Following a performance at London's famed Royal Albert Hall (Sept. 11), and three sold-out concerts at Waterfront Hall in Belfast, Northern Ireland (Sept. 8-10), Keith and Kristyn Getty, the world-renowned modern hymn writers whose songs are sung by an estimated 100 million people each year in churches and concert halls on every major continent, are heading to North America for a string of fall tour dates starting September 25 in Orland Park, Illinois, and also including stops in Louisville, Dallas, Oklahoma City, Redding, Scottsdale and Boston.
The fall tour is in support of the Gettys' recent album Facing a Task Unfinished, which released in June and debuted at #1 on charts in the USA and UK. The recording marks the first major release of new material since 2012 for the duo and features internationally renowned music artists Ladysmith Black Mambazo, Fernando Ortega, John Patitucci, and Chris Tomlin.
The album was inspired by the hymn, "Facing a Task Unfinished," originally written in 1931 by China Inland Mission (now OMF International) worker Frank Houghton as a call for missionaries to go into the heart of China while facing harrowing persecution. Moved by the powerful hymn, more than 200 missionaries soon set sail to plant the seeds of the Gospel in that country, resulting in what mission experts believe to be the greatest growth of Christianity in the history of the world – estimated to be between 80-130 million people over the last three-quarters of a century.
Prior to the album's release, the Gettys led a global hymn sing of the title song, with an estimated 1.1 million people from 5400+ churches in 100 countries joining to sing the hymn as an affirmation of the importance of evangelism around the world.
Accompanying the Gettys on their fall tour is their band of Celtic and bluegrass musicians from North America and Ireland.
The Gettys will perform popular and favorite modern hymns at each concert, including new versions of "The Lord Is My Salvation," "He Will Hold Me Fast," and "Facing a Task Unfinished." Some 50,000 people are expected to attend the fall tour.
FALL TOUR DATES:
9/8-10 2016 Belfast, N. Ireland Waterfront Hall,
9/25/2016 Orland Park, IL Ashburn Baptist Church
9/29/2016 Louisville, KY The Galt House - Misso Nexus with David Platt
9/30/2016 St. Johns, MI First Baptist Church of St. Johns
10/1/2016 Byron Center, MI First Christian Reformed Church
10/2/2016 Woodstock, ON Maranatha Christian Reformed Church
10/5/2016 Scottsdale, AZ Scottsdale Bible Church
10/7/2016 Redding, CA Cascade Theatre
10/8/2016 Chino Hills, CA Crosspoint Church
10/9/2016 Sun Valley CA Grace Community Church
10/13/2016 Grove City, PA Grove City Campus Arena
10/14/2016 Peoria, IL Grace Presbyterian Church
10/15/2016 Arnold, MO St. John's Lutheran Church
10/16/2016 Jackson, MS 1st Baptist Jackson
10/17/2016 Dallas, TX Dallas Baptist University
10/19/2016 Oklahoma City, OK Council Rd. Baptist Church
10/21/2016 Wakeforest, NC Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary
10/23/2016 Pleasant Grove, AL First Baptist Church Pleasant Grove
10/28/2016 NJ, Hawthorne Hawthorne Gospel Church
10/29/2016 Boston, MA South Shore Baptist Church - Hingham, MA
10/30/2016 Berlin, CT Bethany Covenant Church