LAUREL COUNTY, Ky. —
The Corbin Arena will rise to even greater heights in three weeks’ time, as it will once again play host to heavenly hymns, words of praise, and beautiful benediction.
The Gospel Music Concert will be held at the Corbin Arena for a second consecutive year on Friday, April 25. Local talent from across the southeastern region will transform the Arena into a house of worship for two and a half hours. Admission is $8.
“We want to make this a successful event that really puts Corbin on the map and the Lord Jesus Christ on the map,” said Rev. John Burkhart during a press conference on Monday. “We want the Christian church (to be) a united group of people of all denominations coming under one roof.”
Burkhart, along with Bob Terrell, Herman Moore, Janus Jones, Peggy Inks, Don Inks, Ray Hill and Josh Teague all serve as board members for the upcoming concert. Last year, through sheer determination, the board was able to draw a crowd of about 1,700, helping promote the city of Corbin and – more importantly – the gospel.
This is quite impressive when considering the amount of skepticism the concert originally faced. The idea of having so many denominations under one roof for a single purpose left many feeling standoffish; the overall notion of “denominational isolationism” is still very prevalent throughout the region, Burkhart explained. However, due to its success, the board expects an even greater turnout.
“This is a very new initiative. Events like this were done last year for the first time and we’re trying to create a tradition,” Burkhart said. “We’re hoping to promote an enormous sense of unity and oneness for all Christians.”
According to Burkhart, the commonality of Christian faith is enough to set aside the many variances in denomination. For one day in April, he explained, the nametags and labels associated with the faith can be set aside to celebrate the contributions of Jesus Christ.