The winners of eight GMA Dove Awards, two American Music Awards, and 10 Billboard Magazine Decade Awards between 2000-09, MercyMe will make a 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.
MeryMe 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," founder/president of RISE Ministries, Rob Roozeboom, said. "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, it 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, and Tenth Avenue North perform on 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 food vendors and seminar tents with speakers delivering different messages all day.
For more information on RiseFest and other RISE Ministries programs, visit www.riseministries.com or call 712-324-9763.