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Posted: Friday, August 3, 2012 12:00 pm

By Kristi Parker Johnson

Harker Heights Herald

When J.T. Haun was a young boy, his life was changed by a Christian concert at Baylor University. Now, 27 years later, Haun wants to give others the opportunity to be touched in the same way.

With the help of Harker Heights United Methodist Church, Haun organized a free Christian music concert featuring For King and Country and the Rhett Walker Band.

The concert starts at 7 p.m. Saturday at Carl Levin Park and is open to the community.

"When I was 9 years old, I went to a concert kind of like this and that's when I got saved, that's when I realized I wanted to be a Christian and asked God to come into my heart," Haun said. "I wanted to give back and do it for the community."

A Killeen native, Haun now makes Harker Heights his home. Three months ago, he promoted his first concert at Harker Heights United Methodist Church and hopes Saturday's concert won't be his last. He foresees organizing at least one concert every year, perhaps more.

"I think this is just a start," he said.

For King and Country is a contemporary Christian alternative-rock duo made up of Australian-born brothers Joel and Luke Smallbone. Their music has climbed the Billboard charts and been featured on the television shows "The Vampire Diaries" and "Drop Dead Divas," according to the band's website.

The Rhett Walker Band is a Christian alternative rock group that also has found success on the Billboard charts with its "deep fried" sound and "down deep" worship.

While he has no idea how many people will attend the concert, Haun is hoping for a large crown.

"My heart wants 2,000, but I don't know," he said. "To be honest with you, I really don't know what to expect. But I'd love to see thousands out there."

The concert is free, but drinks and candy will be sold by the Harker Heights United Methodist Church youth group.

Allman suggests that concert-goers bring chairs or blankets. Carl Levin Park is at 400 Miller's Crossing, Harker Heights. For more information, call Allman at (254) 630-6944.

Contact Kristi Parker Johnson at kristij@kdhnews.com or (254) 501-7548.

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