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TENTATIVE SCHEDULE SUBJECT TO CHANGE
SOAR 2013 SCHEDULE
Monday, July 1
10am–3:00pm SOAR Serves Mission Arlington
Tuesday, July 2
4:00-5:30 Worship & Session 1
5:30-7:00 Dinner Break & The VILLAGE
7:30-8:30 Ryett Walker Band Concert
9:00-10:30 Worship & Session 2
10:30-12:00 The VILLAGE
Wednesday, July 3
9:00am-10:00 The Panic Squad Comedy
10:30-12:00 Worship & Session 3
12:00-8:00 Fellowship Time
5:00pm-7:30 The VILLAGE Opens
10:00-12:00 The VILLAGE
Midnight Missions Meeting (Ballroom)
Thursday, July 4
9:00am Worship & Session 5
11:00 SOAR 2013 Wrap-up
Aaron Williams serves as the Worship Pastor for the Edge Venue at Fellowship Bible Church. He graduated from Ouachita Baptist University and is currently studying at Western Seminary. Aaron is married to Mallory, and we are thankful to be a part of what God is doing in and through Fellowship Bible Church. Aaron has led SOAR worship for several years and we are excited he agreed to serve again and anticipate God using him in a great way at SOAR 2013.
After serving in campus ministry at the University of Central Arkansas and coordinating student conferences for the Department of Church Ministries from 2000-2005, Scott pastored Wyatt Baptist Church in El Dorado Arkansas. In 2008, Scott’s wife, Jill, passed away in an automobile accident. He recalls, “God used our Church to be Christ to my family and me during that time.” After seven years as pastor, Scott was selected as the Executive Director of DiscipleGuide Church Resources, a department of the Baptist Missionary Association of America. Scott’s most important ministry is to his son, Bryce. They love to play in the backyard and cheer for the Razorbacks together. Scott holds a Bachelor of Arts in Bible from Central Baptist College, a Master’s of Divinity from the BMA Theological Seminary, and is a Doctorate of Ministry candidate at Gordon Conwell Theological Seminary.
Tracy has served as Student Pastor at Bethel Baptist Church in Fulton, Mississippi for the last 10 years. He and his wife, Michelle have been married for 23 years and have three children.
Dustin has been in student and church ministry for 12 years and has a passion to see Christ known in the next generation. He is currently serving as student and family minister at First Baptist Church of Magnolia, Arkansas where he has been for 5 years. He has a beautiful wife, Angela, of eleven years, two daughters, Aria who is 2 years old and Noel born in December. Dustin is a graduate from Central Baptist College with a Bachelors degree in Religious Education.
One listen to Lecrae and it is unashamedly evident that he has a worldview not commonly found in popular Hip Hop. From the south side of Houston to a major platform in the movement of urban reform, a rocky road provides a window into the grace he experienced throughout his life, with every situation molding him into the artist and leader he is today.
Raised by his mother, Lecrae Moore moved around quite often as a youth. San Diego, Denver and Dallas were once home to him and the street life he idolized and pursued. Along the way, like many in the inner city, he was drawn to rapping as a way of communicating his thoughts. But it wasn’t until after high school, when his life’s course changed, that his hobby became a real passion.
At the age of 19, Lecrae attended a conference where he saw hundreds of teenagers who looked and dressed like him, but whose lives were steered by their faith. It was there that he heard the Gospel message and recognized his need for a Savior. Shortly thereafter, stirred by a newfound zeal for Jesus Christ, Lecrae printed his testimony and distributed it across the University of North Texas campus. Five years later, he would team up with Ben Washer, a friend he met while serving with a youth ministry, to found Reach Records with hopes of sharing the Gospel of Christ beyond his local context.
Calling Dallas home, Lecrae had been content using his gifts of speaking and rapping while volunteering at a juvenile detention center, but he was encouraged to share his gifts beyond those walls. Pouring out a genuine discussion of life issues and a passionate, unapologetic pursuit of Jesus Christ, Lecrae released his debut album Real Talk and soon gathered a following. Listeners appreciated his in-your-face delivery of biblical truths and transparent, relatable and encouraging lyrics. He is co-founded Reach Life Ministries in 2005 and in 2006 released After the Music Stops album focusing on Discipleship. His follow up, Rebel, released in 2008, garnered even more success: becoming the first Christian Rap album to ever sit in the No. 1 position on Billboard’s Top Gospel Charts and spending 78 weeks on the Billboard charts.
Lecrae returned in 2010 with an album whose influence extended into mainstream media and culture. Rehab, an honest look at his problems and the only solution to them, broke into the Billboard Top 200 Albums debuting at No. 17, while reaching No. 3 on the Top 10 Albums chart on iTunes. Lecrae also reached No. 1 on the Billboard Contemporary Christian chart and No. 1 on the Billboard Gospel Albums chart. The impact of this album spread across the globe, receiving nominations for several awards including a Grammy for Best Rock/Rap Gospel album.
In 2011, the music industry continued to take notice, with a well-received appearance on the BET Hip Hop Awards Cypher, a feature on Statik Selektah‘s mix tape and collaborations with other mainstream artists and producers. In May 2012, he released the Church Clothes mix tape hosted by Don Cannon and featuring production by Bio-1a, 9th Wonder, S-1 and Street Symphony. The mix tape garnered over 280,000 downloads and debuted at #10 on iTunes as an EP, as well as #10 on the Billboard Gospel Albums chart. In September, Gravity dropped and made waves in several mainstream outlets with 70,490 units sold in its first week making it the #1 Rap Album, #1 Independent Album and #3 on the Billboard 200. The album also ranked as the #1 Christian Album and #1 Gospel Album. To date, Lecrae holds the title as the highest-selling independent artist in first week sales for 2012.
A graduate of the University of North Texas, Lecrae now resides in Atlanta, GA with his wife and children. His passion for impacting urban culture persists. With a musically evolving and successful discography, nationwide tours along with the 116 Clique, and a generation of young believers around the world inspired to live unashamed; Lecrae is humbled by his position in the growing movement to bring truth to every arena. His hope is that Reach’s impact will spread far beyond simply the music and into the lives of individuals across the globe, ultimately exalting Jesus Christ.
Rhett Walker Band
Outspoken son of a preacher was born and raised around the South, his mellow yet animated voice a sure mix of Georgia and the Carolinas. In that drawl, he tells an intense wild oats story tempered by God’s grace, a testimony that fuels the deep-fried rock and deep-down worship on Come To The River. Indeed, Rhett is a shining example of faith, family, and country values today—an experienced man who teaches that grace comes with a calling, a clear message in his transformative single “When Mercy Found Me.”
That old life just about broke me . . . this is my testimony.”
He hopes fellow believers will join him instead of going soft on the defense of God’s absolute truth—a trend Walker sees in today’s church and laments. “What’s right is right, and what’s wrong is wrong,” he says. “I’m headed to conquer. I want this to be a movement. We have all these other people in the world with non-Christian beliefs that aren’t scared to speak their minds. They don’t hide behind anything; neither should Christians.” That isn’t to say Walker lacks compassion for people who don’t think like him—it’s quite the opposite in fact on the album’s most defining cut, “Brother,” an introspective worship duet with All Sons & Daughters’ David Leonard. Built upon a mournful steel guitar and escalating toward eternal hope, they sing about how we’re all beggars and thieves in need of the very same grace.
Sure in his purpose and ready to sing about it, Rhett has seen his past mistakes washed clean at the river. The rebellious teenager has become the courageous family man; those two scared kids who did everything wrong just a few years back are, by God’s grace, striving to do everything right and even counseling other couples now. Still leading worship at his home church, Walker is excited to take Come To The River through every door the Lord will open. “I’m someone living my dream through the grace of God,” he concludes. “I’m blessed with a beautiful wife and two children who have walked with me every step of the way. My faith, my family, and my country are the most important things in my life. Come To The River tells all that.”
Jordan GodsSon Henderson
Jordan was born and raised in Victoria, Texas. Life started out a little rough as he lost some family and friends due to some of the negative influences in their lives. But with the help of a praying mother, God got his attention and transformed him into an awesome man of God. Originally he had other goals in his life but when God got a hold of him his passion for music exploded. He has performed at events in Conway, Arkansas, Dallas, Houston, Tyler, & Kilgore, Texas. Putting his heart into words and sharing the hope of Christ he is an example of true healing and forgiveness in Christ. He takes pride in his name and lives to honor Christ on and off the stage showing others God’s forgiveness.
The Panic Squad
The Panic Squad will serve as SOARs Master of Ceremonies and has wit faster than a speeding bullet! Able to dodge dirty humor in a single bound! The Panic Squad performs CLEAN comedy without sacrificing the FUNNY!
The Panic Squad combines exceptional comedic talent, a love for entertaining and commitment to excellence to create a high quality, professionals that will have you buckled over with laughter. For nearly 15 years The Panic Squad has successfully performed for hundreds of businesses, conferences and top Fortune 500 corporations across the United States and Canada.