Entertainers announced for Governor-elect Lee's inaugural worship service

Bill Lee

Bill Lee


Story updated Jan. 16

Governor-elect Bill Lee’s inaugural worship service is moving to the Grand Ole Opry due to increased demand.

The service begins at 8:30 a.m. with performances by Michael W. Smith, Steven Curtis Chapman, Nicole C. Mullen and others. Following the event, Lee will be sworn in at 11 a.m. at Legislative Plaza.

Here's where you can reserve a spot, along with other activities like a free tour of the Tennessee State Capitol, an open house at the Governor's Mansion and more.

Due to seating being first come, first served, reserved tickets do not guarantee admission.

Original story published Jan. 10

Governor-elect Bill Lee's inauguration-day festivities on January 19 will begin with a worship service at Ryman Auditorium.

Michael W. Smith, CeCe Winans, Steven Curtis Chapman, Nicole C. Mullen, Matthew West and other performers will headline the service, which is set to begin at 8:30 a.m.

Tickets for the event are required and free to the public at BelieveInTN.com based on seating availability. Attendees are encouraged to arrive early and be seated for the start of the worship service.

In a news release from Governor-elect Lee's transition team, Smith said he and Lee have been friends for decades.

“His [Lee's] dedication to his Creator, his family, our community and now our state is unmatched. Starting the day of his inauguration in prayer and worship is a sincere and honest reflection of the type people Bill and Maria are. They will be outstanding servant-leaders for the great State of Tennessee,” Smith said.

Lee will become the 50th governor of Tennessee. Following the worship service,  he will take the oath of office at a ceremony at Legislative Plaza at 11 a.m.

With the exception of ticketed Saturday evening inaugural events, all inaugural celebration activities are free and open to the public with limitations based on venue capacity.