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‘Welcome to the family of God’: SoCal Harvest celebrates 30th anniversary with 8,677 professions of faith

‘Welcome to the family of God’: SoCal Harvest celebrates 30th anniversary with 8,677 professions of faith

“I keep doing these crusades year after year because I want to take as many people with me to heaven as I possibly can.”
— Greg Laurie

ANAHEIM, Calif.SoCal Harvest is celebrating its 30th anniversary of holding crusades in Southern California the same way it did after its first crusade in 1990: with thousands of changed lives.

The three-night outreach event drew 100,000 people to Angel Stadium, where they enjoyed performances by Grammy Award and Dove Award-winning artists, fireworks, celebrity guest appearances and a military appreciation ceremony. But the highlight of the weekend was Greg Laurie’s nightly presentation of the gospel.

Each night he invited attendees to make a profession of faith, and each night thousands responded. As the sun set over Angel Stadium on Sunday, 3,852 people had gotten up from their seats and walked onto the field to make a public profession of faith, bringing the total number of decisions to follow Jesus throughout the weekend to 8,677.

“Welcome to the family of God,” read the scoreboards at Angel Stadium as fireworks lit the evening sky in celebration.

Fireworks light Angel Stadium as 3,852 attendees respond to gospel invitation. (credit: Harvest)

Laurie, who this weekend focused his messages on the theme of hope, delivered a message titled “Happiness, Hope and Heaven.”

“Don’t put your hope in technology. Don’t put your hope in material things. Don’t put your hope in politicians. Don’t put your hope even in religion.

“Hope has a name, and it’s Jesus Christ, and he is here with us tonight, and he is ready to change the course of your life,” Laurie said.

Attendees sing along at SoCal Harvest 2019. (credit: Harvest)

Earlier in the evening, Laurie interviewed MLB All-Star and World Series Champion Darryl Strawberry, who shared about his upbringing in a home with an alcoholic father, successful baseball career and struggles with substance abuse and addiction. At the lowest points in his life, Strawberry was sentenced to time in jail and sent to rehab, but upon being released, he met his wife Tracy who helped him find faith in Jesus.

Speaking of his struggles, Strawberry said, “Whatever is killing you, Jesus already killed it.”

Greg Laurie interviews MLB All-Star and World Series Champion Darryl Strawberry at SoCal Harvest. (credit: Harvest)

The final evening of SoCal Harvest featured music by Grammy Award-winning singer-songwriter Chris Tomlin, Newsboys and Phil Wickham. Author and radio host Eric Metaxas offered an opening prayer. The evening ended with a firework show over Angel Stadium.

SoCal Harvest 2019 was the 30th crusade in a row Harvest has put on in Southern California, making it the longest-running evangelistic outreach event in U.S. history. The first two evenings featured performances by Grammy Award-winning pop duo for KING & COUNTRY, hip-hop artist Lecrae, Dove Award-winning singer-songwriter Jeremy Camp, the Passion worship band, guitarist Dennis Agajanian and Graham Saber.

On opening night, Harvest honored military members with a special ceremony that included a U.S. flag unfurled across the stadium’s field as Brennley Brown, finalist of The Voice, sang “God Bless America.” Former Navy SEAL and Actor Remi Adeleke and Actress Madeline Carroll of the smash hit “I Can Only Imagine” offered opening prayers. Laurie also interviewed film director Jon Erwin along with Jeremy Camp about “I Still Believe,” a new film about Camp’s life that is coming out in March.

Attendees respond to altar call at SoCal Harvest. (credit: Harvest)

SoCal Harvest 2019 also was the kick-off event of Harvest’s 2020 Vision to launch a “Jesus Revolution” through crusades in Southern California and Boise, Idaho. The tour will end with a crusade in 2021 at Los Angeles Stadium at Hollywood Park, currently under construction. The Harvest team wants to reach over 1 million people and see 100,000 professions of faith through the crusades.

Since 1990, Harvest crusades have been held in the United States, Canada, New Zealand and Australia. More than 8 million people have attended Laurie’s crusades in person or via broadcast online and on TV. More than 500,000 people have made professions of faith in Christ at Harvest crusades.

“I keep doing these crusades year after year because I want to take as many people with me to heaven as I possibly can,” Laurie said.

To read the latest news of Greg Laurie and SoCal Harvest, visit Harvest’s newsroom. For historic photos of the crusade (from 1990-2010) follow this link.

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Greg Laurie is an American author and evangelist who serves as the senior pastor of Harvest Christian Fellowship in Riverside, California, Harvest Church at Kumulani in Kapalua, Hawaii, and Harvest Orange County in Irvine, California. Laurie’s latest book, “Johnny Cash: The Redemption of an American Icon,” releases in August. You can learn more about Greg Laurie and Harvest at harvest.org.

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28,000 show up to first night of SoCal Harvest, more than 2,100 make professions of faith

28,000 show up to first night of SoCal Harvest, more than 2,100 make professions of faith

ANAHEIM, Calif.SoCal Harvest, the annual evangelistic outreach started by pastor, evangelist and bestselling author Greg Laurie, kicked off its 30th anniversary crusade Friday at the Angel Stadium. The event, which has become a Southern California tradition, drew 28,000 people, with 2,150 making a profession of faith.

“You don’t clean your life up and come to Christ. You come to Christ and he will clean your life up,” Laurie said in a message that addressed America’s record high levels of suicide, opioid addiction and anxiety.

“Heaven is not for perfect people,” Laurie said. “Heaven is for forgiven people. You can be forgiven tonight.”

Attendees respond to gospel invitation at SoCal Harvest. (credit: Harvest)

The first evening of the three-night weekend event featured a military appreciation ceremony and performances by Grammy-winning pop duo for KING & COUNTRY, the Passion worship band and guitarist-songwriter Dennis Agajanian.

Brennley Brown, the 17-year-old finalist of The Voice, sang a moving rendition of “God Bless America” during a military appreciation ceremony that included fireworks and a flag presentation. Dozens of active duty members, reserves and veterans unfurled a U.S. flag that covered about half of the Angel Stadium’s field. After the flag presentation, Former Navy SEAL and Actor Remi Adeleke offered an opening prayer.

“We want to kick off this year’s event with a special tribute to those who serve us,” Laurie said and added, “You know we talk about heroes … but a hero is someone who is willing to put their life on the line, and as far as I’m concerned anyone who takes on the uniform to serve us in the armed services is a hero.”

Military members unfurl U.S. flag on Angel Stadium field during SoCal Harvest. (credit: Harvest)

Laurie also spoke about the need for spiritual revival in America for which Harvest is preparing by launching a series of crusades in Southern California, Boise, Idaho, and Los Angeles over the next 20 months. The Harvest team wants to reach over one million people and see 100,000 professions of faith through the crusades.

“The only hope for America is a spiritual awakening, and the only hope is the message of the gospel because Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today and forever,” Laurie said.

Greg Laurie speaking at SoCal Harvest on Friday. (credit: Harvest)

SoCal Harvest continues this weekend with performances from Grammy-winning rapper Lecrae, Jeremy Camp, Phil Wickham, Newsboys and Chris Tomlin, along other musical groups. Gates open at 5 p.m. on Saturday, and the event begins at 7 p.m. Admission to the event is free, but there is a $15 charge per car for parking at the venue.

Harvest also will host a youth tailgate party on Saturday from 2-5 p.m. at Angel Stadium’s parking lot. The party will include a skate park, rock climbing walls, video game trucks, Apple product giveaways and a live DJ and freestyle motocross (FMX) show.

SoCal Harvest is streamed online throughout the weekend on Facebook Live, YouTube Live, Apple TV, CBN and through various broadcast and streaming services. To learn more about SoCal Harvest, visit https://harvest.org/socal-harvest-2019.


MEDIA:
 
Press is welcome to SoCal Harvest. Please email [email protected] for media instructions for arrival and access to the venue.

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Greg Laurie is an American author and evangelist who serves as the senior pastor of Harvest Christian Fellowship in Riverside, California, Harvest Church at Kumulani in Kapalua, Hawaii, and Harvest Orange County in Irvine, California. Laurie’s latest book, “Johnny Cash: The Redemption of an American Icon,” releases in August. You can learn more about Greg Laurie and Harvest at harvest.org.

SoCal Harvest 30th anniversary crusade comes to Anaheim’s Angel Stadium, Aug. 23-25

SoCal Harvest 30th anniversary crusade comes to Anaheim’s Angel Stadium, Aug. 23-25

ANAHEIM, Calif. – SoCal Harvest, an evangelistic crusade started by pastor, evangelist and bestselling author Greg Laurie, is coming to the Angel Stadium of Anaheim, Aug. 23-25. It will be the 30th year in a row that Laurie hosts the crusade, an event that has become not only a cherished Southern California tradition but also the longest-running evangelistic outreach in the U.S.

“I have to admit, it's pretty surprising,” Laurie told the Christian Post in a recent interview. “I never thought 30 years ago, we would still be doing these, especially on the scale that we're doing them. You know, since we started 30 years ago, we've gone all around the country and around the world, and have seen the power of the Gospel on display.

“But to think that we're still in Southern California 30 years later, in the same basic venue, which is the Angel Stadium … I've never heard of anything like this happening anywhere else.”

SoCal Harvest is a free, three-night event featuring performances by leading Christian artists and an evening message by Laurie. This year, for KING & COUNTRY, Passion, Lecrae, Jeremy Camp, Phil Wickham, Newsboys and Chris Tomlin, along other musical groups, will lead worship. On opening night, Brennley Brown of The Voice will sing “God Bless America” during a military appreciation ceremony that will include the unfurling of an American flag across the stadium’s field.

Laurie, whom Billy Graham called the “evangelist of the future,” has preached the gospel in person to millions of people throughout his life. Looking at the current state of America — recent mass shootings, political polarization and record levels of opioid addiction, depression and suicide — Laurie says people, especially the younger generations, need to hear a message of hope.

“I think there's just a lot of people out there that don't understand why there's still a hole in their heart, even when they've checked all the boxes that they think they should check to be happy. I myself used to drink. I myself used to use drugs. And I know how empty I was. Christ-filled that hole in my heart,” Laurie told the Christian Post.

Since 1990, Harvest Crusades have been held in the United States, Canada, New Zealand and Australia. More than 8 million people have attended Laurie’s crusades in person or via broadcast online and on TV, and an estimated 535,736 people have made professions of faith in Christ through Harvest Crusades since 1990.

SoCal Harvest will be streamed online on Facebook Live, YouTube Live, Apple TV and through various broadcast and streaming services. To learn more about SoCal Harvest, visit https://harvest.org/socal-harvest-2019.

EVENT DETAILS:
SoCal Harvest, Aug. 23-25
SoCal Harvest is free to the public and is designed for all ages. All times below are local.

Admission: Free (stadium charges $15 to park)
Translations: Spanish, Sign Language
Gates open: Fri/Sat 5 p.m., Sun: 4 p.m.
Event begins: Fri/Sat: 7 p.m., Sun: 6 p.m.
Event ends: Fri/Sat: 9:15 p.m., Sun: 8:15 p.m.
Location: Angel Stadium of Anaheim, 2000 E Gene Autry Way, Anaheim, CA 92806

SCHEDULE:
Friday, Aug. 23, at 7 p.m. (Military Appreciation Night)

  • Greg Laurie
  • for KING & COUNTRY
  • Passion
  • Dennis Agajanian
  • Military Appreciation Night
    • Special salute to military members
    • Flag presentation
    • Music by Brennley Brown
    • Veterans, reserves and active-duty military members sign up here

Saturday, Aug. 24, at 7 p.m. (Youth Tailgate Party)

  • Greg Laurie
  • Graham Saber
  • Lecrae
  • Jeremy Camp
  • SoCal Youth Tailgate Party, 2-5 p.m., at Angel Stadium Parking Lot
    • Skate Park
    • Rock Climbing Walls
    • Video Game Trucks
    • DJ
    • Apple product giveaways
    • Reserved seating in the stadium

Sunday, Aug. 25, at 6 p.m.

  • Greg Laurie
  • Darryl Strawberry (Special Guest)
  • Phil Wickham
  • newsboys
  • Chris Tomlin

PRESS:
Please email [email protected] for media information for covering SoCal Harvest.

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Greg Laurie is an American author and evangelist who serves as the senior pastor of Harvest Christian Fellowship in Riverside, California, Harvest Church at Kumulani in Kapalua, Hawaii, and Harvest Orange County in Irvine, California. Laurie’s latest book, “Johnny Cash: The Redemption of an American Icon,” releases in August.

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Greg Laurie to Host 30th Annual SoCal Harvest Crusade Aug. 23-25 at Anaheim’s Angel Stadium

Greg Laurie to Host 30th Annual SoCal Harvest Crusade Aug. 23-25 at Anaheim’s Angel Stadium

ANAHEIM, Calif. – Greg Laurie, bestselling author and senior pastor of Harvest Christian Fellowship of California and Hawaii, will host his 30th annual SoCal Harvest Crusade at the Angel Stadium of Anaheim, Calif., Aug. 23 - 25.

 

 

Called by Billy Graham the “evangelist of the future,” Laurie has preached the gospel in person to millions of people throughout his life. His crusades in Southern California are the longest-running evangelistic outreach in American history.

Greg Laurie speaking at SoCal Harvest 2018 (Credit: Harvest)

SoCal Harvest will feature three days of performances by renowned Christian artists Passion, For King & Country, Graham Saber, Lecrae, Jeremy Camp, Phil Wickham, Newsboys, Dennis Agajanian and Chris Tomlin. Laurie will speak each night and will invite attendees to ponder questions of meaning, happiness and eternity. 

Special guests will also join Laurie at SoCal Harvest throughout the weekend. On opening night, Friday, Aug. 23, Brennley Brown of The Voice will sing “God Bless America” during a military appreciation ceremony that will include the unfurling of an American flag across the stadium’s field. Darryl Strawberry, author, former MLB All-Star right fielder and co-founder with his wife Tracy of Strawberry Ministries will join Laurie onstage Sunday evening.

The story of Harvest goes back to 1971, when Laurie, at the age of 17, walked away from a life of purposelessness and substance abuse and joined the Jesus Revolution that was sweeping across Southern California. A few years later, he began preaching and formed a small group Bible study. Nearly 46 years later, Laurie’s Bible study has developed into a church of more than 15,000 members across six different campuses in California and Hawaii, making it one of the most influential churches in the United States.

Laurie, a visionary with a heart for people, hosted his first Harvest Crusade in 1990, trailblazing a new approach to evangelism at the time. The 1990 crusade was “a casual evening of high energy music, authentic worship and a clear presentation of a biblical message.”

Since 1990, Harvest Crusades have been held in the United States, Canada, New Zealand and Australia. More than 8 million people have attended Laurie’s crusades in person or via broadcast online and on TV. 

SoCal Harvest 2018 (Credit: Harvest)

But while the Harvest movement has grown exponentially over the decades, its purpose has remained unchanged: reaching people with the gospel. An estimated 535,736 people have made professions of faith in Christ through Harvest Crusades since 1990.

“Looking back,” Laurie says, “I can see God’s hand at work from the very beginning. It has always been a part of God’s plan for us to know him and make him known.”

SoCal Harvest, like every crusade before it, is free to the public and is designed for all ages. No tickets are required for the event. Seating is on a first-come, first-served basis. There will be a $15 per car and a $30 per bus charge for parking at Angel Stadium. 

Spanish and American Sign Language interpretation and special needs and wheelchair seating will be available.

SoCal Harvest will be streamed online on Facebook LiveYouTube Live, Apple TV and through various broadcast and streaming services. To learn more about SoCal Harvest, visit https://harvest.org/socal-harvest-2019.

PRESS: 

Please email [email protected] to request an interview with Greg Laurie.


Greg Laurie is an American author and evangelist who serves as the senior pastor of Harvest Christian Fellowship in Riverside, California, Harvest Church at Kumulani in Kapalua, Hawaii, and Harvest Orange County in Irvine, California. Laurie’s latest book, “Johnny Cash: The Redemption of an American Icon,” releases in August.

**MEDIA ALERT** Greg Laurie to Host His 30th Annual SoCal Harvest Event at Anaheim’s Angel Stadium

**MEDIA ALERT** Greg Laurie to Host His 30th Annual SoCal Harvest Event at Anaheim’s Angel Stadium

SoCal Harvest to be held August 23-25 at Angel Stadium

ANAHEIM, Calif. – Since 1990, Pastor Greg Laurie and his Harvest Ministries have impacted millions of people through their SoCal Harvest events. This year, on his 30th anniversary hosting SoCal Harvest, Pastor Laurie invites the people of Southern California to a free, three-night outreach event featuring music from top Christian artists and a compelling gospel message.

Pastor Laurie will answer some of life's most important questions, such as "What is the meaning of life?" and "What happens when we die?" — and it will happen right where it all began, 30 years ago.

WHO:

  • Pastor Greg Laurie
  • Passion
  • Chris Tomlin
  • newsboys
  • For King and Country
  • Lecrae
  • Jeremy Camp
  • Phil Wickham and more

WHAT:

SoCal Harvest is designed to be an opportunity for Christians to invite family members, coworkers, friends and acquaintances to hear the life-changing message of the gospel in an environment that is entertaining and nonthreatening. Events include nights of worship, encouraging messages and activities for students, families and people of all ages.

More than 9.45 million people have participated in Harvest events in person or online since 1990, with 530,449 of them making professions of faith.

WHEN:

  • August 23-25

WHERE:

  • Angel Stadium of Anaheim
  • 2000 E Gene Autry Way,
  • Anaheim, CA 92806

PRESS:

Please email [email protected] to request an interview with Greg Laurie.


Greg Laurie is an American author and evangelist who serves as the senior pastor of Harvest Christian Fellowship in Riverside, California, Harvest Church at Kumulani in Kapalua, Hawaii, and Harvest Orange County in Irvine, California. Laurie is a best-selling author. His books include “Jesus Revolution: How God Transformed an Unlikely Generation and How He Can Do It Again Today” and “Steve McQueen: The Salvation of an American Icon.”

2018 SoCal Harvest B-Roll Video

2018 SoCal Harvest B-Roll Video

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SoCal 2018 B-Roll 2

SoCal 2018 B-Roll 2

Greg Laurie Photos

Greg Laurie Photos