By Jaquita Lindsey
Musical talent can often be captivating to an audience seeking to be entertained. More often than not, the admirer, or fan, leaves the performance blown away after an in-person experience. Although there is still a certain level of enjoyment to be had when it comes to artists who share the Gospel of Christ, the most important aspect of their music is songs that minister to hearts. I believe Sisters has both.
With astounding harmony and a heartfelt commitment to convey the love of Christ, Kim Ruppe Sheffield, Heather Ruppe Bennett, and Valerie Ruppe Medkiff create an impacting sound that is reaching the hearts of all ages and musical tastes.
Beginning of the Ruppe Dynasty
In 1974, Brenda Ruppe, alongside her husband Leo, began a music ministry under the name The Ruppes with Kim, then, age nine, and Heather, age eight. Valerie also contributed her part to the ministry at the young age of four. In 1975, the group recorded their first album, The Way, The Truth, The Life. From that point on, the family has experienced great success through the years.
Their most notable song as The Ruppes, and one that still remains a noteworthy favorite to all, is the stunningly beautiful “Under His Wings.” The Ruppes had many other top songs including their first number one, “Angels In The Room,” from the album Seasons. Their 2001 album release Born to Serve yielded a Grammy nomination.
Leo and Brenda Ruppe committed themselves as Godly parents to raising their daughters to serve the Lord, using their vocal talents. Years of ministry brought many changes for the Ruppe girls, as they have gone their separate ways at various times. Through it all, they continued to minister and they remained very close as a family. Now, God has opened the door for them to come full circle and sing together as Sisters. They love every minute of sharing the stage together.
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For Immediate Release – Acts 413 Ministries held their first prayer gathering event in Philadelphia on Friday, August 20 and exceeded all their expectations. Nearly 3000 church leaders, staff and members attended the event, featuring speaker Pastor Jim Cymbala of the Brooklyn Tabernacle. Jim Maxim, founder of Acts 413 and author of the new Whitaker House book, Face to Face with God, says the response shows the intense hunger the church has for prayer.
“We had pastors and leaders from every denomination in attendance,” says Maxim. “We had to open up an extra room at the convention center to accommodate the people. It shows us that God’s shepherds are hungry for revival and to pray for, and with, one another.”
Acts 413 Ministries was formed by Maxim to “serve God’s servants” through prayer and discreet ministerial support. Maxim, a successful businessman in the automotive industry, has felt a burden for many years to offer help to church pastors and their staffs. Recent statistics on pastors are alarming:
57% of pastors would leave the pastorate if they had somewhere else to go or some other vocation they could do;
70% don’t have any close friends;
80% believe that pastoral ministry affects their families negatively;
90% work more than 50 hours a week;
1,500 pastors leave ministry each month due to burnout, conflict, or moral failure.
Maxim believes the church body must become involved in lifting up church leadership, regardless of denomination.
“We are hoping that Christians across the world will join together and pray specifically for their leadership at least one day per week. Our first prayer gathering was proof that our church leaders are looking for an undergirding of prayer so we are encouraging that people pray for their local church pastors and staffs every Tuesday.”
Acts 413 will offer a Public Service Announcement to radio stations leading up to Pastor Appreciation Month in October. They will also be offering a free Prayer Strategies guide to help churches quickly engage their members. The guide gives specific instruction on how to formulate prayer groups for every ministry within the local church body.
Acts 413 is partnering with business sponsors to distribute Maxim’s new book Face to Face with God through the Teen Challenge organization as well as other ministries around the world. Maxim will be guest speaker for pastors and church leaders in Cuba in October. In addition to Acts 413 Ministries, Maxim serves on the boards of various ministries including People for People and World Impact and is the chair of The Hope Center, an inner-city crisis pregnancy center. Maxim also works with various mission organizations in Africa, ministering to both pastors and children.
Face to Face with God is Maxim’s true-life story of being restored and redeemed from addiction, self-destruction and rebellion. Laying in critical condition in the hospital, Maxim was confronted by the personal demons that plagued his life and then found himself face-to-face with Jesus. “I wrote this book for people like the old me who may feel like ‘lost causes,’” Maxim says. “I’ am living proof God answers prayer, and that absolutely no one is beyond His reach.”
For more information, visit www.Acts413.net.
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Hendersonville, TN (March 4, 2011) – The Perrys are honored to be the featured guests on Paul Heil’s The Gospel Greats for the weekend of March 5th, 2011. The radio show will include interviews with group members and songs from the Perrys’ new Daywind Records’ release, Blue Skies Coming.
This weekend’s Gospel Greats feature is one of many appearances and interviews with the Perrys in conjunction with the release of Blue Skies Coming, including three performances at the legendary Brooklyn Tabernacle in New York City last Sunday, February 27th. The audience of approximately 10,000 enjoyed some of the Perrys’ most popular ballads, such as “He Will Hide Me,” “Did I Mention,” and “If You Knew Him.”
The first single from the album, “Celebrate Me Home,” debuted in the top 30 this month on the Singing News charts.
Blue Skies Coming is available at Christian retail stores across the country and digitally at iTunes and other outlets. Bulk purchasing for gift and ministry purposes is available by calling 1-800-635-9581.
The Gospel Greats is a syndicated Southern Gospel radio program airing on nearly 200 radio stations across North America, as well as Sirius/XM satellite radio and the Internet. For more information on where you can hear The Gospel Greats radio program, visit thegospelgreats.com. For more information on the Perrys, visit perrysministries.com.
Daywind Records is based in Hendersonville, TN, and is distributed worldwide through New Day Christian Distributors. In addition to The Perrys, Daywind is home to many other great artists such as the Booth Brothers and Aaron & Amanda Crabb, among others. For more information on Daywind Records, visit daywindrecords.com.
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The Perrys Celebrate The Release Of Blue Skies With Appearance On TBN And At Brooklyn Tabernacle In NYCWritten by SGN Scoops Staff on February 21, 2011 – 1:41 pm -
Hendersonville, TN (February 21, 2011) – After months of anticipation, Daywind Records artist, The Perrys, are excited to announce the release of their newest album, entitled Blue Skies. The project is the first to feature new baritone, Bryan Walker, and will be available in stores starting this week.
To celebrate the release of the album, The Perrys will be appearing on TBN’s Praise The Lord. The two hour program, hosted by Jason Crabb, will be taped Tuesday night, February 22, at Trinity Music City in Hendersonville, TN, beginning at 7 pm CST. The show will air on Friday, February 25, at 9 pm CST. Also appearing are The McKameys, Legacy Five & Allison Durham Speer.
The Perrys will also be appearing live at Brooklyn Tabernacle in Brooklyn, NY this Sunday, February 27, for three services. This marks the first time The Perrys have appeared there.
Blue Skies, produced by Wayne Haun, features the same moving lyrics paired with classic blends that has become synonymous with the Perry name. With songs written by Kyla Rowland, Dianne Wilkinson, Wayne Haun, Joel Lindsey and Joseph Habedank, the album has no shortage of great songs that fans are sure to love. The first radio single, “Celebrate Me Home,” which debuted at number 30 on the Singing News charts, has already touched the hearts of listeners across the country.
“We’re really excited, because there has been a lot of hard work put into this album,” shares Tracy Stuffle of The Perrys. “We feel as though it’s one of the best song selections we’ve had. With the first single debuting at number 30, we think great things are going to come from this recording. It’s already become a fan favorite before it’s released, and we’re excited for everyone to hear these songs.”
Blue Skies is available at Christian retail stores across the country and digitally at iTunes and other outlets. Bulk purchasing for gift and ministry purposes is available by calling 1-800-635-9581.
Daywind Records is based in Hendersonville, TN, and is distributed worldwide through New Day Christian Distributors. In addition to The Perrys, Daywind is home to such great artists as Sisters and the Mark Trammell Quartet, among others.
To hear clips from this project, visit http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fs-LuHuVwMY. For more information on The Perrys, visit perrysministries.com. For more information on Daywind Records, visit daywindrecords.com.
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