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Saying goodbye to songwriter Annette Herndon

Written by Staff on August 14, 2018 – 3:59 pm -

Annette Herndon

Annette Herndon

Gospel singer-songwriter Annette Herndon has won her battle with cancer and has entered the presence of her Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.

SGNScoops received the following on Monday, Aug. 13, from Gus Gaches of Song Garden Music Group:

Gus Gaches of Song Garden Music Group talks about Annette Herndon

Gus Gaches of Song Garden Music Group talks about Annette Herndon

My heart is heavy. I learned yesterday that Annette had passed away.

We have been working on an incredible new project for her that consisted of songs that she wrote while walking through her ongoing battle with cancer. My heart is heavy because I know she wanted to see the completion of this project before going home to Heaven.

The message in the songs is simply incredible, and she wanted so much to share that with others who were walking where she had walked. That is the perfect example of who Annette was, that in the middle of her struggle her thoughts were on helping others with theirs!

People like that don’t come along very often, and I am so honored to have known her and worked with her. She will truly be missed.

Please pray for her husband Harold and the rest of her family as they walk thru these next few days.

Fay Edens, friend of Annette Herndon

Fay Edens

Herndon’s friend, Faye Edens, submitted the following:

Annette Herndon

Annette Herndon

Obituary for Mrs. Annette McElhannon Herndon

Mrs. Annette McElhannon Herndon, age 54, of Bethlehem, Georgia, entered her Savior’s presence on August 11, 2018. A native and lifelong resident of Barrow County, Annette was a graduate of Winder-Barrow High School’s class of 1981. A member of Bear Creek First Baptist Church, she was a Christian speaker, song writer and publisher. Annette was active in the Homeless Shelter Ministry and was the founder of Encouraging Today’s Women.
Surviving are Husband, Harold Herndon of Bethlehem, Georgia; Sons and Daughters-in-law, Weston and Rachel Herndon of Bethlehem, Georgia, Christopher and Maegan Herndon of Statham, Georgia; Grandchildren, Lilly Herndon and Nicholas Herndon; Parents, Jerry and Joyce Mobley McElhannon of Bethlehem, Georgia; Brother and Sister-in-law, Tim and Jeanette McElhannon of Bethlehem, Georgia.
The family will receive friends Monday, August 13, 2018 from 6:00 P. M. until 8:00 P. M. at Carter Funeral Home. A Funeral Service is scheduled for Tuesday at 11:00 A. M. at Bear Creek First Baptist Church with Rev. Johnny Wright and Rev. Steve Ray officiating. Interment will be in Barrow Memorial Gardens. Flowers are welcomed, or memorials may be made to Bear Creek First Baptist Church, 1786 Georgia Highway 82, Winder, Georgia 30680.

Faye Edens also sent us the following expository on the life of this much-loved lady:

Annette HerndonAnnette’s life is a pilgrimage of the pursuit for God’s own heart. Born into a strong Christian family with solid beliefs, she was taught the scriptures and accepted Jesus Christ as a child.  

Professionally trained in music from the age of nine, Annette first experienced the use of her talent as a church pianist.  It wasn’t uncommon for her to accompany singing groups or soloists while the other children were playing.  She later served as a Music Director for five years and was pianist for the Sonlight Singers Southern gospel quartet.  

A young wife and mother at the age of 20, Annette prayed for God to use her to be a witness for Him. She never imagined God would use the PTL Club, a Christian TV program, to start her on a journey of serving God with a music ministry.  It was through one of the programs that God prompted her to pray and ask for His anointing and guidance to write a song. 

Since then, Herndon has written hundreds of songs, the Hope for Today 10 Week Devotional and recorded 19 projects. Her challenging lyrics and worshipful music has encouraged listeners all across the world to open their hearts to God. 

Annette has become a skilled writer and her love for the Lord is portrayed through the lyrical content of her songs.  Annette is owner of Annette Herndon Publishers and MyRapha Music. Many groups and soloists across the country are singing and recording Annette’s songs.  Annette is a member of the Song Garden Music Group record label based in Nashville, Tenn. 

Annette served as Administrator for Come Alive Ministries, a local Crisis Pregnancy Center in Winder, Geogia, for two years before resigning in November 2001. She then served on their Board of Directors before resigning in 2010.  

Annette has written and recorded two pro-life songs and “Memories” was included on a GRTL promotional CD and adopted as the theme song for the Georgia chapter of Silent No More.  Annette has sung at the Georgia State Capital on several occasions, and in one of which, the then Governor Sonny Perdue was in attendance.

Annette hosted the Voice of Truth TV program on WCTV in Winder, Georgia until May 2010. Other TV appearances include TBN Atlanta Georgia, Day Star Christian Television Ashland Kentucky, Dove Christian Broadcasting Greenville South Carolina, WTCT Global Television Marion Illinois and Nashville Tennessee, WATCTV 57 Atlanta, Georgia, Living Faith TV Abingdon Virginia, TV 49 Augusta Georgia, UC TV 3 Ft. Oglethorpe Georgia and several video shows aired on Gospel Music Television, North Georgia Gospel and the Country Gospel Network. 

Annette HerndonAnnette has enjoyed Southern Gospel charting success for several songs including “None but Jesus,” which held its place in the Singing News for four months and her music can be heard on radio worldwide.  Music recognitions include a top 10 nomination for a Diamond Award in the Female Soloist category and two nominations from the Emerald Coast Southern Gospel Music Association, for “Revived”-Album of the Year, and “None but Jesus”-Song of the Year.

In 2002, Annette accepted the call to begin a women’s ministry and founded Encouraging Today’s Women. Annette and her husband, Harold, host an annual event called “A Day of Encouragement,” in their local community, where women can come and receive most anything they need but most importantly they are filled with spiritual inspiration and the word of God. She has become a much sought-after speaker and singer for lady’s events in churches. 

In 2008, Annette wrote, “Hope for Today,” a ten-week devotional to accompany her CD entitled, “Songs of Hope.”

In 2011, Annette started ministering to women in Homeless Shelters. The second Tuesday night of every month, she has ‘Ladies Night Out’ meetings with women at the Salvation Army Homeless Shelter in Athens, Georgia, where she gives the women personal hygiene products.  She has the privilege of leading many women to the saving grace of God and encouraging many more through this ministry.  She also ministered to women at the Walton County Correctional Institute in Monroe, Georgia, for six years and ministers at the women’s state prison in Alto, Georgia, on occasion.

In 2014, along with help from Babbie Mason, Annette co-wrote ten songs with Mr. Marlin Harris, III for “The Beatitudes Life” CD.  Marlin is the author of “Let the Beatitudes Be My Attitude in You” book and bible study.

In 2015, Annette and Harold started the “Encouraging Today’s Women” 30-minute radio program heard Sunday mornings on WJBB 107.1 FM, locally and through the internet. 

In June 2016, Annette was diagnosed with stage 3 breast cancer.  She continues to be a fighter and survivor today! God has brought her a long way and she gives Him all the glory!

In April 2018, Annette is going back to the studio to record her latest CD for Song Garden Music Group.

Annette and Harold are active members at Bear Creek First Baptist Church in Winder, Georgia. Together they are a team serving the Lord in this beautiful ministry that He has entrusted to them.  


All of us at SGNScoops extend our sympathies and prayers to the family and friends of Annette Herndon.

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Mark This One On Your Calendar! Vernon’s Gospel Music Weekend

Written by scoopsnews on August 14, 2018 – 2:42 pm -


Looking for gospel music events to put on your 2018 calendar? Vernon Alabama’s Gospel Music Weekend 2018 is going to be one of those “don’t miss events” to add to your list. The dates are September 7th and 8th at the Vernon City Auditorium in Vernon, Alabama.

“We look forward to the Vernon event each year and appreciate all the support for gospel music from the city of Vernon and the surrounding community. We want the community to come out and enjoy two evenings of gospel music without wearing them out and at the same time give the artists the opportunity to share their music and ministry,” commented Dennis McKay of M.A.C. Records

Board members for event, Rob Patz, Vonda Easley, Leslie McKay, Dennis McKay

Vernon Alabama’s Gospel Music Weekend started out several years ago as a M.A.C. Records event (M.A.C. Night of Worship) hosted by Dennis and Leslie McKay that featured just the artists of M.A.C. Records. The M.A.C. artists remain central to Vernon Alabama’s Gospel Music Weekend and the 2018 event will continue the tradition of featuring those talented artists. This year’s event will feature the following: Kenny Gardner, Carol Barham, Day Three, Jesse Reece, Danny Figgins, Eagle’s Wings, The Riders, Zion’s Way, Chronicle, and McKay Project.

To keep up with the latest news and info, check out the Facebook page: Vernon Alabama’s Gospel Music Weekend. We hope to see you in September in Alabama!

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2018 Diamond Awards to be filmed by WATC TV Atlanta

Written by Staff on August 14, 2018 – 8:04 am -

Diamond Awards

Diamond Awards

Pigeon Forge, Tenn. (August 10, 2018) — Rob Patz, owner and host of Creekside Gospel Music Convention, is happy to announce that Pat Mathis and her team at WATC TV in Atlanta, Georgia will be recording the 2018 Diamond Awards on October 30, 2018, at Pigeon Forge, Tennessee.

Diamond Awards to be filmed by WATC “We at WATC TV in Atlanta, Georgia are excited to once again partner with WGGS TV in Greenville, South Carolina to cover the Diamond Awards,” said Patricia Mathis, Vice President of WATC. “It has been an annual event that our viewers at WATC enjoy, not only for the great gospel music performances, but also to be able to congratulate those who are awarded a Diamond Award.”

The 2018 Diamond Awards are held as a part of the Creekside Gospel Music Convention, Oct. 28 – Nov. 1, at the Smoky Mountain Convention Center. Dr. Jerry and Jan Goff will be the hosts for the gala occasion, highlighted by great live performances and surprise guests.

WATC will be filming the Diamond Awards

Pat Mathis accepts GABBY award for WATC in 2017

“The Diamond Awards are always special,” said Rob Patz. “We are thrilled to welcome back Pat, WATC, and WGGS, as they shoot the footage that will be seen by so many of their viewers that are not able to attend this unique event. Just the presence of the TV crew adds its own air of excitement to the evening, on top of the anticipation of the Awards themselves. It’s going to be a terrific night and I urge everyone who can attend to be there!” Tickets for every night at Creekside are free but must be reserved.

Last year, Robert York of SGNScoops Magazine, wrote a feature on WATC which said, “WATC-TV has become known to its viewers as being the home for Atlanta Live, the station’s nightly live program. The station is available to more than 2.5 million viewers in the Atlanta market. It is available throughout Georgia on various cable networks, as well as 24 hours a day on the internet. Some of the other programs produced on WATC-TV include Babbie’s House, Enjoying Life, Friends and Neighbors, Josh and Ashley, Just Keep Singing, Seniors Today and Gospel Music USA. For a few years, they have taped the SGNScoops Diamond Awards and the SGNScoops Life Achievement Award as well as some of the Creekside Gospel Music Convention for a special program for their audience. The station has received numerous awards, including an Angel Award and a Telly Award, and was honored with its first Emmy Award in 2010. In 2017, the station received the Georgia Association of Broadcasters’ Gabby Awards for Community Service, which recognizes the work of radio and television stations from all stations throughout the state of Georgia.” (abridged)

C.T. Townsend To Speak At Creekside 2018, prior to the Diamond Awards

C.T. Townsend To Speak At Creekside 2018

Prior to the Diamond Awards, pastor C.T. Townsend will address the Creekside audience. Gospel music artists appearing at Creekside Gospel Music Convention include the Jordan Family Band, the Williamsons, the Pine Ridge Boys, Mark209, Sunday Drive, the Hyssongs, Eagle’s Wings, the Chandlers, the Dunaways, and many more. Special events include “Dr. Goff Honors Arthur Rice” on Monday, the 2018 Diamond Awards on Tuesday and many surprise appearances of more beloved artists on Wednesday and Thursday evening.

Creekside 2018

Creekside 2018

For more information on Creekside 2018, including the Diamond Awards and ticket reservations, visit or For a $25 VIP pass, tickets and accommodations, contact Rob Patz by calling 360-933-0741.

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The Dunaways welcome Landon Villines

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The Dunaways welcome Landon Villines

Philadelphia, MS   (August 13, 2018) — Landon Villines joins one of gospel music’s much loved family groups, The Dunaways.  Over the past few years, Landon made occasional appearances with The Dunaways at various events.   Some of these have included Silver Dollar City’s Southern Gospel Picnic, and the DayStar Network show, “Gospel Music Showcase”.   He has also served as their media and webmaster for the past four years.

Landon said, “I am full of excitement to join this family on the road.  To everything there is a season, and I’m beyond ready to begin this one.”

Landon comes from a heritage rich in both gospel music and ministry.   He is the son of Rev. and Mrs. Justin Villines of Compton, AR.  Growing up in a pastor’s home, Landon brings a lifetime of experience with music and ministry to the table.  The Villines family are known as musicians and songwriters including a famous cousin, Merle Haggard.


Group member Randall Dunaway said, “We are so blessed to add this godly young man to our team. He has his heart and purpose for ministry in the right place and we know the Lord is going to use him in great ways.”

Landon joins them on stage along with guitar player Caleb Sanderson.

For bookings and Inquiries please contact: Randall Dunaway 601.416.5823 or Landon Villines 870.416.6093

Product office and Radio contact: Bethany Lemon Hurt 601.504 0169

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Daywind Artists and Songwriters Honored with 14 Dove Award Nominations

Written by SGN Scoops Staff on August 13, 2018 – 10:26 am -

Daywind Artists and Songwriters Honored with 14 Dove Award Nominations

Daywind Artists and Songwriters Honored with 14 Dove Award Nominations

Hendersonville, TN (August 10th, 2018) – Artists and songwriters who call Daywind Music Group home were honored with 14 Dove Award nominations in an exclusive Facebook Live  announcement ceremony presented by the Gospel Music Association and hosted by Travis Greene and Francesca Battistelli in Nashville, TN, earlier this week. Joseph Habedank led all artists with three nominations, while Karen Peck and New River, Jason Crabb, and Mark Lowry each garnered two nominations.  Artists Brian Free and Assurance, the Nelons, and Jeff Stice, along with songwriters Jason Cox and Tim Lovelace, received one nomination apiece for their stellar work. Daywind songwriters Sue Smith, Joseph Habedank, Jason Crabb, Gerald Crabb, and Jason Clark contributed their talents to the Dove-nominated songs.

Joseph Habedank

Joseph Habedank

Joseph Habedank and Karen Peck and New River continue their streaks of recognition each having received GRAMMY nominations and Dove Awards in 2017 for their work on the albums Resurrection and Hope For All Nations, respectively. Both artists are produced by Wayne Haun, a 2018 Dove nominee for Producer of the Year. 2018 Dove Award nominations for Joseph Habedank include Southern Gospel Artist of the Year, Southern Gospel Recorded Song of the Year for “Just When You Thought,” and Bluegrass/Country/Roots Recorded Song of the Year for “Jailbreak.”  Karen Peck and New River received nominations for Southern Gospel Artist of the Year and Southern Gospel Album of the Year for Hope For All Nations.

Jason Crabb, a multiple recent Dove Award winner for Artist of the Year and Song of the Year among other categories, saw his debut Daywind Jay DeMarcus (Rascal Flatts) produced release Unexpected nominated for Bluegrass/Country/Roots Album of the Year while its single “Washed By the Water” was nominated for Southern Gospel Recorded Song of the Year.

Christian music veteran Mark Lowry’s debut Daywind release What’s Not to Love received nominations for Southern Gospel Album of the Year, while Lowry was nominated for Southern Gospel Artist of the Year.

Brian Free and Assurance was recognized with a Southern Gospel Recorded Song of the Year nomination for “He Can Take It,” a song from their album Beyond Amazed written in part by Daywind writer Sue C. Smith.

The Nelons were nominated for Bluegrass/Country/Roots Song of the Year for their song “Daddy and Son,” co-written by Daywind writer Jason Clark.

Jeff Stice received a nomination for Instrumental Album of the Year for I’m Gonna Keep On, his debut Daywind release.

Daywind Music Publishing received two Musical of the Year Dove Award nominations for It Happened on a Sunday(Jason Cox) and Miracle in a Manger(Tim Lovelace).

“Our artists and songwriters are family. The sense of pride we feel when members of our family are recognized for their excellence fills our hearts and humbles us at the same time. We are so blessed to work with incredibly talented ministers of the Gospel,” stated Daywind President Ed Leonard.

The 49thDove Awards will be held at Lipscomb University’s Allen Arena in Nashville, TN, on Tuesday, October 16th, 2018, and aired internationally TBN on Sunday, October 21st, 2018.

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Turning Back Time to Creekside 2017

Written by Staff on August 12, 2018 – 4:37 pm -

The Nelons at Creekside With Diamond Award

The Nelons at Creekside 2017

Creekside is always a great time and last year was no different. From the Sunday night concert to Dr. Goff Honors Eric Bennett; from the 2017 Diamond Awards to David Ring, to the Nelons, the Browders and Soul’d Out, Creekside Gospel Music Association far exceeded all expectations in 2017. To see the program from last year, click here: Creekside_Program_2017

The Nelons at Creekside 2017

The Nelons at Creekside 2017

If you want to be a part of an exciting, surprise-filled week of music, fellowship and encouraging messages, you need to make plans today to travel to the Smoky Mountain Convention Center at Pigeon Forge, Tenn., from Oct. 28 – Nov.1, 2018.

Creekside 2018

Creekside 2018

Creekside Gospel Music Convention began in 2012 and has enjoyed increasing prominence in the world of Christian music. Celebrating Gospel, Bluegrass and Christian Country music, the event provides free tickets to the evening concerts, including the kick-off Sunday night, Dr. Jerry Goff Honors Arthur Rice on Monday night, the Diamond Awards on Tues. 30th and other special guests for Wed. and Thurs., to be announced. For more information, including lodging at the Smoky Mountain Convention Center and Ramada hotel, please call Rob Patz at 360-933-0741 or visit the Creekside website or Facebook page here.

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Rooted With Billy Huddleston

Written by scoopsnews on August 12, 2018 – 4:30 am -

Billy Huddleston

Billy Huddleston

And they were astonished . . . (Mark 1:22 NKJV.)

They were astonished . . . that’s the word Mark uses. And it’s not a light word. In the Greek—ekplḗssō. Let’s look at the meaning: “thrown off the original course; to cause to be filled with amazement to the point of being overwhelmed, astounded.”

They were thrown off their original course by his teaching. Amazed, astounded, overwhelmed . . . by His teaching.

Let’s stop for a minute.

Don’t you long for that astonishment?

When was the last time you attended a worship service and were thrown off your original course?

How long has it been since you’ve been amazed by Jesus? Astounded? Overwhelmed? Jaw on the ground saying, “What in the world did I just see?” Are we reaping all the benefits available to us from our Savior?

That’s how they were this day. Today, Jesus was in the house!

This Sabbath the people will receive something they weren’t expecting.

The source of Authority has shown up.

Today they will hear from the Master.

When Jesus began to teach, it wasn’t the opinion of man. No, it was the very word of God spoken through a man sourced by His Father being proclaimed to the people! Other teachers would stress what Dr. so-and-so would say; Jesus would cite no sources. He was the Source! He knew what He was talking about! It flowed through.





They were thrown off their original course. . . .

The source of authority was in the house!

You do understand that whenever we gather together in His name, He is there. When we gather today, pay attention. Listen. Expect. You might just be astonished.

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Written by Staff on August 11, 2018 – 2:51 pm -

L-R: Point of Grace's Leigh Cappillino, Denise Jones and Shelley Breen at the recent Oklahoma Music Hall of Fame induction ceremony.

L-R: Point of Grace’s Leigh Cappillino, Denise Jones and Shelley Breen at the
recent Oklahoma Music Hall of Fame induction ceremony.

NASHVILLE, Tenn.—Joining a distinguished list of world-class artists, GRAMMY®-nominated, Platinum-selling Christian music luminaries Point of Grace were recently inducted into the Oklahoma Music Hall of Fame in Muskogee. In addition to the beloved trio, whose founding member Denise Jones hails from Norman, Oklahoma, this year’s honorees included acclaimed worship singer/songwriter Dennis Jernigan and GRAMMY®-winning gospel vocalist and pianist Smokie Norful.  
The Oklahoma Music Hall of Fame’s first-ever genre-specific induction, the 2018 ceremony honored Sooner State natives whose lifetime achievements continue to impact the world of Christian music. Point of Grace, Jernigan and Norful each performed at the event, which was part of the Hall of Fame’s two-day Gospel Fest summer concert series.  

“Oklahoma is my home—it’s part of my DNA—so to be inducted into the Oklahoma Music Hall of Fame is beyond anything I would have dared to dream when we recorded our first project over 26 years ago in Oklahoma City,” said Point of Grace’s Denise Jones. “I’m so grateful to the Oklahoma community that has supported us all these years, and having so many of my family members on hand to celebrate this honor with us made it even more special.”  
Since its foundation in 1997, the Oklahoma Music Hall of Fame has honored such internationally-renowned Oklahomans as Vince Gill, Carrie Underwood, Merle Haggard, Gene Autry, Sandi Patty and Kristin Chenoweth, among numerous others.   
Point of Grace’s soaring melodies and rich harmonies have helped define the sound of contemporary Christian music for more than two decades. The seminal group has sold in excess of 8 million units; garnered two Platinum records; three GRAMMY® nominations; 27 No. 1 singles and numerous Dove Awards. With a discography including 10 best-selling studio recordings and five Christmas albums, Point of Grace is known for such Christian radio standards as “I’ll Be Believing,” “Keep the Candle Burning,” “Circle of Friends” and “Jesus Will Still Be There.” Comprised of Shelley Breen, Denise Jones and Leigh Cappillino, the group founded the groundbreaking Girls of Grace conference and have authored multiple books. Point of Grace regularly appears on the historic Grand Ole Opry stage. 

Point of Grace performs at the Oklahoma Music Hall of Fame induction ceremony. (credit: Oklahoma Music Hall of Fame)

Point of Grace performs at the Oklahoma Music Hall of Fame induction ceremony.
(credit: Oklahoma Music Hall of Fame)

The iconic trio’s first full-length recording of hymns and worship songs, Beautiful Name, released in April from LifeWay Worship and features 10 fresh arrangements of beloved favorites. Point of Grace is slated to hit the road in November for the “Greatest Hits Live Tour,” joining tour hosts NewSong as well as Avalon, Nicole C. Mullen, Bob Carlisle and Rebecca St. James for and evening of some of the biggest songs in Christian music history. In December, Point of Grace will headline the “Sing Noël Christmas Tour.”  
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Pray For Susan Brady Of Exodus

Written by SGN Scoops Staff on August 11, 2018 – 12:12 pm -

Pray For Susan Brady Of Exodus

Pray For Susan Brady Of Exodus

UPDATE ON SUSAN: She is resting and on an all liquid diet with IV Fluids. Monday they are going to do a procedure where they go down her throat and look at her pancreas. Thank you all for your prayers❤️ We would ask for added prayers to help ease her mind and give peace about this procedure. She has never had this kind of procedure done before. Thank you all again❤️❤️

Mary Scott Susan Brady

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Written by scoopsnews on August 11, 2018 – 7:39 am -

Welcome to the latest edition of SGN Scoops Fast Five. Recently we tracked down Doug Corum and gave him our Fast Five quiz. Now we all can learn a little more about this gifted Gospel singer! Doug makes his home in Stoneville, North Carolina.

1. Tell us how and when your ministry began.
Reign and Fire Ministries came together about three years ago as a result of God causing the paths to cross of three “misfits” saved by the blood of Jesus Christ.  Joshua Patterson and his wife Wendy had just come to our church, Saving Grace Ministries. Josh was the assistant pastor at that time and Wendy and I just seemed to speak the same language when it came to music. We would attend church services together and often stay late just talking about how the Spirit had moved in the church during the service and how we wanted to spread the gospel beyond the walls of our church. Pretty soon God began to open doors that would lead us to minister to folks that I believe could best relate to us, due to our own past mistakes and shortcomings. We just try to keep things simple and straight from God’s word and the Holy Spirit takes care of everything else.
After the founding pastor of Saving Grace Ministries, Gary Grubbs, passed away, Josh became the senior pastor. That did slow things down some as far as opportunities for all three of us to go out and minister. I have done my best to push forward with Reign and Fire Ministries to carry the gospel of Jesus Christ through any and all open doors to bring glory to the name of Jesus and see souls saved.

2. At what age did you feel God calling you into the ministry?
I have felt like God gifted me with a special talent since I was very young. I started singing solos in church when I was four and playing ukulele and guitar when I was seven. I sang all through high school and college and music was a huge priority in my life. However it wasn’t until the Holy Spirit began to make a change inside of me to make Jesus the number one priority in my life, that I began to understand what God’s calling on my life was truly about. I remember the Spirit waking me up around 3:00 am one morning . I started listening to music on youtube and soon found myself watching and listening to Gerald Crabb preach. I clicked through several of his videos and they all seemed to speak to me a message that was loud and clear: “Go! And don’t look back because faith doesn’t have a back up plan, a plan B, or a lifeboat waiting behind you just in case you fail.”

At 42 years old, sitting in my garage at 3:00 am in the morning, I asked God to give me the strength, courage, wisdom, and the necessary resources, to make the best record that I could make, and to guide me wherever He would have me to go to sing and tell people about Jesus. This was a huge step outside of my comfort zone but the only way that I knew I could fully understand and submit to God’s calling. At that point I knew I would be fine even if I failed big for Jesus but I couldn’t live with the regret of not knowing in my heart that I had given Him my very best effort.

I walked away from a 20 year career working in various human services roles. I had worked as an addictions counselor, a child protective services investigator, and as a school social worker. I truly believe that God is going to use all of those experiences I have had, to connect with people of all walks of life to see souls won and to let people know that there is always hope, if they keep their eyes on Jesus.

3. Tell us about your current radio single.
My current radio single is called, “Don’t Let the Devil Ride.” It was released to radio by Hey Ya’ll Media. This is a song that my pastor and I ran across and used to joke about it because it made us want to dance or move to the groove a little, but as the time came to decide which songs would be recorded on my debut album “Jesus is with Me,” this song was so different that it made the final cut. I sing hard and I love to sing in the Spirit, so this song seemed to fit me well. Praise God that the battle is His and the victory is ours, as we are no match for the devil without the blood of Jesus. I recall so many times in my own walk when a tiny compromise allowed the old devil right in and before you know it, the devil wants to drive and control your thoughts and actions, steering you away from God and into the darkness. Its a fun song with a very serious message.

4. Share your testimony.
When I was 13 years old, I lived with my grandparents because my parents had seperated and it was the only place that I could live and stay on a good schedule to attend school. I was an only child and just had to grow up really fast at age 13. My grandparents lived about a half mile up the road from a church and I would walk to church every time the doors opened with several of my neighborhood friends. I wish I could say it was all about the good preaching we heard and the choir music, but to be honest, it was the only thing we had to do, and the only place in walking distance that we got to see a lot of pretty girls that were our age. We had a great youth group of about 25 kids and very godly man, Hylton Webb, was our youth leader. I got saved and was baptised at age 13, there at Osborne Baptist Church. I have often thought back about the friends and fun we had in that youth group and now I can see how God used that youth group to keep many of us safe from the world. As I grew up and finished high school, I went on to be the first person from my family to graduate from a university. In 1997, I graduated from Appalachain State University in Boone, N.C. and moved back home to Eden, N.C. to go to work and settle down. I met my wife Vickie, and we were married in 2003. Before we were married we had started to attend Trinity Wesleyan Church. I led worship at Trinity for nearly 14 years before our pastor Wayne Johnson passed unexpectedly from a heart attack. In those 14 years we had gotten married in that church, adopted our two daughters who were dedicated and baptised in that church, and many other good memories were made there. After Wayne passed, God had a different plan for us as a family. We had already been down a very difficult road with our youngest daughter as she delt with severe emotional issues as a result of severe neglect prior to us adopting her. We had been through countless hopsitalizations with her and our home life was turned upside down. Before I knew it, I was drinking really bad in an effort to block out the pain and feelings of worthlessness. I had exhausted myself trying to figure out what it would take to fix our daughter and fix our family. Being a luke warm Christian is one of the most dangerous places that anyone can be. I look back now and if I had died during those 14 years that I impersonated a praise and worship leader, I would have been bound straight to a devil’s hell!
God moved us on to another church, Saving Grace Ministries,  that we now call home. I reconnected with pastor Gary Grubbs who was a close friend from back in my much wilder days. Gary used to get me into the bars and clubs to play music when I was a teenager. The Lord had changed Gary and called him to preach. We would often joke that Pastor Gary used to get me into the clubs and now he was trying to make sure that I stayed my course to get into Heaven. On November 15, 2015, my wife and I, along with our oldest daughter, went to the altar and I asked Pastor Gary to anoint me on behalf of our youngest daughter who was in the hopsital. I also asked Gary to pray that the Lord would remove every seed of doubt from my faith. A change took place inside of me that day that I cannot explain. The Lord delivered me from drinking and listening to any worldy music. The Lord gave me His strength and helped me to stand even when we were getting terrible news from the hospital concerning our daughter. There were so many days and nights that all I could do was pray and cry out to God to help us as a family, to touch our child and calm the rage that was going on inside of her spirit. Through it all God never failed us! I can remember getting calls from counselors at the facility where our daughter was being treated, and they were basically stating that there was no hope of her ever living outside of an institution. I would hang up and pray that God would make a way. Praise God He did! On April 20, 2018, we picked our daughter up and we arrived at home at 2:00 am on April 21, 2018, on her 15th birthday. I praise God today for the trials and the valleys that He had to bring me through for me to see how much I desperately need Him everyday. I really don’t know how I used to make it through a single day without Jesus being number one my life. Not just the obvious things, but every ounce of that old man had to die before I could become the man that God wants me to be today. I had known Jesus as my Savior since I was 13 years old, but it really came down to making Jesus the Lord of my life, trusting Him with every aspect of my life that placed me on the solid rock that I stand on today. Praise God for the precious blood of Jesus that paid my sin debt in full on the cross at Calvary. Nothing is impossible if you believe and trust in the finished work of the cross.

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