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Posted: Saturday, June 1, 2013 12:00 am

Christian singer, songwriter, author, humorist and filmmaker Don Wharton will be at Immanuel Lutheran Church Friday, June 28, for a family concert at 7 p.m. The event is part of the church’s concert and speaker series.

Wharton has performed over 3,000 concerts (at least one in all 50 states), primarily at Lutheran churches, schools and conventions.

His versatility has given him the opportunity to share his music with a wide range of audiences at churches, schools and conventions. He has opened for such Christian artists as Carmen, Michael Card, Jessie Dixon, Honeytree and Don Francisco.

Wharton also has worked with ’60s recording sensations Paul and Paula and acclaimed actor Beau Bridges. He performed the first gospel concert at the Pentagon in Washington, D.C., on Sept. 29, 1998.

Wharton was one of seven people who miraculously survived a twin engine private plane crash into the Bering Sea off the coast of Alaska on Aug. 13, 1993. The team was returning from a missionary/humanitarian aid trip to eastern Russia.

The group survived from 35-70 minutes in the near freezing water before being rescued by helicopter.

Wharton has produced 22 albums, primarily of his own compositions. He also published his first Christian fiction novel, “The Lost Principled Man,” and has finished writing the second novel in the series, “No White Lies,” to be published this year.

In May 2012, Wharton released his first film project, “Life at the Back Fence,” a two-man drama designed for church small group ministries.

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