trinity Broadcasting Network, the 3,700 plus HarvestAmerica.com host sites, and on Facebook Live.

The 2017 SoCal Harvest begins at 7 p.m. each evening (gates open at 5 p.m.) and is free of charge. Angel Stadium of Anaheim charges $15 for parking fees for cars and $30 for buses. Each night the event will be interpreted in Spanish and signing for the deaf will be provided.

All three nights of the 2017 SoCal Harvest will be broadcast live via the Internet at www.harvest.org, and daily blog accounts of the crusade will also be made available. Updates about the Harvest outreach will be posted on Facebook (www.facebook.com/harvestcrusades), Instagram (harvestcrusades or search #HarvestSoCal) and Twitter (@harvest_events).

 2017 SoCal Harvest Schedule of Events

All events will take place at Angel Stadium of Anaheim and are free and open to the public. Doors open at 5 p.m. each day.

 Friday, August 18, 7 p.m.

  • Message from evangelist Greg Laurie
  • Music from Crowder, Andy Mineo, and Phil Wickham.

 Saturday, August 19, 7 p.m.

  • Message from evangelist Greg Laurie
  • Music from Lecrae, Jeremy Camp, and Phil Wickham.

 Sunday, August 20, 7 p.m.

  • Message from evangelist Greg Laurie
  • Music from Jordin Sparks, Danny Gokey, Brennley Brown and Phil Wickham.

Founded in 1990 by Greg Laurie, pastor of Harvest Christian Fellowship in Riverside and Irvine, Calif., and Maui, Hawaii, Harvest Crusade events have been attended by more than 7.8 million people worldwide, both in-person and via live Internet broadcasts. He serves on the board of directors for the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association.

MEDIA NOTE: For more information about the 2017 SoCal Harvest events, or to arrange an interview, contact Laura McGowan at (847) 347-5206 or at laura@lauramcgowan.com, or access the Harvest Newsroom at newsroom.harvest.org.

Greg Laurie’s Harvest America Impacted Nearly 945,000 Worldwide with Message of God’s Good News, on a Single Night

Greg Laurie’s Harvest America Impacted Nearly 945,000 Worldwide with Message of God’s Good News, on a Single Night

38,000 packed the University of Phoenix Stadium to listen to Greg Laurie on June 11, while more than 660,000 joined live via the Trinity Broadcasting Network, 246,647 tuned in live through the webcast, the 3,700 plus HarvestAmerica.com host sites and on Facebook Live.

RIVERSIDE, Calif., June 23, 2017—Harvest America, led by Evangelist Greg Laurie at the University of Phoenix Stadium on June 11, impacted nearly 945,000 people worldwide with a message of God’s good news. An audience of 38,000 people from across the country packed the stadium, while more than 907,000 people in America and in 83 countries tuned in to the live broadcast of the event.

“Two thousand years ago, God sent His Son on a rescue operation to planet earth,” said Laurie to the assembled crowd in the University of Phoenix Stadium and those watching online.

“Jesus came to pay a debt He did not owe, because we owed a debt we could not pay. Jesus Himself said, ‘For God so loved the world He gave His only begotten Son that whosoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.’ Christ died for you.”

At the end of the evening, 2,904 people walked down to the floor of the University of Phoenix Stadium to indicate their decision to follow Jesus Christ. It is estimated that 4,324 made commitments online or at host locations nationwide. An additional 310 made a profession of faith through outreach events in the Phoenix area the day before the event, bringing the total to 7,538 who put their faith in Jesus through Harvest America.

All who responded and requested spiritual help are being thoroughly and immediately followed up with by both local churches and by Harvest. Producing “lasting fruit” through the mechanism of the local church has always been at the heart of every Harvest evangelistic event.

Harvest Crusades with Greg Laurie will hold its next outreach, 2017 SoCal Harvest, at Angel Stadium in Anaheim, California, Aug. 18–20. On June 10, 2018, Harvest Crusades will take Harvest America back to the Dallas Metroplex.

In addition to founding the Harvest Crusades, Laurie also serves as senior pastor of one of the largest churches in America, Harvest Christian Fellowship, which has campuses in Riverside and Irvine, California, and Maui, Hawaii. He serves on the board of directors for the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association.

For complete details on results please visit. https://www.harvest.org/crusades-and-events/past-events.

Pastor Greg Laurie is the author of more than 70 books; is the creator of 3 feature films; hosts the nationally syndicated radio broadcast, A New Beginning; and is the founder of Harvest Crusades, a large-scale evangelistic ministry attended by more than 7.7 people worldwide, both in-person in stadiums & arenas across the U.S., Canada, Australia & New Zealand, and via live satellite broadcasts.

A recap video of Harvest America and the impact of the event weekend is available here.

Website: www.harvest.org | Twitter: @greglaurie

Greg Laurie’s Harvest America Reaches Largest Audience Yet With Global Evangelistic Outreach

Greg Laurie’s Harvest America Reaches Largest Audience Yet With Global Evangelistic Outreach

38,000 Stadium Attendees + 3,758 Live Simulcast Sites Bringing Together Tens of Thousands More + A Worldwide Television and Radio Broadcast + Thousands of Commitments of Faith = Unprecedented Weekend of Hope in Arizona

Glendale, Ariz., June 12, 2017 — Harvest America at the University of Phoenix Stadium on June 11 reached audiences across the country and around the world with a message of God’s love in what became the single largest event in the history of the organization.

Evangelist Greg Laurie took the stage Sunday evening in front of a live audience of 38,000 gathered in Glendale, Arizona, as well as even larger simulcast and broadcast audiences. Before the sun went down in the Valley of the Sun, the gathering had gone down as one of the largest one-day evangelistic events in American history.

“Earlier this year we proclaimed 2017 the ‘Year of Good News’ with the singular mission of bringing the gospel to as many people as possible,” said Greg Laurie, the founder of Harvest America who has been called “the evangelist of the future” by Billy Graham. “Our goal remains to deliver that message through as many channels as possible in order to reach all the way to the ends of the earth, and Harvest America 2017 demonstrated what’s possible in this new world.” Appearing on stage with evangelist Greg Laurie was Phoenix’s own American Idol Jordin Sparks, as well as popular Christian artists NEEDTOBREATHE, MercyMe, Trip Lee, Phil Wickham and NBC The Voice’s Brennley Brown.

In addition to the 38,000 people who attended the free Harvest America outreach at the University of Phoenix Stadium, millions around the world participated in Harvest America 2017 through a live broadcast via Trinity Broadcasting Network (TBN), which this year broadcast Harvest America live for the first time on its global family of networks which spans 174 countries; online streaming via www.HarvestAmerica.com and on World Net Daily; live radio broadcasts carried by more than 600 radio outlets; and live simulcasts to more than 3,758 host locations across the U.S., including churches, homes, and theaters.

The online stream at www.HarvestAmerica.comwas viewed live in 83 countries around the world. The broadcast was additionally available on Facebook LIVE.

All who participated in Harvest America united behind one message, the eternal hope that can be found through a relationship with Jesus Christ, which was presented by Laurie during his talk which answered the question, “what is the meaning of life?” Referencing the story of the prodigal son, Laurie said, “Maybe you don’t know God or maybe, like the prodigal son, you know God but you’ve turned your back on Him. Maybe you have things that should make you happy, but don’t make you happy. What’s the answer? Jesus. The missing piece you are looking for is Jesus Christ, because he will give you the meaning in life that you want.”

Laurie continued, “If you decide to come back to God, He wants to throw his arms around you and say welcome home son, welcome home daughter, I’ve missed you—just like father of prodigal son. The father ran to the son, and that’s what he will do if you come to Him. He accepted the son as he was, in tattered rags. You might think that you need to clean up your life before you come to God, but He says come as you are and he will forgive you, he will accept you, he will change you. You’re not too old or young.”

Laurie preached from one of Billy Graham’s bibles, a bible first given to the Hollywood icon Steve McQueen after his conversion. McQueen is the subject of Laurie’s latest book, Steve McQueen: The Salvation of an American Icon, which releases Tuesday, June 13.

Inviting those in Phoenix and those watching around the world to put their faith in Christ, Laurie urged, “One sin is enough to keep you out of heaven. Every one of us has sinned. God doesn’t grade on a curve, but that’s where Jesus comes in. You must recognize you are a sinner, but then you must recognize that Jesus Christ died on the cross for you. If you want your sins forgiven, if you want your guilt taken away, if you want to find meaning and purpose in your life, come forward. I’m going to ask you to get up out of your seats and make a stand for Jesus Christ.”

At the end of the evening, thousands of people walked down to the floor of the University of Phoenix Stadium to indicate their decision to follow Jesus Christ, and thousands more registered their commitment online or at host locations nationwide.

More than 420 local churches and up to 10,000 volunteers participated in Harvest America 2017, many of whom are members of the Southern Baptist Convention (SBC), which is gathering in Phoenix for its annual convention this week. The SBC and its North American Missions Board (NAMB) collaborated with Harvest America to make the outreach its 29th annual Crossover evangelism event. Crossover support included local community service, street evangelism, and a “Tell Someone” rally held Friday night.

“We are unbelievably grateful for the support of local churches throughout the Valley of the Sun, the Southern Baptist Convention, the North American Mission Board, and especially for Kevin Ezell who saw what we envisioned from the beginning,” said Laurie. “Together, we all worked to bring the Gospel to this community and to bring it from this community throughout the world.”

Before Harvest America 2017, Greg Laurie’s Harvest events had drawn more than 5.7 million people to stadiums and arenas around the world since 1990, with another 1.8 million people attending virtually via the internet.

Harvest Crusades with Greg Laurie will hold its next outreach, 2017 SoCal Harvest, at Angel Stadium in Anaheim, California, Aug. 18 – 20. On June 10, 2018, Harvest Crusades will take Harvest America back to the Dallas Metroplex.

In addition to founding the Harvest Crusades, Laurie also serves as senior pastor of one of the largest churches in America, Harvest Christian Fellowship, which has campuses in Riverside and Irvine, California, and Maui, Hawaii. He serves on the board of directors for the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association.

MEDIA NOTE: For more information about Harvest America 2017, contact Laura McGowan at (847) 347-5206 or at laura@lauramcgowan.com. Photos and other multimedia may be accessed at the Harvest Newsroom at www.newsroom.harvest.org.

Greg Laurie’s Harvest America Outreach To Deliver Hope To Arizona, The Nation, And The World—In One Night

Greg Laurie’s Harvest America Outreach To Deliver Hope To Arizona, The Nation, And The World—In One Night

RIVERSIDE, Calif., June 5, 2017 — When world-renowned evangelist Greg Laurie takes the stage at the University of Phoenix Stadium in Arizona this Sunday, a life-changing message of hope will go global. Harvest America 2017, an unprecedented, one-day evangelistic outreach, will bring the love of Christ “live” to hundreds of millions of people worldwide.

“Just before He returned to Heaven, Jesus instructed His disciples to take His Gospel message to the ends of the earth,” said Greg Laurie, founder of the Harvest America outreach which will be broadcast live via satellite Sunday, June 11, at 5 p.m. PT / 8 p.m. ET from the University of Phoenix Stadium (pre-concert begins at 4:30 p.m. PT). “With state-of-the art technology and the help of our partners, TBN and the Southern Baptist Convention, we are responding to Christ’s challenge with a one-night, global outreach unlike anything done before,” added Laurie, who has been called “the evangelist of the future” by Billy Graham and has been leading Harvest events for more than a quarter century.

Ways to participate in Harvest America 2017:

  • Trinity Broadcasting Network (TBN)Trinity Broadcasting Network (TBN)—Trinity Broadcasting Network (TBN) will broadcast Harvest America live for the first time on its global family of networks, which spans 174 countries and has a potential reach of 1 billion people.
  • Online, live streaming at www.HarvestAmerica.com and on World Net Daily.
  • Live radio broadcasts by more than 600 outlets.
  • Live simulcast to thousands of host locations across the U.S., including churches, homes, and theaters.

While technology will be used to reach a national and international audience, hands and feet will be at work reaching those in the Phoenix area. Thousands of volunteers from the Southern Baptist Convention’s annual meeting, which will take place in Phoenix just after Harvest America, will serve in various capacities to engage and interact with attendees and the wider community before, during and after the one-night event.

In addition to the message of hope delivered by Laurie, Harvest America will feature music from top name Christian artists including NEEDTOBREATHE, MercyMe, Jordin Sparks, Trip Lee, Phil Wickham and Brennley Brown. Harvest America is free to attend and open to all who come—in person, online, or via the live satellite broadcast.

Founded in 1990 by Greg Laurie, pastor of Harvest Christian Fellowship in Riverside and Irvine, Calif., and Maui, Hawaii, Harvest Crusade events have been attended by more than 7.6 million people worldwide, both in-person and via live Internet broadcasts. In 2012, a new nationwide simulcast called Harvest America was born, expanding the reach of the gospel even further. The 2016 Harvest America event, held at AT&T Stadium in Dallas, was live streamed to more than 7,200 remote host locations and drew a combined 357,000 participants, making it the largest one-day live evangelistic event in American history.

MEDIA NOTE: For more information about Harvest America 2017 or to arrange an interview with a Harvest America organizer or a local volunteer, contact Laura McGowan at (847) 347-5206 or laura@lauramcgowan.com, or visit the Harvest Newsroom at www.harvest.org/newsroom.