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Bieber’s mom, former Victoria’s Secret model and UFC fighter to share stories of Tragedy Into Triumph

MOUNT VERNON, Ohio — Now in its 12th year — and second at Mount Vernon Nazarene University — Tragedy Into Triumph will feature the true stories of how lives are changed by God’s presence in the hearts of imperfect people.

The three-night event, March 17-19 in the R.R. Hodges Chapel/Auditorium, will feature the mother of a pop star, a former Victoria’s Secret model and a UFC/MMA fighter. Their individual stories are inspiring testimonies to what faith and belief can do in every life.

Speakers include:

Tuesday, March 17 — Pattie Mallete — Most people only know her as Justin Bieber’s mom, but Pattie Mallette has had an incredible journey of her own. Many have heard Justin’s rags to riches story, but few know she was a teen mom who had to overcome a drug and alcohol addiction. Even fewer know the rest of her story — a true tragedy into triumph!

Wednesday, March 18 — Kylie Bisutti — Kylie Bisutti walked away from her dream job as a model because it contradicted her faith. Learn how she stayed true to her marriage and deepened her relationship with Christ while becoming a role model promoting healthy body image and confidence.

Thursday, March 19 — Justin Wren — After fighting his own demons, Justin Wren fights for the underdog in his quest to be more like Jesus. He struggled with addiction and depression early in his UFC/MMA career. It wasn’t until he stepped away from that world that he found his passion and purpose in life leading himself and others into freedom.

Rev. Wendell Brown, superintendent for the North Central Ohio District and founder of Tragedy into Triumph, specifically selected speakers who would reach a diverse audience.

“Every person has a different history and background so it helps to have speakers that also have different stories. We hope each person in our community can connect with the people and stories each night,” said Brown. “By hearing how God works in someone else’s life, it encourages us that the same God can work in our lives.”

MVNU President Dr. Henry W. Spaulding II believes Tragedy Into Triumph melds nicely with the university’s mission and appreciates the event’s ability to provide fellowship among believers.

“Tragedy to Triumph expresses much of the mission of MVNU by giving a clear call to redemption,” Spaulding said. “It offers the students, staff, and faculty the opportunity to celebrate the joy of salvation as it is expressed in human life. I am especially glad that our community, and the surrounding community, will have the opportunity to hear stories of God’s faithfulness and redeeming power.”

The event, which begins each night at 7 p.m., with worship by Joshua Brown and members of MVNU’s student worship band, is free and open to the public. Doors open at 6 p.m.

Each night is simulcast nationally to churches around the nation with a reach of over 100,000 people. To register for the free simulcast, visit

For more information, or resources for your church, visit  

Mount Vernon Nazarene University is a private, four-year, intentionally Christian teaching university for traditional age students, graduate students, and working adults. With a 327-acre main campus in Mount Vernon, Ohio, and several convenient Graduate and Professional Studies locations throughout the state, MVNU emphasizes academic excellence, spiritual growth, and service to community and church. MVNU offers an affordable education to more than 2,200 students from 29 states and 14 countries/U.S. territories.