The wildly popular yet wholesome Jonas Brothers will perform for Saddleback Church next month during the Southern California megachurch’s Easter service.
Saddleback senior pastor Rick Warren announced the pop rock boy band’s upcoming performance this week in a tweet two months before his church kicks off a flurry of activities.
This year, Saddleback’s Easter service will be unlike any of its previous ones, and not just because the Jonas Brothers will be there along with Christian music artist Kari Jobe.
Besides Easter, the Lake Forest, Calif., megachurch will also be celebrating its 30th anniversary. For the occasion Saddleback has rented the Angel Stadium in Anaheim and plans to hold the service with about 50,000 people.
"This Easter will be unlike any we've had at Saddleback before, as we rejoice together for one momentous service at Angel Stadium in Anaheim,” the church states in its Easter web page. “We'll have special guests, inspiring worship, and Pastor Rick will take a memorable look back at where we've been as a church, and most importantly, talk about the future.”
Saddleback Church was founded by Rick and Kay Warren 30 years ago. The first service was attended by 205 people, but today the church has more than 22,000 members.
Saddleback’s senior pastor, Rick Warren, is most widely known as the author of The Purpose Driven Life, a book that has sold over 30 million copies. He’s also frequently covered by the press, especially since the 2008 presidential elections. Warren was tapped to give the invocation at the inauguration ceremony of then-president-elect Barack Obama.
After Saddleback’s upcoming Easter service, church leaders plan to baptize people at four locations and donate all of the church’s Easter offering to Haiti relief.
The event will be broadcasted live online April 4. It begins at 10 a.m. PST.