Gospel singer, humorist to entertain for Wayland benefit concert

Release Date: December 4, 2009

PLAINVIEW – The Association of Former Students and the Senior Ministry of First Baptist Church of Plainview will sponsor a joint appearance of Christian humorist Dennis Swanberg and Grammy Award-winning gospel recording artist Larry Ford at 7 p.m. Friday, Jan. 29, in Wayland’s Harral Auditorium.

Tickets are $20 each (general admission) and can be ordered by calling 291-3603; emailing andrewsd@wbu.edu; writing to Swanberg-Ford Concert, 1900 W. Seventh, CMB 437, Plainview, TX 79072; or purchased at the Advancement Offices at Wayland, 901 Utica (north entrance). Checks should be made to Wayland Baptist University. Credit card purchases also will be accepted.

Wayland offices are open from 8:15 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 8:15 to 4 on Fridays but will be closed Dec. 19-Jan. 3 for the university’s Christmas break.

Proceeds will benefit the general scholarship fund at Wayland.

“We are thrilled to be able to present two incredibly talented men like Dennis Swanberg and Larry Ford on the same program,” said Danny Andrews, director of Alumni Development.

Swanberg, who lives in West Monroe, La., had his own television programs, “Swan’s Place” on Family Net affiliates and “The Dennis Swanberg Show” on the Trinity Broadcasting Network for several years. He has produced about 15 videos and 10 books.

Swanberg, known as “America’s Minister of Encouragement,” is a native of Austin, graduate of Baylor University and Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary and pastored Baptist churches for about 20 years.

Ford, a native of Levelland who trained in classical music privately and at Eastern New Mexico University, lives in Fort Myers, Fla.. He is seen on most Gaither Homecoming videos. Known as one of America’s foremost tenors in gospel music, Ford has recorded many albums, including a highly-acclaimed patriotic CD. A pastor and evangelist for two decades, he formerly sang with the Dixie Echoes and the James Blackwood Quartet.

Two of his most famous recordings have been “Little Is Much If God Is In It” and “O, What a Savior.”

More information is available by contacting Andrews at 291-3603 or atandrewsd@wbu.edu.