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Originally published: 2013-08-27 15:31:53
Last modified: 2013-08-27 15:33:42

Avery native, coach, in spotlight at upcoming Praise Fest

Sherrie Norris / (

he High Country’s own JohnMark Bentley, Avery County native and current head wrestling coach at Appalachian State University, will be joining nationally known Christian entertainers and speakers on stage during the High Country Praise Festival 2013, Sept. 1, at the Holmes Convocation Center in Boone.
Known for his unashamed walk of faith, Bentley is honored and humbled, he said, to have been asked to speak at this event and to share his testimony — “and thankful that God has blessed me so much more than I deserve.”
Held each Labor Day Weekend and sponsored by SonsLight Ministries of Boone, the festival has proved to be a life-changing event in recent years for countless young people who come from many miles around with their youth group leaders and parents.
Bentley will share the spotlight with South Carolina native R.V. Brown, well known motivational speaker, teacher, author, award winning athlete, coach and founder of Outreach To America's Youth Inc.

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