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Victorious Life concert celebrates National Back to Church Sunday

J.J. Weeks, shown above, and below with his band, will perform at Victorious Life Church on Sept. 17.

J.J. Weeks, shown above, and below with his band, will perform at Victorious Life Church on Sept. 17.

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:J.J. Weeks, shown below, and above with his band, will perform at Victorious Life Church on Sept. 17.

A band that has shared the stage with such groups as Third Day and Toby Mac and most recently opened for Casting Crowns will headline the upcoming concert at Victorious Life Church in Conyers.

The J.J. Weeks Band from Macon will perform Sept. 17 at the church located at 1615 Old McDonough Highway. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. for the concert, which will also feature another Georgia group, Quarters Road, opening for J.J. Weeks.

Tickets are $10 each and are available by visiting the church website at www.vlcog.com or www.consumedproductions.com. Tickets will also be available at the door. The church seats 650 and organizers are hoping for a good turnout.

"The J.J. Weeks Band is an awesome group of guys," said Jose Quinones, special events ministry leader at Victorious Life Church.

"We had the privilege of seeing them a few weeks back when they opened up for Chris August and came away knowing that to go along with their incredible voice and sound, they have an even greater love for Christ."

Quarters Road is also an impressive group, said Quinones.

"My search for artists to make this concert a hit brought me their way," he said. "I started seeing their videos on YouTube and hearing their sounds and knew instantly that they would be part of the puzzle that would make the concert come together.

"Quarters Road is a young group of teenagers, but have a sound that is well past their years in age. I know the Lord has His hand on both of these groups and their ministry through music."

The Saturday night concert is a prelude to a special Sunday the next day. Victorious Life is taking part in the Back to Church outreach that denominations across the country will be focusing on this month.

"The concert is to bring attention and to celebrate National Back to Church Sunday," Quinones said.

"Back to Church Sunday is Sept. 18 and is a national movement to get people back into church. Whatever may be the reason that they are not in church or for whatever reason they have left church, we want to welcome them back. We want to take away any reservations, to answer questions and to put hearts and minds at ease."

Quinones is the area coordinator for Back to Church Sunday and has contacted churches of all denominations throughout the region urging them to register their church at www.backtochurch.com People can go to that website, put in their ZIP code and find churches to visit within 10 miles in their community.

Churches that have not yet registered online at the website are invited to do so by visiting the website and going to the "add a church" tab. The Back to Church website also allows visitors to be directed to individual church websites.

"We are using the concert as an outreach for the community," Quinones said. "(We want to) open our doors to the community, invite and share with everyone that they don't have to face their giants alone.

"The concert, we pray, is a great way to reach those who may not know the Lord and through Him we hope to reach those who are lost and may be hurting. Whatever problem we face and whatever great adversity we may have, we want to share that there is a God that is greater and mightier than our situation."

Quinones said this is the first time his church has taken part in the national Back to Church Sunday and the first time they have held a concert like this.

"We are very excited about the concert and what the Lord has in store," he said.

Quinones praised the church's senior pastor, J. Larry Gunter, for leading the church in making all of this possible.

"He has been senior pastor with VLC for 14 years," Quinones said. "He has grown the church from under 100 members to about 1,200 and with that has (helped) make the church a multi-generational and multicultural church with contemporary worship."

Church leaders are excited about the Back to Church Sunday and the upcoming concert, particularly with J.J. Weeks as the headline group.

Performing more than 140 dates a year, the band stays busy with its music ministry and recently released its third full-length album, "Outloud." The J.J. Weeks Band was selected to perform on the ShoutFest South tour and has also appeared at numerous Christian and non-Christian events.

Beth Sexton is a freelance writer based in Snellville. If you have a story idea, contact Karen Rohr, features editor, at karen.rohr@rockdalecitizen.com.