Promoter Scanland Dies

Michael Scanland, a promoter of Christian events, died from a fall Aug. 19, according to a statement.

Scanland was student director of the AgapeFest Christian music festival in Illinois during the ’80s and eventually worked for Jam Productions. For several years, Scanland produced Christian music events at the Great America theme parks and at one point was owner/operator of the Sonshine Festival in Minnesota, according to the statement.

“Mike was a promoter’s promoter,” Newsboys manager Wes Campbell said. “He was a great supporter of Newsboys and enabled us to reach thousands of people for many years.”