On June 23, almost 600 friends of the Family Heritage Alliance joined us at the Ranch Amusement park in Rapid City for a celebration of family. We call it…wait for it…”Celebrating Family”. Waiting for each person in attendance was a free lunch and two free tickets for the rides in the amusement park. We do this each year to give back to our community and to the many who give tirelessly of their time and resources so that we can do our job. We do this so families can make memories and enjoy a break from the summer hustle.
The grand finale of our “Celebrating Family” event is a legend in the making. It is a grueling race that pits pastor against pastor in a competition for the coveted “Faster Pastor” trophy. Each year, the trophy is officially awarded the “Faster Pastor” on stage at Hills Alive Christian Music Festival in front of 16000 adoring fans. The winner this year is Pastor Layne Lindberg of Freedom Life Outreach. The other participants are as follows: Pastor Timothy Stuen – Dove Christian Center, Pastor Matt Schmidly – First Assembly of God, Pastor George Nalley – New Hope Academy, Pastor Eric Griffin – First Assembly of God, Pastor Wayne Titus – Rapid Valley Community Church, Pastor Bob Hower – Foothills Community Church, Pastor Nathaniel Molan – First Assembly of God, Pastor George Yorba – Big Horn Canyon Community Church, Pastor Steve Anders – Sturgis Open Bible Church, Pastor Mark Falcon – Canyon Lake Church of God, Pastor Rob Crumb – Dove Christian Center, Deacon Jonathan Dillon – Cathedral of OLPH, Pastor Ron McLaughlin – Hillsview Evangelical Free Church, Pastor Richard Wells – Christ Church, Pastor Scott Hultgren – First Christian Church.
We are planning an event just like this in Sioux Falls on July 27, so East River folks, mark your calendars.
To get a sense of what “Celebrating Family” is all about, take a look at the three and a half minute video below!