Scott Dawson Evangelistic Association’s ‘Strength to Stand’ Conference Included Kanye West and the Sunday Service Choir as Headliner

The Scott Dawson Evangelistic Association’s "Strength to Stand Conference" today included a performance by Kanye West and the 135-member Sunday Service Choir along with West’s pastor, Adam Tyson.

They were present for both a 10 a.m. service and a 3 p.m. service at the Strength to Stand conference, an annual event that takes place at the LeConte Center at Pigeon Forge.

Kanye performed "Jesus Walks" from 2004 which brought his performance full circle to identify with his relationship with Christ. The 135-piece choir led the audience in a moving version of "How Great Thou Art" and "Closed on Sunday" was a crowd favorite.

"We were so thankful that Kanye West and his team were willing to come to Strength to Stand this year," said Evangelist Scott Dawson. "It was an honor to have Kanye and the Sunday Service Choir along with Kanye’s pastor, Adam Tyson, join us for the conference to tell the world about Jesus!"

The Scott Dawson Evangelistic Association has conducted the Strength to Stand conference since 1994 in the Pigeon Forge area, serving more than 250,000 students since the conference began. This year, more than 17,000 students were in attendance at the Sunday services.

"The Strength To Stand youth conference welcomes thousands of people to Pigeon Forge each year, and this year is certainly no exception," said Leon Downey, executive director of the Pigeon Forge Department of Tourism. "Today’s service, featuring Kanye West and the Sunday Service Choir along with Adam Tyson, is another example of the successful events that the Scott Dawson Evangelistic Association brings to the LeConte Center at Pigeon Forge."

For more information about the conference and West’s performance, visit Media inquiries should be directed to B-roll and images available here.

About Scott Dawson Evangelistic Association:

Since 1987, the Scott Dawson Evangelistic Association has continued to advance the Kingdom with the saving message of Jesus Christ. SDEA exists to support the divine calling of Scott Dawson to proclaim to the world the good news of Jesus Christ. From students to young adults, senior adults and everyone in between, we believe that every person should have the opportunity to hear the Gospel of Jesus Christ. For more information, please visit

About Pigeon Forge:

Pigeon Forge is located in East Tennessee, approximately 35 miles from Knoxville and McGhee-Tyson Airport. Two-thirds of the nation’s population east of the Mississippi River lives within a day’s drive, making it an easily accessible family vacation destination. The city’s neighbor is Great Smoky Mountains National Park, the most-visited national park in the U.S. It also is home to Dolly Parton’s Dollywood theme park, Tennessee’s most-visited ticketed attraction. More information about all aspects of Pigeon Forge are available at or toll-free at 1-800-251-9100.

The LeConte Center in Pigeon Forge is a multi-purpose 232,000-square-foot building designed for large assemblies, trade shows and competitive events. The building’s LeConte Hall features 100,500 square feet with a 30-foot-high clear-span ceiling.

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