God Reigns in Rochester

By Ron Nickel, TJ Petrino, and Logan Ryan   •   September 25, 2022

Rochester, Minn.: Newsboys singer Michael Tait wraps up the sixth and final stop of the God Loves You Tour, leading the crowd in the powerful praise song, "He Reigns."
Rochester, Minn.: More than 2,000 people made decisions across six stops on the God Loves You Tour, which began in Allentown, Penn., on Sept. 24. Read a wrap-up story about the tour.
Rochester, Minn.: Franklin Graham addresses the media before the final tour event begins.
Rochester, Minn.: A crowd of more than 8,000 covered Soldiers Memorial Field Park on Sunday.
Rochester, Minn.: Dennis Agajanian engaged Minnesotans with his fast-picking style.
Rochester, Minn.: Hundreds stood to follow Jesus Christ as their Savior in Minnesota on Sunday.
Rochester, Minn.: Newsboys drummer Duncan Phillips energizes the crowd at Soldiers Memorial Field Park.
Rochester, Minn.: Trained volunteers pray with those wanting to make a decision for Christ on Sunday.
Waukesha, Wis.: Franklin Graham gives Newsboys drummer Duncan Phillips a fist bump on Saturday night at Waukesha County Expo Center.
Waukesha, Wis.: More than 8,000 people came to the tour's fifth stop in this community still dealing with the aftermath of last November's Christmas parade tragedy. While the attack has left lasting scars in the community, some saw Franklin Graham’s visit as an opportunity to bring the peace of Jesus Christ into a dark situation. Read more about a new birth and healing in Waukesha.
Waukesha, Wis.: Newsboys singer Michael Tait meets one international fan determined to make it to Saturday night's event.
Waukesha, Wis.: Hundreds made decisions to follow Christ after hearing Franklin Graham proclaim the Gospel.
Waukesha, Wis.: Saturday night, thousands heard the story of Nicodemus from John 3: “Most assuredly, I say to you, unless one is born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.”
Flint, Michigan: “[Jesus] is alive. He’s here tonight. He’s here for you,” Franklin Graham told more than 8,000 who attended the fourth stop of the God Loves You Tour. Prior to Flint, the tour stopped in Pennsylvania and Ohio.
Flint, Michigan: The city of Flint is home to several colleges, and the God Loves You Tour drew many young people to the event on this chilly evening. Read about University of Michigan students impacted by the tour.
Flint, Michigan: Some volunteers drove hours to serve at the evangelistic event. One prayer volunteer, Linda, listened to Billy Graham sermons the whole two-hour drive to the Flint venue, saying it “fills my mind with Jesus and God’s Word.”
Flint, Michigan: The Newsboys’ keyboardist, Jeff Frankenstein, was born and raised in Michigan. From stage, he told fellow Michiganders he went on field trips to the exact venue where the God Loves You Tour stopped Thursday.
Flint, Michigan: Longtime ministry partner and friend of the Graham family, Dennis Agajanian is opening every stop of the God Loves You Tour. Franklin Graham’s son, Roy, warmly introduced the acoustic guitarist as “my uncle Dennis.”
Flint, Michigan: From their lawn chairs and blankets set up on a Flint field, Michiganders brought family and friends to be encouraged by the Gospel.
Flint, Michigan: Marcos Witt, a Spanish-speaking Christian artist, joined the tour for the first four stops to help lead worship.
Youngstown, Ohio: Many of the 5,000-plus Buckeye State residents who came to the God Loves You Tour stop in Youngstown, Ohio, worshiped God on Tuesday night at The Youngstown Foundation Amphitheatre.
Youngstown, Ohio: Franklin Graham fields questions from local media before Tuesday evening's God Loves You Tour outreach event.
Youngstown, Ohio: Spanish-speaking musician Marcos Witt and Newsboys singer Michael Tait led the crowd in worship music in two languages.
Youngstown, Ohio: Temperatures dropped into the low 50s on Tuesday, but it did not deter the Good News from being proclaimed in Ohio.
Youngstown, Ohio: Hundreds stood to make a decision for Jesus Christ, following an invitation from Franklin Graham. Read the story of two young men whose hearts were pierced by the Gospel message.
man and woman with thumbs up
York, Pennsylvania: While the God Loves You Tour began Sept. 24 with crisp fall weather, ominous clouds filled the sky ahead of the following stop in York, Pennsylvania. But a light drizzle didn’t stop more than 9,000 people from turning out for encouraging music and messages.
Franklin Graham speaking to crowd
York, Pennsylvania: Just in time for the afternoon event, the weather cleared and sun shone across the outdoor venue. “You’ve got a ray of hope here tonight,” Franklin Graham said, before telling the crowd how God can replace their hopelessness with His light. “I never get tired; I love seeing souls saved": Read one prayer volunteer’s story.
Michael Tait singing
Allentown, Pennsylvania: Joining Franklin Graham on this tour are Christian rock band Newsboys (pictured), bilingual singer Marcos Witt, and guitarist Dennis Agajanian.
man and woman raise hands
York, Pennsylvania: Hands extended toward Heaven as Marcos Witt led thousands in singing “How Great Thou Art.”
Franklin Graham at podium
York, Pennsylvania: “The devil wants you to think, ‘You’re too dirty. [Jesus Christ] won’t forgive you of your sins,’” Franklin Graham warned the York crowd. “That’s just a lie. He’ll forgive you tonight.”
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Allentown, Pennsylvania: “[This event] gives us such a great opportunity to connect with people we might not have met otherwise,” said an event volunteer and longtime Pennsylvania resident. “It just breaks down barriers and makes people more comfortable to meet Jesus.”
man looking out window
York, Pennsylvania: Inside the York arena, local volunteers peered out windows to pray over the long line of people about to hear the Good News of Jesus Christ.
group of people praying
York, Pennsylvania: One prayer of faith is all it takes to bring someone from death to life (John 5:24, ESV).
Franklin Graham smiling
Allentown, Pennsylvania: “God sent His Son Jesus Christ not to condemn you but to save you,” Franklin Graham told more than 10,000 listening Saturday during the first tour stop in Allentown, Pennsylvania. “He’ll come into your heart, He’ll come into your life, if you’ll let Him.”
crowd at Allentown Fairgrounds
Allentown, Pennsylvania: Just a few weeks ago, funnel cake, farm animals, and a ferris wheel filled the Allentown Fairgrounds. But the grounds echoed with Christ-centered music and a message of hope for the first stop of the God Loves You Tour.
woman with raised hands
Allentown, Pennsylvania: Over 54% of Allentown’s population is Hispanic, and the evidence is all around the city in the form of cafes, restaurants, and churches. At the first four stops on the tour, Spanish speakers can hear a simultaneous translation through their cellphones.
Marcos Witt singing
Allentown, Pennsylvania: Before leading familiar worship songs in Spanish, Marcos Witt referenced Revelation 7:9: “Behold, a great multitude that no one could number, from every nation, from all tribes and peoples and languages, standing before the throne and before the Lamb" (ESV).
young boys smiling
Allentown, Pennsylvania: People of all ages are enjoying these joy-filled events.
Franklin Graham at podium
Allentown, Pennsylvania: The whole point of these one-day tour stops is to present the Gospel. Franklin Graham explained that all are guilty of sin, but Christ is willing to forgive those who ask—and everyone who responded to the message received materials to help them grow in their new faith, including this red booklet.
two women talking
Allentown, Pennsylvania: Hundreds called out to God for forgiveness in these Pennsylvania cities. After praying aloud, they talked with trained counselors about the important decision they just made. Read how one woman invited her husband to attend the event—and how he responded to the Good News.
buses on a bridge
Allentown, Pennsylvania: Next, the God Loves You Tour is headed to Waukesha, Wisconsin. Get more details on the tour.