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Reverend Wesley Putnam, widely acclaimed evangelist, singer and composer, will be in Artesia March 5-8, appearing at a variety of pre-arranged locations.

Putnam’s primary presentations during the four days will be at 5:30 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. nightly at the First United Methodist Church, 500 W. Grand Ave. The 5:30 p.m. time is set aside for elementary-aged children, where Putnam offers BibleQuest, a fast-paced program designed to make learning Bible facts and truths exciting for kids!

The 6:30 p.m. presentation is for teens and adults. Those of any denomination, faith or orientation are invited. This is not for only Methodists! Putnam delivers a clear call to commitment through both word and song that has impacted the lives of people of all ages from all walks of life. His ministry includes preaching, storytelling, and music woven together to create a fresh approach to renewal.

Part of the uniqueness of Putnam’s ministry is his dramatizations of Bible stories told through biblical characters he brings to life using costumes and dialects as though they were living today. His Bible story videos are available for viewing on YouTube simply by typing in Wesley Putnam. He is in great demand for revivals and children’s camps, and has appeared as worship leader and soloist for many national gatherings.

He has previously served as president and executive evangelist of the National Association of United Methodist Evangelists and as a member of the executive committee of the Council on Evangelism for the United Methodist Church.

Putnam is a prolific songwriter whose compositions touch on virtually every aspect of Christian living, from temptation and suffering to forgiveness and praise. He has cut many albums, and songs from his albums have had airplay on Christian radio stations nationwide and are available on iTunes. Lorenz Music has published five of the songs from his “Heal Our Land” album as choral anthems. His newest CD, “O’Come, O’Come,” has had one song hit No. 2 and two songs stay in the top 10 on ChristianRadioChart.com during the 2016 Christmas season.

Putnam holds a Bachelor of Music degree from Northeast Louisiana University and a Master of Divinity degree from Asbury Theological Seminary. An ordained United Methodist clergyman, he pastored local churches for more than eight years before turning his attention to full-time evangelism in the summer of 1981.

“I always had a sense of wanting to be in evangelism,” Putnam said.

The storytelling started as a teaching tool for children, but he soon realized that it allowed him to reach adults, as well, and combined easily with his music ministry.

He and his wife, Felicia, who is heavily involved in the BibleQuest portion of the ministry, live in Bedford, Texas. They have three grown sons and 18 grandchildren.