Southern to host Ignite Live

Aaron Patterson and Elise Deschamps on the set of “Ignite.” Friday, October 29, 2021. (Screenshot from “Ignite,” episode 16)
Aaron Patterson and Elise Deschamps on the set of “Ignite.” Friday, October 29, 2021. (Screenshot from “Ignite,” episode 16)

On November 6, Southern Adventist University will host a new event called Ignite Live. According to sophomore journalism major Cassidy Connolly, who is the producer of the event, Ignite Live will be an extension of the weekly “Ignite” TV show. Ignite Live will be hosted by the TV show’s hosts, Aaron Patterson, junior mass communication – media production major, and Elise Deschamps, senior journalism major.  

Ignite Live will include a variety of events and special guest Alex Kendrick, who is known for directing popular Christian films, including “Flywheel,” “Facing the Giants,” “Fireproof,” “Courageous” and “War Room.”  Kendrick will be interviewed by Patterson and Deschamps.  

“I am incredibly excited to interview Alex Kendrick and ask him a surprise question I have for him,” Patterson said.  

The theme of Ignite Live will be trusting in God and using one’s talents for Him, according to Connolly.  

Other parts of the show will include a live band, a comedy show and games involving student clubs. Each game will have a separate winner, and each winner will get a total of $200 for their club, Connolly said.

The band, 2am Curfew, which has played for the Merge church services at Southern, will be providing live music at the event. 

There also will be a live season finale of the comedy show, “Extinguished.”  

The School of Journalism and Communication (SJC) has been very involved in producing Ignite Live. The event was conceived by SJC Professor Pablo Fernandez. Additionally, the production team for Ignite Live is from Fernandez’s Studio and Event Production class, Connolly said.  

Ignite Live will be held in Lynn Wood Hall. Connolly said doors will open at 7:45 p.m. and will be shut at 8 p.m. Due to COVID-19 policies, every other row will be blocked off, making full capacity 150 people. Connolly stated that attendance for the event is on a first-come, first-served basis. There will not be tickets.  

Ignite Live is being funded by money that was budgeted for Studio 4109 in previous years, as well as donations, according to Connolly.  

However, Patterson said, “We have been compared to Studio 4109, but we are not, and we are not trying to replace Studio.”  

Connolly said depending on how the first show turns out, Ignite Live may become an annual or even semester event. 

When asked how she hopes Ignite Live will impact Southern students, Connolly said, “I hope they are inspired by [Kendrick’s] story, and I hope that it motivates them to use their talents for God, whatever they may be. It is so easy to get discouraged in the world we are living in, and I’m hoping Ignite Live will remind those who come that if you put your trust in God, He will see you through.”  

Patterson said, “‘Ignite’ is a talk show, and Ignite Live is a live, more engaging,  talk show.  We hope to provide students with a fun/funny show that all ties together with a good  underlying message.”  He added, “Join us in person at Lynn Wood or online on the School of Journalism and Communication YouTube account.” 

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