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Phil and Alan Robertson from the hit reality-series "Duck Dynasty," will be at Saddleback Church on July 20 and 21 to discuss how following Jesus has changed their lives as part of the megachurch's "Follow Me" series.
The sermon series has brought influential American preachers and leaders to the Southern California church to share their experiences as disciples of Jesus Christ. The Robertsons' message to the church will align with the topic of following God and will feature their take on being a believer.
Alan, who will lead the sermon, is the senior pastor at White's Ferry Road Church of Christ in Louisiana and recently decided to join his family as the newest cast member for the fourth season of "Duck Dynasty," airing this Fall. He recently told the New York Post that his intention is to spread the Gospel beyond the members of his own congregation.
"What I do for our church – you see, it's a pretty good-sized church – impacts a lot of people, but because of my association with the show, I'll get to minister to a lot more people," Alan Robertson said. "Any person that's an evangelist, that's what you want to do, so I had to give this up for something possibly bigger."
The Robertsons star in the A&E network series that revolves around their duck call business, Duck Commander, and their strong Christian faith. The show has reached a wide fan base ranging from outdoorsmen to Christians, and its ratings beat out "American Idol" during its third season, which broke the network's viewer ratings. Oftentimes, the cast members display their Christian beliefs in the episodes and are seen at the end of each program engaging in prayer.
Throughout the course of three years, the Robertson family has gained fame, and plenty of attention since their show began, which is something that Alan admitted he may not be fully prepared for.
"My children are grown, but all of my brothers' children are teenagers now, so how is this crazy world going to impact them?" Alan told the Post. "We think about John, Luke and Sadie, who are such a big part of the show and they're teenagers, you know? They need to be just normal teenagers. We pray about that."
Along with the success of their reality show, the family has become a household name through other ventures as well. Phil released a new book earlier this year, Happy, Happy, Happy: My Life and Legacy as the Duck Commander, in which he details his life, including his wild early years and his take on parenthood, God, and of course, duck hunting. Other members also have books on the market, including Kay Robertson, the matriarch of the clan.
If fans still cannot get enough of the "Duck Dynasty" crew, they will have the opportunity to vacation with them on the Duck Commander cruise during a four-night sail to the Caribbean next summer. Country star and "American Idol" winner Scotty McCreery will also join the cruise to provide onboard entertainment.