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

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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.