Jack, Jordan, Ben and Kyllie (daughter in law)
Carl Junction, MO
Starting Date w/ The Missourians:
Role with The Missourians:
2 Timothy 3:16-17 “All scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, equipped, for every good work.”
2 Timothy 2:15 “Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved, a worker who has no need to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.”
When I’m in God’s word on a daily basis, He reveals His will for my life, gives me the ability to discern what is pleasing to Him, teaches me to live the right way, and gives me the power to overcome. Also, God’s promises are a constant source of encouragement to me. Bottom Line: Without God’s word, I would be stumbling around in the dark.
He Touched Me
How did you come to The Missourians:
I actually sang tenor with the Missourians several years ago and sang with Jason Percy with the Signature Quartet. So, when I learned that the Missourians were to sing at Forest Park Baptist Church (where my father and I attend) we decided to go to the concert. I learned at the concert that the Missourians were looking for a lead singer. Although I hadn’t sang for many years, God placed it in my heart to reach out to my old friend, Jason, and we had lunch and talked about the group. I subsequently auditioned and they invited me to join. I am truly blessed that God has opened a door for me to sing gospel music again.
Past Singing History:
I guess you could say I was born into a family with roots in gospel quartet singing. Both my grandfather and my father sang in quartets, and from a young age I have vivid memories of my father singing in church. I sang in choirs and various groups in church and school but my first experience with quartet singing came when I was a junior in high school at a school concert. I sang in a barbershop quartet and fell in love with four part harmony. While in college, I sang lead in a trio called “Destiny” with other members of Calvary Baptist Church in Joplin, Missouri. Most memorably, we opened for the Cathedral Quartet in Joplin. After that, I became a big fan of southern gospel quartets. Later, I sang tenor with the Missourians and then lead with the Signature Quartet (Jason Percy sang bass at the time).
After a long absence from singing gospel music, I feel very blessed to be part of the Missourians ministry again, and it is a real honor for me to sing about my Lord and Savior Jesus and the good news. Even though I thought my singing days were over, God had a different plan.
Interesting facts/stories about me:
- I met my wife of over 30 years, Julie, on a blind date.
- I went to Sunday school with Troy Wade at FBC-Galena, and my grandfather and two of Troy’s great uncles sang in a quartet based out of that church for over 40 years.
- I attended the Steve Hurst School of Music (a southern gospel vocal and group training school outside of Nashville, TN).