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YiM announces last-minute speaker change: Bean & Bailey present comedy for local youth

MILLIGAN COLLEGE, TN (April 2, 2003) — The popular musically-inclined comedy duo of “Bean and Bailey” will perform for local teens and youth groups tonight at Milligan College, as part of Youth in Ministry’s special teen summit.

Laurie Polich of Youth Specialties was originally scheduled to speak, but yesterday’s US Airways announcement that the airline is canceling all evening flights through Tri-Cities’ main connecting hub, Charlotte, NC, means Polich can’t get here from her home in California as originally scheduled.

Bean and Bailey of Knoxville, Tenn., will instead take the stage for tonight’s 6:30 p.m. summit that is free and open to area youth groups. The summit, one of four that YiM is offering local youth this year, brings together area youth groups to worship and hear encouraging messages on how to chart the course of their lives. After all, this is YiM’s mission – to help teens define God’s vision for their lives.

“Bean and Bailey” is made up of twenty-something’s Bradley Bean and Jackson Bailey. Bean, a former elementary school teacher, and Bailey, a former youth minister, began performing together in 1996 while students at Carson-Newman College in Jefferson City, Tenn. At Carson-Newman, Bean was just beginning to learn guitar and to sing in front of small audiences, while Bailey was landing roles in campus theater productions. Dormitory life gave the two an opportune setting for laying the foundation of their musical comedy act.

Their repertoire today includes a lament to the atrocities of road kill, a sketch on a chance meeting of Elvis Presley and Michael Jackson, and a love song about the Wal-Mart greeter. The show also includes Bailey’s high-energy rock song about donuts, and a ballad to women from Bradley. Two sketches very popular with church groups are “Depends,” a parody of Michael W. Smith’s “Friends,” and “Butter My Biscuits,” a parody of Bob Carlisle’s “Butterfly Kisses.”

Tonight’s summit is free and open to the public. Doors will open at 6 p.m., with worship led by the Poplar Ridge Christian Church youth praise team.

For more information about this YiM summit, call Phyllis Fox at (423) 975-8021 or visit www.youthinministry.org. YiM is a partnership of Emmanuel School of Religion and Milligan College. Funding provided by the Lilly Endowment of Indiana.

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MILLIGAN COLLEGE is a Christian liberal arts college in Northeast Tennessee whose vision is to change lives and shape culture through a commitment to servant leadership. The college offers more than 100 majors, minors, pre-professional degrees and concentrations in a variety of fields, along with graduate and adult degree completion programs.  To learn more about Milligan College, visit www.milligan.edu or call 800-262-8337.

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