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Citizen Way, Christy Nockels to perform in free concert

(August 19, 2019) JEFFERSON CITY, Tenn. — Popular contemporary Christian band Citizen Way will play a free concert Sept. 8 at Carson-Newman University. Christy Nockels, who spent seven years traveling worldwide with Passion Conferences and Chris Tomlin, will also lead worship.

The Tennessee Evangelism Rally will take place at 6:30 p.m. in Holt Fieldhouse inside the Maddox Student Activities Center on the University’s campus. Dr. Roc Collins, of the Tennessee Baptist Mission Board, is the guest speaker.

While free and open to the public, seating is limited and will be first-come, first-served.

“We’re thrilled to host Citizen Way, Christy Nockels and Dr. Collins for the Tennessee Baptist Mission Board’s Tennessee Evangelism Rally,” said University President Charles A. Fowler. “We invite area churches and the public to join us in an evening of praise and worship.

Citizen Way, formerly known as The Least of These, has landed several radio singles, including: “Should’ve Been Me,” “How Sweet The Sound,” “Bulletproof,” “Wavewalker” and “The Lord’s Prayer.” From their college band beginnings in the Midwest to becoming a voice of hope heard throughout the world, the mission of Citizen Way has never wavered.

The members of Citizen Way — including lead singer/guitarist Ben Calhoun, drummer David Blascoe and guitarist/background vocalist Daniel Olsson — consider themselves musicians with a missionary-like calling.

“We want to be like Billy Graham with a guitar, sharing the Gospel with as many people as we can,” Calhoun said.

Christy Nockels is formerly of Sons & Daughters and later the husband-and-wife duo Watermark. She’s since released several albums, including her latest, “Be Held; Lullabies for the Beloved.”

The Tennessee Baptist Mission Board oversees the daily operation of the missions and ministry activities of the network of churches that make up the Tennessee Baptist Convention. More than 3,000 churches are a part of that network, serving together through Cooperative Program giving, the Golden Offering for Tennessee Missions and the ministries of the Tennessee Baptist Mission Board to reach Tennessee, reach the nations and change the world for the glory of Jesus Christ.

Founded in 1851, Carson-Newman is a Christian liberal arts-based university affiliated with the Tennessee Baptist Convention. The University is located in Jefferson City, Tennessee, among the foothills of the Great Smoky Mountains and has over 2,500 students. Carson-Newman offers 50 undergraduate majors, as well as associate, bachelor’s, master’s and doctorate degrees.

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