The 2015 SoCal Harvest Will Return to Angel Stadium of Anaheim, Aug. 28 – 30, Featuring a Nightly Message from Pastor & Evangelist Greg Laurie, Music from Top Christian Artists
By Dan Wooding, Founder of the ASSIST News Service
RIVERSIDE, CA (ANS CA – August 7, 2015) — When Harvest Crusades with Greg Laurie hosts its annual evangelistic outreach at Angel Stadium of Anaheim, Aug. 28 – 30—this year called the 2015 SoCal Harvest—the long time event, which has been a summer staple in Southern California since 1990, will make its singular message of hope accessible to new audiences by utilizing virtually every form of media imaginable.
According to a news release from Laura McGowan Communications (http://www.lauramcgowan.com/), in addition to the tens of thousands of people expected to gather at Angel Stadium over three nights to hear straight talk about faith from Greg Laurie and music from top Christian artists including THIRD DAY, Citizens & Saints, Phil Wickham, Lecrae, Lacey Sturm, and Jeremy Camp, a large audience across the U.S. and around the world will be able to participate in the 2015 SoCal Harvest via live and archived Internet broadcasts (www.harvest.org).
Audiences from Irvine to Africa will also be able to access the 2015 SoCal Harvest via radio broadcasts, live and pre-recorded television programs, digital media like Roku, podcasts and live blog updates, as well as through various forms of social media including Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. Last year, 62,733 people from all 50 states and 121 countries watched the Anaheim outreach online during a single weekend.
New this year, Harvest Crusades will partner with top Spanish Christian radio network Radio Nueva Vida to broadcast Greg Laurie’s message from the 2015 SoCal Harvest in a nightly one-hour program that will air live on 49 stations.
The 2015 SoCal Harvest will be interpreted in Spanish onsite at Angel Stadium via headset transmission and, for the first time, Spanish speakers at the stadium who desire translation via smart phone will be able to access this service through the Radio Nueva Vida app.
Southern California pastor and evangelist Greg Laurie has spoken at each Harvest Crusades event over the past 26 years, sharing the Gospel message with more than 6.9 million people worldwide, both in-person at stadiums and arenas and via live Internet broadcasts.
“The constant growth and expansion of new technology and media is exciting and something we want to be a part of since it provides the Harvest Crusades with new platforms from which to deliver a message of hope to a hurting world,” said Laurie. “The message of the Gospel is timeless; it never changes, even though the method of delivery does.”
Even in the weeks leading up to the 2015 SoCal Harvest, the organization will combine music, video, staging, and a message into a multimedia experience during its brand new Uprising Tour, a series of one-night events that will take place in locales throughout Orange County, Los Angeles, and the Inland Empire in July and August. The Uprising Tour is designed to engage and encourage people throughout the Southland to impact their communities through the 2015 SoCal Harvest by praying and inviting others, and will give a preview of the upcoming Harvest Crusades at Angel Stadium.
Volunteer sign-ups for the 2015 SoCal Harvest will be available at each stop on the Uprising Tour, and the full tour schedule is available at: uprising.harvest.org.
Tuning in and Logging on to the 2015 SoCal Harvest:
* Internet broadcasts and blog accounts, www.harvest.org: All three nights of the 2015 SoCal Harvest will be broadcast live via the Internet, and will also be archived.
* Radio: All three nights of the 2015 SoCal Harvest will air locally on KFSH-FM and KKLA-FM, and via satellite across the country on CSN Radio.
* Television: Each night of the 2015 SoCal Harvest will air live on God TV (www.god.tv/tunein/usa) with the ability to reach some 262 million U.S. and international households. A delayed version of the program airs within a prime time period, in every time zone on earth, within 24 hours after each night’s event. JUCE-TV, a part of the Trinity Broadcasting Network, will air each night of the SoCal Harvest on a two-hour delay.
* Digital Media: Harvest has a dedicated channel for those using Roku streaming players (channel: Harvest Greg Laurie), where users can access all live streamed and archived Harvest events. The Greg Laurie Roku channel is currently installed on 47,136 accounts.
* Podcasts: Video podcasts of each night’s message at the 2015 SoCal Harvest will be made available on Greg Laurie Audio and Greg Laurie Video at podcast.harvest.org.
* Social Media: “Behind the scenes” accounts of the 2015 SoCal Harvest will be available on Facebook (www.facebook.com/harvestcrusades), Instagram (harvest_org or search #HarvestSoCal) and Twitter (www.twitter.com/harvest_org).
2015 SoCal Harvest Schedule of Events:
All events will take place at Angel Stadium of Anaheim and are free and open to the public. Doors open 90 minutes in advance of each program.
Friday, August 28, starting at 7 p.m., will feature a message from evangelist Greg Laurie and music from THIRD DAY, Citizens & Saints, Phil Wickham, and the Harvest Crusade Band.
Saturday, August 29, starting at 7 p.m., will feature a message from evangelist Greg Laurie and music from Lecrae, Lacey Sturm, and Phil Wickham.
Sunday, August 30, beginning at 7 p.m., will feature a message from Greg Laurie and music from Jeremy Camp, Phil Wickham, and the Harvest Crusade Band.
The 2015 SoCal Harvest begins at 7 p.m. each evening (gates open at 5:30 p.m.) and is free of charge. 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 deaf will be provided.
With a trademark ability to present a clear gospel message in a culturally relevant format, drawing on the latest in current events, contemporary Christian music, and technology, Greg Laurie has been called the “evangelist of the future” by Billy Graham. In addition to founding the Harvest Crusades—the longest-running annual evangelistic outreach in U.S. history—Laurie also serves as senior pastor of one of the largest churches in America, Harvest Christian Fellowship, which has campuses in Riverside and Irvine, Calif. He serves on the board of directors for the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association.
MEDIA NOTE: For more information about the 2015 SoCal Harvest events, or to arrange an interview, contact Laura McGowan at (847) 347-5206 or at firstname.lastname@example.org, or access the Harvest Newsroom at www.newsroom.harvest.org.
Photo captions: 1) Greg Laurie. 2) A section of the crowd. 3) Phil Wickham. 4) Dan Wooding with Greg Laurie afterDan had interviewed him.
About the writer: Dan Wooding, 74, is an award-winning author, broadcaster and journalist who was born in Nigeria of British missionary parents, and is now living in Southern California with his wife Norma, to whom he has been married for 52 years. They have two sons, Andrew and Peter, and six grandchildren who all live in the UK. He has written some 45 books. Dan also hosts three TV programs, His Channel Live on www.hischannel.com), Inside Hollywood with Dan Wooding, a 13-part series which is still be worked on with Tim Hathaway, and Windows on the World with Dan Wooding and Pam Christian, which will begin air on Monday, August 10, on www.hsbn.tv. He also hosts the week Front Page Radio show on the KWVE Radio Network (www.kwve.com), which is also broadcast on several other stations in the US, UK and Belize.
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