Mountain State Celebration with evangelist Will Graham postponed due to coronavirus pandemic
FAIRMONT, W.Va., March 25, 2020 – The Mountain State Celebration with Will Graham, which was scheduled to be held April 24-26 at Fairmont State University’s Feaster Center, has been postponed due to the COVID-19 (coronavirus) outbreak.
The decision was made following West Virginia Governor Jim Justice’s stay-at-home order, which was announced on Monday, March 23. No end date was given for the order. Discussions are taking place regarding new dates for the Celebration later this year.
“We are living in an unprecedented time in modern history. This is a sad day and difficult decision, but ultimately a call that had to be made,” said Will Graham. “For the many people who have been supporting the Mountain State Celebration, and for those who were planning to attend, please know that I’m as committed as ever to preaching the Gospel in Fairmont. During these dark days, we need the hope and peace that Jesus provides.”
Celebration Director B.J. Rogers, who has been leading the Mountain State Celebration planning process, stated, “We’ve come to love Fairmont and West Virginia over our several months serving here. While we’re all disappointed by this delay, we’re looking forward to the opportunity to continue our work in this area. We’re praying for our friends and neighbors throughout the region during this unique time.”
The Mountain State Celebration is the third Will Graham outreach to be impacted by the coronavirus pandemic. The Billy Graham Evangelistic Association is also working to reschedule Celebrations in Tifton, Georgia, and Knoxville, Tennessee. Updates on all three outreaches will be announced on in the coming weeks.