Press Release: Compassion International Announces Mark Schultz & Anita Renfroe Tour

Fall Tour Features Special Guest Singer/Songwriter Shaun Groves

NASHVILLE, TN – September 18, 2012 – Platinum-selling recording artist Mark Schultz and Christian comedienne Anita Renfroe will join forces this fall to co-headline an exclusive 12-city tour. “Compassion International Presents Mark Schultz & Anita Renfroe” will also feature special guest singer/songwriter Shaun Groves, and will have audiences laughing, singing and sharing in poignant moments as these three artists take the stage each night. The tour kicks off Oct 4, in Springfield, IL, and will hit Tulsa, St. Cloud, Atlanta (Marietta), and eight other markets by the time it wraps up in Elmhurst, IL, on Oct. 28.

Schultz will be touring in support of his new album All Things Possible (Sept. 4), which features his signature craft of story-telling set to powerful, radio-friendly melodies. In fact, the album’s title track and first single is continuing to rise on radio charts across the Christian music spectrum while the album garners rave reviews from media outlets across the country.

Renfroe recently released a hilarious new DVD entitled I’m Not High Maintenance, Just Low Tolerance, and will keep audiences in stitches as she shares anecdotes and songs from the new project. Described by some as “this generation’s Erma Bombeck,” Anita is known for telling it like it is, and will undoubtedly bring laughter to the stage with bits like her surprise YouTube hit “Momsense (The Mom Song),” in which she lists the typical duties Moms juggle in a 24-hour period, performed to the tune of the “William Tell Overture.”

Ticket buyers for the Mark Schultz & Anita Renfroe Tour will have the option to purchase a special “VIP Experience” ticket, which includes premium concert seating along with a pre-show Q&A session with Mark, Anita and Shaun, and a commemorative tour pass. For the most up-to-date concert and ticket information – please visit or

The Mark Schultz & Anita Renfroe Tour is partnering with Compassion International, the world’s largest Christian child development organization ( that works through local churches to permanently release children from poverty. Founded in 1952, Compassion successfully tackles global poverty one child at a time, serving more than 1 million children—pre-natal through higher education—in 26 of the world’s poorest countries.

Originally hailing from Colby, Kansas, Mark Schultz moved to Nashville to pursue his musical ambitions and found inspiration while working as a youth pastor. Schultz booked a show at the city’s famed Ryman Auditorium and with the overwhelming support of friends and family, the show was a sell-out. This virtually unheard-of feat for a new artist landed Schultz a record deal where he went on to sell over 1.3 million albums and garner 10 No. 1 singles to date. He has landed the top spot on Billboard magazine’s Christian Adult Contemporary Songwriter list and has been featured on “48 Hours” and “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition.” In 2011, Schultz released his first instrumental album, Renaissance and his first novella, titled “Letters From War,” based on the his hit song. His 2005 release, Mark Schultz Live: A Night of Stories & Songs, was certified Platinum by the R.I.A.A. and earned Schultz his first GMA Dove Award. For more information, visit

Anita Renfroe, who some have described as “this generation’s Erma Bombeck” has been a featured comedian on ABC’s “Good Morning America” and has filmed a sitcom pilot for Sony/ABC co-starring Ryan Stiles and the late Dixie Carter. In addition to “Good Morning America,” Renfroe’s talent has been embraced by such top media outlets as “Dr. Phil,” CBS’s “The Early Show,” Fox News Channel’s “Fox & Friends,” XM Satellite Radio Network’s “Oprah & Friends,” “Inside Edition,” The Gospel Music Channel, and others. Anita tours with her own comedy concerts and inspirational women’s conferences where she routinely packs out venues across the United States. She and her husband John live in Atlanta with their three children. For more information, visit

More than a musician, Shaun Groves is a communicator — a man full of messages and ideas that he hopes to translate through a variety of media outlets. He is a writer, teacher, preacher and most definitely a songwriter — 2001 Songwriter of the Year. Shaun is a performer and musician who encapsulates everything one would hope an artist to be. His songs reflect the bare-bones honesty of a searching and passionate faith. Unafraid of the questions or of stepping on toes, Shaun sets his sights as high as possible, aiming to pursue profound theological truths in the most accessible lyrical metaphors he can create. For more info, visit

For tour interviews and press materials, please contact:
Debra Akins | Southside Entertainment
[email protected] | 321.747.0078

*Dates, markets and venues subject to change without notice
10/4 – Springfield, IL – First United Methodist Church
10/5 – Lawton, OK – McMahon Memorial Auditorium
10/6 – Tulsa, OK – Mabee Center
10/11 – Paducah, KY – Heartland, Worship
10/12 – O’Fallon, IL – First Baptist Church of O’Fallon
10/13 – St. Cloud, MN – Calvary Community Church
10/14 – Fairmont, MN – Fairmont High School Performing Arts Center
10/18 – Zanesville, OH – Secrest Auditorium
10/19 – Marietta, GA – Piedmont Church
10/26 – Sheboygan, WI – Weill Center
10/27 – Menominee, MI – Blesch Auditorium
10/28 – Elmhurst, IL – Elmhurst Christian Reformed Church