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Nathan Schock
Breukelman Kubista Group
(605) 334-7500

For Immediate Release

Best-selling Author in U.S. History to Open Nation’s Largest Free Outdoor Christian Music Festival

SIOUX FALLS, S.D., April 28 – Pastor Rick Warren, best-selling author of “The Purpose Driven Life” will be the featured speaker at the opening night of the three-day LifeLight Christian Music Festival, to be held at the festival grounds of Wild Water West in Sioux Falls on Labor Day Weekend, September 1-3, it was announced today by LifeLight Communications.

This will be the ninth year for this annual event marking the end of summer for many families in the Midwest, which last year drew 275,000 people. In addition to Warren, confirmed speakers include international evangelist Luis Palau, Ben Cerullo, Ron Luce and Joe White.

The program will feature approximately 100 performers on six different stages over three days, including such popular Christian artists as Casting Crowns, Kutless, Audio Adrenaline, Jeremy Camp, Tree 63, Rebecca St. James, Casting Pearls, Superchick and Livin It -- the skateboarding tour of actor Stephen Baldwin. Information on additional speakers and musical guests will be posted at

Pastor Warren and his wife, Kay, founded Saddleback Church in Lake Forest, Calif. in 1980 with one family. Today, it comprises an evangelical congregation averaging 22,000 weekly attendees, a 120-acre campus, and over 200 ministries to the community to groups such as prisoners, CEOs, addicts, single parents, and those with HIV/AIDS. Recently the church fed 42,000 homeless people, three meals a day, for 40 days.

Warren also leads the Purpose Driven Network, a global movement of churches in 162 countries. Over 400,000 ministers and priests have been trained worldwide, and 189,000 church leaders subscribe to Ministry Toolbox, his weekly newsletter. His previous book, The Purpose Driven Church, is listed in “100 Christian Books That Changed the 20th Century.”  Forbes magazine called it, “The best book on entrepreneurship, management, and leadership in print.”

Founded in 1998, LifeLight Communications is a faith-based, non-profit organization that facilitates numerous concerts, movies, mission trips, and other events by partnering with churches, businesses and other ministries. The LifeLight Festival, held annually on Labor Day weekend, is their largest event, drawing 275,000 people over four days last year. For more information, please visit


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