Devon Dispatch News
March 31, 2006
Ladies and gentlemen, give it up for God.
Billy Graham's Wild Rose Celebration is coming to town and they'll
be here to rock out - Gospel style.
The event will feature performances by Rebecca St. James, Tree63
and Duggie Dug Dug as well a Gospel message from Billy Graham's
grandson, Will Graham. It will be held at the Black Gold
Arena in Leduc April 7 to 9.
A year and a half ago, several churches in Leduc and Devon decided
to invite the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association to share their
message with residents. They are now actively involved with
helping to plan and organize the event. Pastor Mark Williams
of the Family Worship Centre in Leduc, said his church wanted to
bring the Wild Rose Celebration to town because they believe so
strongly in what Billy Graham represents.
"He was a man of integrity all his life," said Williams of the
world-renowned preacher who is now 87 years-old. "We knew him
as a man of respect so we wanted to work with that group of
He added that the goal of holding the event is to encourage those
who have already found God, and to show Him to those who have
Involved churches are helping to arrange event volunteers as well
as set up logistics such as sound and lighting.
Ken Anderson, project manager for the Wild Rose Celebration, said
one of the purposes of the event is to bring together community
churches of all denominations to work on a common project. Members
of these churches are asked to come to the celebration and bring
along friends and family.
"It's based on Operation Andrew," said Anderson. "(Andrew)
was a fellow who brought his friends to Christ. We are asking
people to do the same."
He stressed that everyone in the community is welcome to the
The event will begin Friday April 7 with a musical performance and
a Gospel message from Will Graham. Saturday morning will
feature children's performer Duggie Dug Dug, while the evening will
feature youth material, including a musical presentation from
Tree63. Sunday night wraps up with a performance by Kim
Haller. Will Graham will be in attendance all three days.
The Billy Graham Evangelistic Association of Canada