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Harvest America is an annual live nationwide event, which this year will be streamed from the University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Arizona, to thousands of participating host locations across the country—including churches, theaters, businesses, and living rooms. Featuring performances by top Christian artists and a clear gospel presentation by Greg Laurie, the goal of Harvest America is to impact a nation desperately in need of hope.
Harvest America 2017, June 11
University of Phoenix Stadium
1 Cardinals Drive, Glendale, Arizona
Begins at 5:00 p.m. nightly (gates open at 2:00 p.m.)
NEEDTOBREATHE, MercyMe, Jordin Sparks, Trip Lee, Phil Wickham and Brennley Brown
Harvest America 2017 is free & open to the public. The University of Phoenix Stadium charges $10 for car parking and $20 for bus parking.
Harvest America 2017 will be interpreted in Spanish. Signing for the deaf will be provided.
More than 400 Valley of the Sun area churches of a variety of denominations will be involved in Harvest America 2017. Some 7,000 volunteers will serve in a variety of capacities during the Harvest America outreach, from stage set-up to ushers to follow-up workers.
Founded in 1990 by Greg Laurie, pastor of Harvest Christian Fellowship® in Riverside and Irvine, Calif., and Maui, Hawaii, the 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.
Harvest Crusades with Greg Laurie are not affiliated with any individual church or denomination. Instead, they are supported financially by hundreds of churches of various denominations and by thousands of individuals around the country.
Harvest America Musician/Emcee Bios
LEVI LUSKO, HARVEST AMERICA EMCEE:
Levi Lusko is the author of the bestselling book Through the Eyes of a Lion, pastor of Fresh Life Church (a multisite church in Montana and Utah that he and his wife pioneered in 2007), and the founder of Skull Church and the O2 Experience. Levi travels around the world speaking about Jesus. He takes pleasure in small things, such as black coffee, new shoes, fast Internet, and falling asleep in the sun. He and his wife, Jennie, have four daughters: Alivia, Daisy, Clover, and Lenya, who is in heaven—and are expecting their first boy this year. Levi’s new book, Swipe Right, released in February 2017.
NEEDTOBREATHE and their “anthemic Southern rock” sound has received national attention both in and out of the Christian music scene. Their album, The Outsiders, was featured in numerous blockbuster films and prime-time television shows. Winner of multiple GMA Dove Awards, NEEDTOBREATHE has a reputation as a must-see live act. The band’s album, The Reckoning, debuted at No. 6 on the Billboard 200 chart. NEEDTOBREATHE is passionate about carefully composing songs with a deeper meaning, addressing serious themes relevant to the brokenhearted and downtrodden.
Formed in 1994, MercyMe found its way into the spotlight with its subsequent release of “I Can Only Imagine,” which gained popularity in both Christian and mainstream markets. Since then, MercyMe has continued to produce top-quality albums as a Multi-Platinum band and has enjoyed several Grammy nominations and multiple Dove awards. In 2009, Billboard named MercyMe’s “Word of God Speak” the No. 1 Christian Song of the Decade. Their eighth studio album, released in 2012, The Hurt & The Healer, debuted at No. 7 on the Billboard 200 chart and was written as a reminder to people that they are redeemed and sanctified in Jesus Christ. Their spectacular collection has only been enhanced by the addition of their newest album, Lifer (March 2017).
Jordin Sparks’ rise to fame kicked off in 2007 at age 17, when she won the sixth season of American Idol, and became the youngest winner in the series’ history. Her self-titled debut studio album released later that year, was certified platinum, and has sold over two million copies worldwide. Sparks’ second studio album, Battlefield (2009), debuted at Number 7 on the Billboard 200 chart. Throughout her career, Sparks has won numerous awards, including an NAACP Image Award, a BET Award, an American Music Award, a People’s Choice Award, and two Teen Choice Awards. Her third studio album, Right Here Right Now, was released in August 2015. Though she remembers accepting Christ at an early age, Sparks admits that Jesus “was not the center, like He should have been . . . I wasn’t seeking Him like I should have been, I was only leaning on Him when times got tough . . . I was relying on my own strength.” But at an Easter service in 2016, she recommitted her life to Jesus, and now says, “Jesus does His best work when you’re broken, and He puts the pieces back together.”
Trip Lee is an acclaimed rapper, author, pastor, and Brag Ministry founder who delivers a clarion call to listeners everywhere to rise from the dead and actually live. This theme is captured in his fifth and newest album, Rise. While many rappers are known for bragging about themselves and their own accomplishments, Lee asks, “What if when I brag, I’m not talking about me, but I use everything in my life to point to God and honor him? That [is] the idea.” Over the past decade, Lee has released four other full-length albums, selling more than 250,000 copies collectively. The culmination of these albums was his 2012 release, The Good Life, which spawned a book by the same name and received two 2013 Dove Award nominations. Lee was recently featured on the cover of Christianity Today for their “33 under 33″ edition.
Singer, songwriter, and worship leader Phil Wickham is no stranger to Harvest Crusades. Having grown up in Southern California, Phil attended this annual event held at Anaheim Stadium for many years. Phil began writing songs and leading worship when he was 12 years old. His song “This Is the Day” serves as the intro track for Greg Laurie’s radio broadcast, A New Beginning, as well as his television program, GregLaurie.tv. Phil’s single “This Is Amazing Grace” topped charts for weeks on end, took top honor of Song of the Year at the 2015 BMI Christian Music Awards, and continues to inspire spontaneous worship in hearts all over the globe.
At age 15, Brennley Brown has surprised America with her incredible voice and delightful personality as a contestant in The Voice Season 12, where her strong performance pleased the judges and she made it to the final eight. The sheer purity, power, and control of her voice, combined with her emotive performances leave a lasting impression on all who hear her. Brown sees her opportunities to sing publicly as a chance to let her light shine and share God’s love with others. Specializing in country music, Brown hails from Apple Valley, California.
Harvest: Where Hearts and Communities Flourish
Harvest Crusades—also known as Harvest with Greg Laurie events—are faith-building, soul-stirring gatherings that not only change lives, but unite entire communities. Hosted by hundreds of local churches in cities around the world, the Harvest Crusades bring diverse communities of faith together to share the love of God with those around them. Like any large event, Harvest takes significant planning, collaboration and cooperation, as well as good old-fashioned hard work. But when the work is done, lives flourish spiritually.
“Jesus told us there is great joy in Heaven when a person trusts in Him. So there certainly should be joy in having a role in introducing that person to Christ,” says Greg Laurie, founder of Harvest Crusades.
SOME PREPARE: Months in advance, hundreds of local churches from various denominations unite to form a hosting committee to invite Harvest Crusades to their city and organize local outreach.
SOME SEED: Some 825,000 invitations to Harvest America 2017 at the University of Phoenix Stadium will be distributed, many of them hand-delivered by evangelism teams from local churches. In addition, the Southern Baptist Convention and its North American Mission Board are partnering with Harvest America 2017, and have selected it as the focus of their annual “Crossover” outreach event, taking place just prior to the Southern Baptist Convention’s national meeting in Phoenix in June.
SOME CULTIVATE: 7,000 people will volunteer at Harvest America 2017. Whether they are setting up the stage, handing out programs, or serving as follow-up workers, each and every volunteer is invested in the effort. After the outreach, local churches follow up with attendees who made the decision to commit their lives to Christ and invite them into community.
ALL SHARE THE HARVEST: In one weekend, thousands of hearts and lives can be transformed in a community, as well as around the globe.
AROUND THE GLOBE: Harvest events are live streamed, giving local communities one more way to invite people to participate.To date, nearly 7.7 million people have attended Harvest Crusade events worldwide, either in-person or via live Internet broadcasts, and 492,743 people have professed faith in Jesus Christ as a result.
ACROSS AMERICA: Hundreds of thousands of people across the country have participated in Harvest’s evangelism campaign called Harvest America, where the message of the gospel presented at Harvest Crusades events is taken to multiple sites across the U.S. and around the world via satellite and a live streaming webcast. The 2016 Harvest America outreach at AT&T Stadium in Dallas, was live streamed to more than 7,200 remote host locations around the world, with combined attendance of 357,000, making it the largest one-day live evangelistic event in American history.
EDITOR’S NOTE: Harvest America Phoenix 2017 staff and volunteers are available for interviews. Please contact Laura McGowan at (847) 347-5206 or at [email protected] for more information.