Popular Christian Band Sidewalk Prophets to Perform at Taylor Youth Conference

By Jim Garringer Published: Apr 13, 2012

Spots are still open for Taylor University's 2012 Youth Conference

Popular Christian band Sidewalk Prophets will perform during the 2012 Taylor University Youth Conference, scheduled for the weekend of April 20-22. Also performing will be artist Josh Wilson. The concert, scheduled for 10:00 p.m., Saturday, in the Rediger Chapel/Auditorium, is open to the public. Tickets will be on sale at the door.

Organizers say a turnout of about 400 high school youth from around the Midwest is expected for the weekend. “The impact we see it having on high school students is: it gives them an opportunity to see college students who are passionate about their faith,” said Adam Potelicki, Youth Conference co-chair and a senior Christian Education major from Cleveland, Ohio.

The featured speaker for the event is John Vermilya, the pastor of the Buckley Tabernacle, Buckley, Mich. Vermilya played professional soccer for the Charlotte Eagles, members of the USL PRO League of the United Soccer Leagues. For nearly a decade, he led international soccer ministry tours through Missionary Athletes International. He is a graduate of Indiana Wesleyan University.

The concert with Josh Wilson and Sidewalk Prophets will feature two up-and-coming Christian artists who have received critical acclaim. Wilson’s debut project, Trying to Fit the Ocean in a Cup, was named among the Top Ten Best Albums of 2008 by GospelMusicChannel.com. His songs, Savior Please, Before the Morning, and Life Is Not A Snapshot, have all reached number one.

Sidewalk Prophets' breakthrough came when their first Word Records release, These Simple Truths, was nominated for a Dove Award for Best New Artist and for Pop/Contemporary Album of the Year. The band has enjoyed a string of hits that include: The Words I Would Say, You Can Have Me, Hope Was Born This Night, and You Love Me Anyway, which reached number one on the Billboard Christian Singles chart. The band has toured with the Rock and Worship Roadshow with MercyMe and Francesca Battistelli, among others, and landed another Dove nomination for Group of the Year in 2011.

Organizers say the weekend will include games like Knockout, Homerun Derby, Wii, Twister and others. There will also be a Friday evening festival with inflatables, a dunk tank and many different activities. Students attending Youth Conference will live in the Taylor residence halls and eat in the dining commons.

To get more information or register, visit www.taylor.edu/yc, call (765) 998-539, or email yc@taylor.edu.