WINONA LAKE — Willie Robertson, of Duck Dynasty, spoke about faith, family and ducks last night, Feb. 24, at the Manahan Orthopaedic Capital Center in Winona Lake.
Duck Dynasty is an eleven season long television show following the Robinson family and their Duck Commander business. The fourth-season premiere drew 11.8 million viewers; the most-watched non fiction cable series in history. Willie is the CEO of Duck Commander and helped the business grow to the multi-million dollar empire it is today.
Dr. William Katip, president of Grace College, welcomed Robertson to Grace College before he took the stage. Katip compared Robertson’s love of Christ to Grace College’s love of Christ. Before turning the stage over to Robertson, Katip started the event like all the Duck Dynasty shows end, in prayer.
Robertson immediately had the audience laughing as he took the stage. Most of the event was spent sharing comical events of his life, while crediting all success to Christ.
“I will say the Lord has blessed us tremendously,” said Robertson. “Faith is in the DNA of our family. Everything goes through our faith and the Lord.”
The audience enjoyed hearing stories from Robertson’s childhood, including his young entrepreneurial adventures. Stories were shared of Willie’s worm farm, being a candy dealer at school and passing time on the bus as a human jukebox. At one point, Roberston even grabbed the microphone and gave a short rendition of a “Jukebox Hero” like he used to in elementary school for quarters.
Robertson credited the success of the show to the authenticity of his family and their faith. He said that Duck Dynasty was one of the few wholesome, family shows on television.
Jeremy Mullins, commercial manager of Louis Dreyfus, was able to take the stage at the end of the event to ask Roberston audience questions. Robertson had fun with the questions, admitting that he would want Chris Pratt to play him if Duck Dynasty was created into a movie and sharing that My 600-Lb Life is his guilty pleasure television show.
The event was well attended, with the VIP seating sold out.