Festival schedules appreciation luncheon for local pastors

Festival schedules appreciation luncheon for local pastors
August 27
00:00 2015

In above photo: Dr. Gary Chapman (File photo)

Pastor and best-selling author Dr. Gary Chapman to speak 

Special to The Chronicle

The Awakening Music Festival, which will take place Sept. 26 and 27 at downtown Winston-Salem’s BB&T Ballpark, is holding a special appreciation luncheon for local pastors and their spouses on Thursday, Sept. 3 at 11:30 a.m.

It will be at BB&T Ballpark’s Womble Carlyle Club.

The appreciation luncheon is being co-sponsored by the Awakening Music Festival, Love Out Loud, Truth Broadcasting and WBFJ radio. There is no charge for pastors and their spouses to attend.

Parking is also free.

Pastors who want to attend the luncheon are asked to reply by email at or by calling 336-331-3740.

 The pastors’ luncheon will serve as a preview to the upcoming Awakening Music Festival and will feature pastor and noted inspirational speaker Dr. Gary Chapman.

Chapman and his wife have two grown children and live in Winston-Salem, where he serves as senior associate pastor at Calvary Baptist Church.

Chapman’s expertise in marriage begins with the success and failures he and his wife, Karolyn, have experienced in their marriage for more than 45 years.

His own life experiences, plus more than 35 years of pastoring and marriage counseling, led Chapman to publish his first book in the Love Language series, “The Five Love Languages: How to Express Heartfelt Commitment to Your Mate.”

Many of the millions of readers credit this continual New York Times bestseller with saving their marriages by showing them simple and practical ways to communicate love. Since the success of his first book Chapman has expanded his Five Love Languages series with special editions that reach out specifically to singles, men and parents of teens and young children.

Chapman speaks to thousands of couples nationwide through his weekend marriage conferences. He hosts a nationally syndicated radio program, “A Love Language Minute,” and a Saturday morning program, “Building Relationships with Dr. Gary Chapman,” both airing on more than 400 stations.

The inaugural “Awakening Music Festival: Sing Your Heart, Loudly” will feature a diverse line-up of Christian music performers co-headlined by Kirk Franklin and MercyMe on Saturday, Sept. 26 from 4 to 10 p.m. Jeremy Camp will headline Awakening on Sunday, Sept. 27 from 2 to 8 p.m.

Tickets to the Awakening Music Festival range from $25 to $75 per day. Individual tickets are public through Ticketmaster at Group discounts also are available. Those interested in more information about ticket sales, including group sales opportunities, should call the Winston-Salem Dash office at 336-331-3740. For more information about the Awakenings Music Festival, email


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