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Elevation pastor Steven Furtick will interview Panthers WR Steve Smith

By Tim Funk
tfunk@charlotteobserver.com
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    Jeff Siner - jsiner@charlotteobserver.com
    Elevation Church pastor Steven Furtick hugs Carolina Panthers running back Jonathan Stewart (28) prior to practice as wide receiver Steve Smith (89) looks on.
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    Steve Smith is scheduled to speak at Elevation Church at three services.
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    Steve Smith and Steven Furtick

Steve Smith, the Carolina Panthers' star wide receiver, will join Elevation Church Pastor Steven Furtick on the church's stage this weekend (January 18-19).

Their Q&A will be live at Elevation's Blakeney campus Saturday at 5 p.m. and then again Sunday at 9:30 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. On Saturday, it'll be live on screens at the church's Matthews and Lake Norman locations; on Sunday, it'll be live at Blakeney and on screens at all the other locations.

Smith attends the fast-growing evangelical church, according to Elevation spokeswoman Tonia Bendickson.

And Pastor Furtick is apparently a big Panthers fan: He was spotted at the team's pre-playoff game practice last week.

The guest spot by Smith, 34, was announced by Furtick, 33, via Twitter and Instagram. He said the duo will talk about "Passionate People."

And maybe, we're guessing, they'll bring up Smith's now-famous quote: "Ice up, son."

At right above is Furtick's post, accompanied by a photo of #89 in action.

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