Christfest set Saturday at Green Center

Thursday, July 4, 2019

With a goal of presenting the gospel through music, teaching and testimony, Christfest will to Greencastle on Saturday, July 6.

The 4 p.m. show will take place at Kresge Auditorium inside the DePauw University Green Center for Performing Arts.

Christfest is an opportunity for all denominations of all ages to come together and celebrate God’s love.

This the fourth Christfest concert, but the first since 2016.

The series will make its comeback with a lineup featuring Building Nations, Blake Whitely and The Young Escape. The featured speaker will be Jeffrey “JP” Pitts Jr.

Building Nations is a band hailing from Bedford. The group was officially formed in mid-2011 by two brothers, David VanLandingham (lead vocals) and Randy VanLandingham (lead vocals, guitar and keys).

They are joined by their mother Karen “Mama V” VanLandingham (bass), their uncle Dave Higgins (guitar, vocals), Isaac Hawkins (guitar) and Kevin Corra (drums).

Building Nations’ mission is simply reaching the world for Jesus through the gifts and talents that they have been blessed to receive.

A rapper, Blake Whiteley says that after a time of spiritual growth, God called him to continuing pursuing his talent but showed him a new avenue.

“The focus of my music now is to honor God most of all with the lyrics and reflect the light of Christ through my ministry and testimony,” Whitely said. “My goal is to reach people where they are through a means with which they can connect to speak my testimony, real truths and God’s Word into them. Satan and the world are screaming lies into people. I want to scream truth louder.”

Hailing from Southern California, The Young Escape deliver a shot of EDM-infused indie pop and the energetic live show to match.

Comprised of siblings Ryan, McKenna, Kyrsten and Luke Johns, the band’s debut singles “Good Life” and “Neverfade” are an alchemy of modern pop sheen and sophisticated edge, carried to new heights by McKenna’s vocal.

With an average age of 18, TYE speak to the themes of insecurity, anxiety, and pressure facing every kid in the modern age with the hope and escape found in the kinetic spirit of youth at any age.

JP Pitts is lead pastor of The Upper Room of Indianapolis Inc. His testimony includes being visited by the Holy Spirit in 2007, in which he was healed immediately from alcoholism and drug addiction.

Pastor JP has traveled all over to share the good news of the gospel and is a strong voice for mental illness. He believes it is a stigma that needs to be addressed and broken in a real way. He also strives to be a voice for the outcast, rejected and abandoned to give them all back their voice and reveal the heart of God to raise up an awakening to the nations.

Pitts has a passion for the lost and is a Christian rap artist and does spoken word.

Tickets are available at and are $15 for adults in advance of the show or $20 at the door. Group tickets for 10 people or more are available for $10 each. Youth tickets are also $10.

VIP tickets are available for $30 and include a T-shirt and a chance to meet the artists.

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