Ichthus Festival, Asbury

Ichthus Jesus Festival
Founded by Asbury Theological Seminary students in Wilmore, Kentucky

Early 1970s

In 1970-1972, Jim Garlow was a student at Asbury Theological Seminary in Wilmore, Kentucky. A group of students decided to try to respond to the secular and well known Woodstock Festival by beginning a Jesus rock music festival call “Ichthus,” which is an acronym for “Jesus Christ, God’s Son, Savior.” The festival went on to become one of the largest and longest running outdoor Christian music festivals in America.

Fifty Years Later: 2020

Robert Danielson, the Manager of Special Collections and Scholarly Communication at Asbury Theological Seminary wrote an article on the Ichthus Festival in 2020 for the 50th years celebration of its founding. Read it here: https://place.asburyseminary.edu/asburyjournal/vol75/iss2/9/


Although Jim Garlow had no training in filmmaking or had any funding, he decided, as a seminary student in 1971, back when recordings were done with film as opposed to being digital, to make a short 17 minute video that could be shown in youth groups across America to carry the message of Ichthus. Done on a shoestring budget that Garlow had raised, here is that attempt to capture some of the Ichthus Festival. Watch the Ichthus film, “One Way, Jesus Way” See below....