MercyMe To Play RiseFest 2013

MercyMeSheldon, Iowa — The organizers of Sheldon’s Christian music festival, RiseFest, have just announced that the headlining artist for 2013 is one of Christian music’s most decorated bands, MercyMe.

The winners of 8 GMA Dove Awards, 2 American Music Awards, and 10 Billboard Magazine Decade Awards (2000-2009), MercyMe will make their second appearance at RiseFest. The first came in 2008 as the group performed to a crowd of 5,000 on Northwestern College’s soccer complex.

This time the group will join Matthew West and other artists yet to be announced at RiseFest in its new location, the Sheldon Crossing on June 15, 2013. MecryMe is known for their hit songs “I Can Only Imagine,” “Word of God Speak,” “God With Us,” “Spoken For,” and more. The group recently released a new album, The Hurt & The Healer, which debuted No. 1 on the iTunes Christian Albums Chart and No. 10 on iTunes overall album chart in May.

“When I think of worship bands, MercyMe is on the top of my list.” Said Founder/President of RISE Ministries, Rob Roozeboom. “It’s always a blessing to work alongside them and hear their passion to share the gospel from stage. If you’ve never heard MercyMe live, you’ll want to make sure you’re at RiseFest 2013.”

Although RiseFest 2013 will only be the festival’s second time in Sheldon, RiseFest has been an annual event, minus one year, since 2005. Beginning in Orange City, RiseFest has seen such artists as Natalie Grant, Mark Schultz, Jeremy Camp, Lincoln Brewster, Tenth Avenue North, and many more grace its stage throughout its seven installments.

This one-day event is a full day of activities for any family. The Kid’s Zone is complete with inflatables, face painting, and other activities throughout the day. There are plenty of food vendors to satisfy any appetite. The seminar tent sees speakers deliver different messages all day.

For more information on RiseFest and other RISE Ministries programs, visit or call 712-324-9763.

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