Dare2Believe (D2B) is an uplifting community festival aimed at promoting faith, unity, love and healing by encouraging believers and unbelievers alike to “DARE TO BELIEVE” in the limitless love, forgiveness and power of God. Here’s what you can expect at D2B 2017 in Vancouver, WA:


D2B 2017 will feature several nationally recognized music artists from all over the country, including Grammy Nominees JAMIE GRACE and RYAN STEVENSON. Each night, the artists will create an energetic atmosphere of praise, worship and fellowship for the entire community. The beautiful, open-air stage at Esther Short Park is an ideal setting for outdoor entertainment, and we look forward to sharing this experience with attendees from all over the greater Northwestern region.


As a child, it didn’t take long for Antoine to realize his true calling in life. His first stage performances were crafted in front of a large mirror in his parents’ bedroom (imaginary audience included), but this childhood passion grew into a successful career that has seen him sharing a stage with the likes of D.L. Hughley, Kevin Hart, Bill Bellamy, Patti Labelle and many others. You’ve seen him on TV shows like Showtime at the Apollo, Bill Bellamy’s “Who Got Jokes” and Evan Almighty, but we are extremely excited to see him live in action at D2B 2017 in Vancouver, WA! Don’t miss it!


A native of North Carolina, STACCATO POWELL is an accomplished preacher and teacher who was called into ministry while still a senior in high school. Powell served as a pastor while simultaneously completing his formal education – a Bachelors from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, a Master of Divinity from Duke University and a Doctorate of Jurisprudence from North Carolina Central University. Staccato was also inducted into the Morehouse Board of Preachers and the recipient of an honorary Doctorate of Divinity from Livingstone College. Dr. Powell served as pastor of the Grace AME Zion Church in Raleigh, North Carolina. He is also the Chief Executive Officer of Grace in the City, Community Development Corporation, an entity dedicated to the redevelopment of the College Park neighborhood.

Throughout D2B ’17, a PRAYER HOTLINE will be available to anyone with specific prayer request needs. Prayer Team Members will be readily available to assist callers with powerful, transforming prayer.


A supervised KIDS ZONE with games, arts and crafts and other youth activities will be available to children 12 and under. To assure child safety, parents will be required to register each child with a Care Coordinator before entry into the Kid Zone must check-out each child in the same manner.


Should anyone require first aid services during the festival, a First Aid Zone will be staffed throughout the duration of the festival.


For church leaders, staff and the Christian community at large, Explosion 2017 workshops and plenary sessions are available to registrants who are interested in learning new and innovative methods to reach past the walls of the church and further the kingdom of God.

All Workshops and Plenary Sessions will be held at various times at the Heathman Lodge in Vancouver. If you are interested in staying at the lodge during the festival, discounted rates are available by using the room block code: Community AME Zion Church.

For more information on the workshops or to register in advance, please click here.





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Meet the D2B 2017 Entertainers


Singer / Songwriter


Singer / Songwriter / Guitarist



Speakers & Hosts

Meet the D2B Speakers & Hosts

Bishop Staccato Powell

D2B 2017 Keynote Speaker


D2B Co-Host

Program Director / Radio Personality at 104.1 The Fish


D2B Co-Host

Radio Personality at 104.1 The Fish

D2B 2017 Newsletter

Find out the latest D2B 2017 news, as it happens!

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The Schedule

What’s happening, and when it’s going down.

Starting at 6:00 PM

We are dedicating Wednesday night to the youth! You will sing, dance, live and laugh on this spectacular evening with comedian Antoine Scott. The house band, led by Nate Andrade, will energize the atmosphere with hit songs you’ll know and love. Youth groups from all over the Vancouver, Portland, and surrounding areas will be there. Invite your friends, family, and anyone who might need to be encouraged or just have an amazing time. This night is for YOUTH!

Starting at 6:00 PM

Matthew 7:7 “Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you.

The power of prayer is infinite, but all too often we choose to carry around our heavy burdens without ever asking God for help. Regardless if you’re a seasoned prayer warrior, someone in need of powerful prayer yourself, or someone who just wants to get out and mix it up within your community, we’d love to have you join us Thursday evening. We will have uplifting praise and worship music, a message of encouragement from Rev. Powell and a Prayer Walk around Esther Short Park as we unite the community in God’s love and Dare 2 Believe in the abundant life that He intends for us all.

Matthew 18:20 “For where two or three gather in my name, there am I with them.”

Starting at 6:00 PM

Have you ever wondered what it was like when Jesus fed the 5,000 with just a few loaves of bread and a couple of fish? Well, we don’t have any miracles scheduled for D2B on Friday night, but we have organized Washington State’s largest FREE dinner party ever! Come join our party of 5,000 who will eat for FREE on Friday evening as we celebrate God’s abundance at Esther Short Park.

And we’re pretty confident you’ll want to stick around after dinner as well… Several nationally recognized artists will be performing live in the park, including Grammy nominees JAMIE GRACE and RYAN STEVENSON! With a Kid Zone packed with activities for children, everyone will have something to do. LIVE MUSIC, FREE FOOD, AND GREAT FAMILY FUN. Come be a part of this incredible night!

(Since D2B 2017 is taking place in a public park, not all on-site vendors will be serving free food. The free vendors will be clearly identified, however, please ask a staff member should you have any questions)


Register for D2B 2017!

Dare2Believe 2017 is a FREE event with FREE registration, but we’d still like to get a head count in order to better serve your needs. Your registration is appreciated.


  • 605 Esther St., Vancouver, WA 98660
  • info@d2b.events
  • (323) 481-2020