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IGNITE Live is a community event that takes place each year on a Saturday night at Southern Adventist University. It’s a 90-minute highly entertaining and inspirational live event with games, audience interaction, a live band, and the participation of a special guest. Think “the Christian Jimmy Fallon”. Everything is student-led, student-fundraised, and student-executed!

The show focuses on using a family-friendly late-night format to discuss difficult or taboo topics through the Christian lens. In the past, IGNITE Live has talked about the faith journey, joy despite pain, and dealing with stress and anxiety. 

IGNITE Live is a production brought to you by the School of Journalism and Communication, but it is a product of the hard work of students from all around Southern's campus. In past shows, we have hosted Christian film director Alex Kendrick, Harlem Globetrotter Melvin Adams, and Christian Singer/Songwriter Cory Asbury. You can learn more about our past guests below. 


IGNITE Live '25

Iles P.E. Center, 4870 University Drive, Collegedale, TN 37315

08:00 PM-

Tickets Required

Past Special Guests

Cory Asbury
Cory Asbury is a Grammy Nominated Christian singer/songwriter. Known for songs such as Reckless Love and The Father's House, Asbury was the special guest for IGNITE Live's third show: a stress relief show. In-between games and musical performances, Asbury was vulnerable about his struggles with stress and anxiety and how God can help us to overcome them. 

A message to Southern Adventist University from Cory Asbury:
"I had a blast at Ignite Live. The students were so much fun to hang with and the event ran seamlessly. Honored to have been a part."

Melvin Adams
Melvin Adams is a comedian, NCAA Champ, and former Harlem Globetrotter. The self-proclaimed "Christian Kevin Hart" was the featured guest for the March 2022 IGNITE Live show - a show that used comedy as an avenue to approach difficult conversations surrounding abuse and struggles. 

A message to Southern Adventist University from Melvin Adams:
"Had an amazing time at Ignite Live: life changing event. Come get excited, grow in your walk, and learn how to IGNITE the world we live in!"

Alex Kendrick
Alex Kendrick is a Film Producer, Director, and Actor known for his works on films like Facing the Giants, War Room, and more. Kendrick was the special guest at IGNITE Live's debut event in November 2021. Kendrick spoke about his journey from being a young boy who wasn't allowed to go to the movie theater to an adult who is now a full-time Christian movie creator.

Riley Clemmons
Riley Clemmons is a Nashville-based Christian recording artist. Her compelling single “Broken Prayers” has generated more than 56 million global streams, and her top performing song to date, “Fighting for Me”, reached 160 million worldwide streams, shining a light on God’s presence even in the toughest times.


Amplifying Student Voices

IGNITE is a student-led production that exists to IGNITE conversations campus/community-wide. Over the course of the last few years, the idea to start a show that tackled difficult conversations has blossomed into a weekly talk show, a Spanish talk show, and a yearly live show. We strive for each production to be entertaining, impactful, informative, and Christ-centered.

If you are interested in checking out our weekly show, click here.

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