Christian concert to feature plane crash survivor

Saturday , April 28, 2018 - 5:15 AM

OGDEN — Christian singer, humorist and songwriter Don Wharton will share his “encouraging and uplifting” message designed to inspire greater service to Jesus Christ at St. Paul Lutheran Church on Tuesday, May 1.

The performance will be at 7 p.m. at the church at 3329 Harrison Blvd. in Ogden.

Among the stories Wharton tells is an account of when he was one of seven people who survived a twin-engine private plane crash into the Bering Sea off the coast of Alaska, according to a news release. The team was returning from a missionary and humanitarian aid trip to the Russian Far East in 1993.

“The plane sank into the ocean a minute after the group exited the plane,” according to Wharton’s website. “Until help arrived, they were forced to float in the 3- to 6-foot waves of 36-degree water with only the aid of empty five-gallon gas cans.”

Wharton has performed in more than 3,000 concerts and at least one in all 50 states, according to the news release.

Wharton has opened for such Christian artists as Carman, Michael CardJessy Dixon, Nancy Honeytree and Don Francisco, according to his biography. He has also worked with recording artists Paul and Paula and actor Beau Bridges.

He has written and performed songs for 10 albums, according to his biography.

He also recently released his first Christian fiction novel through Carpenter’s Son Publishing in Nashville, titled “Conviction: The Journey of a Lost Principled Man,” according to the news release.

You may reach reporter JaNae Francis at or 801-625-4228. Follow her on Twitter at @JaNaeFrancisSE or on Facebook at

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