Asbury’s Faith & Family Night Draws Season-Best Crowd – Asbury University
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July 25, 2016

Guitarist and singers making music on stage
Faith & Family Night featured a concert by national-recording artists 7eventh Time Down.

A summer tradition for thousands of fans across Central Kentucky, Asbury University’s sixth-annual Faith & Family Night at Whitaker Bank Ballpark in Lexington drew a season-best crowd for baseball, fireworks and a concert on Saturday.

With 8,123 guests attending — including a record 40 youth groups — Faith & Family Night featured a professional baseball game (the Lexington Legends versus the Columbia Fireflies), a fireworks show and a concert by 7eventh Time Down, a nationally-recognized Christian band.

Asbury alumni, students, faculty and staff turned out for Faith & Family Night as well, packing a special Asbury section. Asburians also participated in the event, with ceremonial first pitches thrown by alumnus Charlie Shepard ’99, “future Asburians” Keegan Shepard and Liam Shepard and current student Cynthia Moberly ’17. Throughout the evening, guests enjoyed an opening prayer by Madison Farrar ’18, the national anthem and “God Bless America” sung by Dylan Harrison ’17 and an equine demonstration by Holly Roe ‘18 and Deborah Daflucas ’18.

“I’m loving the family atmosphere, from the ballgame to all the other festivities,” said Margaret Gibson, who came to Faith & Family Night with a church group from Richmond, Ky. “The fact that so many people are here under one umbrella — for a faith-based event — makes it really special.”

Charlie Shepard and his two sons throwing the first pitch at a baseball game
Charlie Shepard ’99 and sons Keegan and Liam kick off the event with ceremonial first pitches.

Following the game, guests enjoyed a fireworks show and a high-energy concert by Christian band 7eventh Time Down, whose song “God is on the Move” tops nationwide Christian radio charts.

“We can’t thank Asbury enough for this opportunity,” said Austin Miller, drummer for 7eventh Time Down. “Being from Kentucky, it was a real privilege to be able to play for a Kentucky crowd.” 

Liz Stephan ’09, staff assistant in Asbury’s alumni office, says the event is a great opportunity for the Asbury community to come together for fellowship and encouragement, as well as a gift to the local community.

“I love being part of such a fun atmosphere,” Stephan said. “Getting to hang out with co-workers outside work, meeting their kids and spouses and enjoying some baseball makes it a great time. It’s wholesome fun in a clean environment — just one more way Asbury reaches out to be a positive influence in the community.”