Don't miss the Ichthus

The ministry known for hosting the longest running Christian music festival in the nation is branching out again with a fall “mini tour.” After the strong success of the “Let it Rain” Tour in March 2005, Ichthus felt another tour was in order.

“Ichthus is about building bridges and building community,” said Jeff James, executive director. “It is our hope to bring these completely free events to areas where we can help build bridges between churches, between groups of youth and between organizations.”

The “Revolution Tour” kicked off Oct. 20 in Washington Court House, Ohio at the Grace Community Church. They then traveled to Toledo, Ohio (Oct. 21 — Calvary Assembly of God). On Oct. 22, they went to Michigan for concerts in Saline, (Oct. 22 — First United Methodist Church of Saline), Detroit, (Oct. 23 — Metropolitan United Methodist Church), and Kalamazoo, (Oct. 26 — Third Reformed Church). On Oct. 28, they head to Indiana and back to Ohio for performances in Greenfield, Ind., (Oct. 28 — Park Chapel Christian Church) and Blue Ash, Ohio (Oct. 29 — Matthew 25 Ministries).

Ichthus will feature Johnny Vermilya, Day of Fire, Alabaster Box and 4th Avenue Jones, among others.

Johnny Vermilya is a former professional soccer player for the Charlotte Eagles who is now an itinerant speaker with Kingdom Building Ministries. He embraces a life of passion and purpose by actually becoming a follower of Christ with all the unpredictability and risk that it entails.

Day of Fire’s front man Joshua Brown gave his life to Christ after spending much of his young life hurling himself against obstacles in his path, bent on self-destruction. Brown is on fire for Christ in his modern life, and the band shares both the hard truths and the tender moments of this process in all of their music.

Aussie band Alabaster Box will be bringing an insurgency of down-under rock to the Revolution Tour. They play more than 200 shows a year overseas and Ichthus is the first to bring them on over to the U.S.

The band, 4th Avenue Jones, has consistently pushed the boundaries of its sound with a groundbreaking blend of rock, soul and Hip Hop influences.

This year’s tour sponsors include Asbury College, Matthew 25 Ministries, Subway, Kingdom Building Ministries, K-LOVE/Air1 and Gotee Records.

Ichthus Ministries, Inc., is based in Wilmore, Ky., and was started in 1970. The Ichthus Christian music festival was the first of its kind and started as an alternative response to Woodstock. Ichthus is committed to providing students with life-changing experiences of truth through life-changing encounters with Jesus Christ.

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