Elvis' step-brother featured at round-up

Tuesday, August 19, 2003
Rick Stanley

Rick Stanley, step-brother of Rock and Roll legend Elvis Presley, will be the keynote guest speaker for the opening Friday evening Banquet program of the Revival Fires Fall Round-up, set for Oct. 3-5 at the Radisson Hotel in Branson, Mo.

Stanley traveled extensively with Elvis and was the last person to talk to him before his death. Stanley's conversion to Christ and call to Christian ministry came one year after Elvis' death.

He has appeared on numerous television shows, including Larry King Live, Good Morning America, the TBN Network, and Regis and Kathie Lee Live. He has given his testimony in a Billy Graham crusade, and his book, "From the King of Rock and Roll to the King of Kings," has been read by thousands throughout the world.

According to Cecil and Linda Todd, hosts for the weekend gathering, Stanley is one of several powerful speakers and anointed singers to be featured in the Roundup.

Dr. Cecil Todd, founder and president of the world-wide Revival Fires ministry, and The McGruder Family will also headline the opening Friday evening services. The McGruder Family's song,

"From Heaven's Point of View," recently climbed to the top of gospel music charts in many parts of the country.

On Saturday, a big breakfast buffet, starting at 7:30 a.m., will feature special speakers Tim Todd, designer and publisher of the popular Truth for Youth Bible, and Priscilla McGruder, of the McGruder Family, a five-year cancer survivor who was given only two months to live.

The Saturday noon luncheon and service will feature speakers Phil Wilson, pastor of First Christian Church in Eureka Springs, and Sam Kaunley, a gifted preacher and former highway patrolman. The power-praise team of First Christian Church of Eureka Springs, directed by Meredith Wilson, will also be singing at the Saturday noon service.

Johnny Lee Cook, who was a featured comedian on Hee-Haw, and Joe White, president of Kanakuk Kamps and Promise Keeper speaker, will headline Saturday evening's banquet and program, beginning at 6 p.m.

A Sunday breakfast buffet and program at 7:30 a.m. will feature Sam Stauffer, pastor of the Grand Old Gospel Hour Church, which meets at the Grand Palace in Branson.

Appearing throughout the three-day event will be The Texans, Branson female vocalist of the year Ava Kasich, diminutive but powerful singers Lowell and Duke Mason, and worship leader and soloist Gail (Todd) Stallman.

All banquet meals and programs are open to the public. A three-day package is available for $169 per person, which includes all banquets, meals, tips, taxes and two nights at the Radisson Hotel. Package reservations made before Sept. 1 will be reduced to $149.

A meals-only package is available for $60 per person. Individual meals and programs are available for $15 for banquets, and $10 for the breakfast buffets or Saturday noon luncheon.

Half-price rates on all events are available for veterans. General admission tickets at $5, and advance tickets and reservations are recommended, as space is limited.

To make reservations or for more information, call Revival Fires at 1-800-733-4737, or (417) 338-2422.

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