Wade Westin Music Festival

I never used to think about Labor Day weekend much. It has always been a somewhat dreary and unhappy ending to summer vacation. A weekend to begin realizing that the seasons are changing and there really isn’t much anyone can do about it.

My feelings about Labor Day weekend are changing. The Sunday of Labor Day weekend marks the annual Wade Westin Music Festival at the Burning Hills Amphitheater in Medora, ND. Wade was a good friend and brother in Christ. Wade will always be remembered as “Gentleman Wade,” the face of Medora for over a decade. This annual festival celebrates the life of Wade Westin, gives us a chance to remember a dear friend whom we miss, and introduces this beautiful child of God to new friends who never had the opportunity to meet him or hear him on stage.

Each year Good Shepherd is invited to participate in the Wade Westin Music Festival. This year our men’s quartet, Shepherds of Harmony, shared the stage with several members of the Burning Hills Singers and the University of Mary Steel Band. It was a fantastic afternoon of music and community in the middle of the beautiful North Dakota Badlands.

I’m already looking forward to the 2012 Wade Westin Music Festival!

Here are a couple videos of Shepherds of Harmony from the 2011 Wade Westin Music Festival.

About Pastor Craig Schweitzer

I like to think of myself as a pretty easy going person who seeks to daily discover anew how God is present in my life and in the world in which I live and serve. I am a husband, father, brother, son, friend, pastor, and maybe most significantly – a child of God! My beautiful spouse Wendy and I live in Bismarck, ND with our twin daughters, Ilia and Taegan and our crazy dogs Henri & Sadie. I’ve serve on the staff of Good Shepherd Lutheran Church in Bismarck, ND since July 2001. I was first called to serve as Music & Worship Minister, in 2010 was called to serve as Pastor of Worship and Youth Education, and in January 2014 was called to serve as Senior Pastor. My professional background is a diverse collection of musical and educational experiences that ranges from live concert production and promotion to recording studios, and live performance to music education. Prior to joining Good Shepherd, I was an Instructor of Music at Bismarck State College and owned and operated a successful teaching studio called 6x6 Guitar Studio. I am a graduate of the University of Mary in Bismarck and Pacific Lutheran Theological Seminary in Berkeley, CA and was ordained to the Ministry of Word and Sacrament in the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America in September 2010. Outside of Good Shepherd, I enjoy hanging out with my family and friends, reading, listening or playing any and all music, a relaxing round of golf, or spending some quiet time with God. View all posts by Pastor Craig Schweitzer

One response to “Wade Westin Music Festival

  • Vada

    Craig, thanks so much for the update from Wade Westin’s Music Festival. That is so good and I can enjoy it over and over.
    Loved your last sermon too. So neat to be able to hear you from home . I am truly blessed !!! Vada


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