Youth rally set for Jan. 20 at Ramsey Center

A non-denominational youth rally, Ignite ’07 Youth Explosion, will take place on Saturday, Jan. 20, at Western Carolina University’s Ramsey Regional Activity Center.

Supported by church leaders from Jackson, Haywood, Swain and Macon counties, Ignite ’07 will feature music, entertainment and speakers reaching out to area youth. The event is scheduled to kick off at 6 p.m. with preaching by Shelby-based evangelist Clayton King, music by the Carl Cartee Music Band, and performing arts by Tennessee-based group 3-D. Waynesville’s Leap of Faith will open the event.

Now in its second year and having outgrown last year’s performance venue in Maggie Valley, Ignite is moving to a more spacious arena in Cullowhee. David Powell, event organizer and pastor of Webster Baptist Church, said that members of more than 89 churches attended last year’s Ignite ’06, drawing both youth and adults from the region. “WCU is an ideal location for a regional event, with its large capacity and central location,” said Powell, who expects an attendance this year of at least 4,500.

The event is free and open to the general public.  For more information, contact David Powell at (828) 586-4459 or

The Ramsey Regional Activity Center is Western Carolina University’s largest multi-purpose venue, with space for athletic events, commencements, conferences, performances and other events that are open to the campus and community. For information, go to Rental and use of the Ramsey Center for non-university events does not indicate endorsement by WCU of any event or its sponsors.