A chance meeting between local ministry leader Ken Kilpatrick and Alan Robertson of the Duck Dynasty family will bring Phil and Kay Robertson to Montgomery in late February.
The couple will appear along with their son Alan at 7 p.m. on Feb. 27 in Wesley Hall at Frazer church in east Montgomery. A reception will take place at 5 p.m., Kilpatrick said.
For ticket or sponsor information for both events, visit http://compassion21.org/. Tickets also can be purchased at the church’s bookstore, Kilpatrick said.
Kilpatrick, who has run Compassion21 in Montgomery since 1994, met Alan Robertson through a ministry donor who introduced him to Robertson’s pastor.
The church’s pastor is married to Phil Robertson’s sister. The Robertsons learned from Kilpatrick about the many ministries of Compassion 21 and came to the Capital City to see if any of the programs could be adopted at their church in West Monroe, La.
Since then, Kilpatrick has made three visits to Louisiana to help the Robertsons instill some of his ideas into their church’s existing outreach efforts.
In return for his help, Alan Robertson asked Kilpatrick how the family could help Compassion21 and a fundraiser for the ministry was born.
“The Robertsons have a large church and they have some of the same programs we have but want to expand and are looking for new approaches,” Kilpatrick said, adding that he will be continuing to help Whites Ferry Road Church in West Monroe with their ministry efforts.
Alan Robertson is the beardless Robertson who was the last son to get involved in the hit TV series, Kilpatrick said.
The local ministry leader will begin the night at Frazer with a brief overview of Compassion 21 followed by Alan Robertson who will provide a glimpse of what it was like growing up a Robertson.
Kay Robertson will speak briefly and then her husband Phil will talk about “faith, family and ducks,” Kilpatrick said. “They are good people. I was down there a few weekends back. Alan (Robertson) and I spoke at a satellite church at night.”
Locally, Compassion21 operates several programs including a thrift store, food co-op, food pantry, housing-based learning centers, a choir, prison ministry and other outreaches aimed at sharing the compassion of Jesus with people who are struggling physically, emotionally and spiritually.
In all, hundreds of people are helped each month through Compasssion21, Kilpatrick said. Funds raised through the Robertson event will go toward expanding Compassion21.
Compassion’s food pantries are an extension of the Montgomery food bank and Kilpatrick’s team also operates a food co-op that is run by people he selects from among those being helped through the pantries.
“We have close to 400 people a month coming to us for food,” he said, adding that he hopes to add even more sites to the original Lower Wetumpka Road location.
He said the pantry is run mostly by Landmark Church of Christ senior adults. Kilpatrick said the thrift store has the lowest prices in town and he has hired people from among those needing help to run it and take care of it.
A mentoring program is a spinoff form the learning centers that help 125-150 people, and the father and grandfather of six has plans do more.
The choir of about 55 children is a recent addition for Compassion21 as is the prison ministry at Red Eagle Work Center.
Source: The Montgomery Advertiser