BANDS PLAY TO SEND MESSAGE
OF HOPE - 9/27/05
who walked into the Ozinga Chapel September 17 heard a different type of
praise as Trinity Christian College co-sponsored "Ryan's Story," a free
concert held to raise awareness of mental illness and suicide.
The third annual concert
was dedicated to the memory of Ryan Dignan, the son of Ken Dignan,
pastor of Eagle Rock Community Church in Orland Park. Ryan suffered
from bipolar disorder. He committed suicide on December 14, 2002.
Four Christian bands headlined
the show, including: John Reuben, Falling Up, The Wedding, and Mainstay.
"This is a great opportunity to
bring awareness to a college campus, especially to students who are
struggling," said Joseph Kisselburgh, the electric guitar player
from "Falling Up." "We hope that our being here reached out
to those adolescents."
This was the first year that
the College partnered with Shine 89 F.M., the Eagle Rock Community Church,
the Ryan Dignan Association, The Ozinga Foundation, Inc. and 'Til Healing
Comes Ministries, to put on the concert.
"Trinity was very gracious
to open up the Ozinga Chapel to us," said Dignan. "It's a very central
location and is close to a lot of different churches, so that those who
seek help can be referred to churches that can follow up with them."
For additional information
about 'Til Healing Comes Ministries and the Ryan Dignan Association visit