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Testimony Tuesday with Tim Bates

Written by Staff on May 30, 2017 – 4:46 am -

Tim and LaDonna Bates

LaDonna and Tim Bates

Tim Bates of The Bates Family gospel group sends us this testimony:

Tim Bates accidentally shot himself in the chest when he was four years old.The bullet severed an artery in his heart in two, powder burned his lungs and damaged his voice box. The doctors said that if he lived through it, he would never talk above a whisper.

Today, Tim is regarded as having one of the strongest voices in gospel music and has also been recognized as a gifted songwriter, having the opportunity to write with some of America’s most talented writers, and having the privilege of some of today’s gospel music artists record his material. He also does BGV(back ground vocal) work at the local recording facility close to his hometown.

Tim is also an evangelist, holding conferences throughout the year, along with their extensive touring schedule.

The Bates Family will be appearing at Creekside Gospel Music Convention 2017, from October 30 – November 2 at the Smoky Mountain Resort Center, Pigeon Forge, Tennessee. Special guests also include the Nelons, David Ring, Mark209, Pat Barker and more. Tickets are free but must be reserved. Visit the website for more information.

More about The Bates Family….

The Bates Family

Tim Bates and The Bates Family

This award winning family have been on the road since July of 1985. Their love for God along with the fresh sounds of today’s southern gospel mixed with a little country and praise & worship, have garnered them fans of all ages up and down the eastern seaboard. They have accumulated multiple hit songs throughout their career and are a mainstay on the popular television show Great American Gospel which airs on direct tv every week into 20 million households. LaDonna Bates is Tim’s wife, and is a stroke survivor who also is involved in BGV work. Her infectious and bubbly personality will cause you to feel like you have known her forever. Her smooth vocals and sincere delivery is the trademark of this gospel music veteran. LaDonna’s heart  is the young people of today.

LaDonna and Tim Bates

LaDonna and Tim Bates

“I want to offer a clear and direct answer to what our young kids face in America today, We never had it as bad as they do in today’s times. They need to hear that Jesus loves them and will be there when the road gets hard.”  LaDonna  is a hard working mom who enjoys a great pair of sweat pants and her favorite tv shows on her days off. For more, click here.


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Update on LaDonna Bates….

Written by scoopsnews on July 11, 2016 – 6:05 am -

NEW Ladonna Bates Update

NEW Ladonna Bates Update

Here is the latest update on our friend LaDonna Bates…. Praise God!

(From “Update Page” yesterday)

LaDonna had another great day today. She is now able to squeeze with her right hand! She is also walking during therapy without her cane!

We had a great visit with her tonight and her spirits were fantastic. It’s so great to hear her laugh and joking around with Tim, Greg and Steve.

Below you’ll find a collage of her room. It is so amazing to have her surrounded by reminders of all the support and people whose lives LaDonna has touched.

Please continue to pray for Tim , LaDonna and all The Bates Family.

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Praise God!!! Keep Praying and Sharing!

Written by scoopsnews on June 23, 2016 – 9:03 am -


New update on LaDonna Bates:

Update: God is so good! This morning the nurse walked into the room and LaDonna said “Good morning” clearly! Once Tim got to the hospital he said she became wide eyed and gave him a big smile! She has not said anything else at this point but she is obeying all commands given by the doctor; moving her head left to right, etc.

They have taken most IVs out but she is still pretty sedated. The doctors are doing an EEG to measure brain waves shortly. They also said a lot of swelling has already gone down on the left side of her brain which is fantastic!

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Update on LaDonna Bates…

Written by scoopsnews on June 21, 2016 – 5:53 am -



A page has been created on Facebook to keep up with latest on LaDonna. The page is entitled “LaDonna Bates updates.”

Here’s an update this am:

Update: They currently have LaDonna heavily sedated and will keep her that way for another day or so as her body recovers from the surgery. They did a post surgery cat scan which showed the bleeding that was causing the swelling has stopped! They expect the swelling will take a few days to go down.

The doctors will continue to run tests to determine the cause of her stroke during the next few days as well.

Our family cannot thank everyone enough for your continued outpouring of love and prayers. We are believing in God for a total healing!

We have created this group as a way to keep everyone informed and updated on LaDonna Bates and her recovery. We would like to thank everyone for the outpouring of love, texts, messages and prayers.

At this time LaDonna is still unable to communicate verbally and is slow with physical responses. The stroke affected the right side of her body but she does seem to have some feeling there.

Amber Wolf asked her for a thumbs up and LaDonna shot her left index finger up which is fantastic.

The doctors are continuing to run tests and we will keep this page updated as we get results.

From Yesterday:

Please pray for LaDonna and Tim Bates. LaDonna had a stoke early this morning.

They are at the hospital now. We spoke to TIm this morning and he asked that we put this on every prayer chain out there.

Will you pray? Please also share with your church prayer list.

We at SGN Scoops pray that God will wrap his loving arms around this precious couple as He begins to heal LaDonna.

Thank You!

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Bates Family Christmas fun!

Written by scoopsnews on December 5, 2015 – 2:42 am -

Bates Family Christmas

Tim Bates (The Bates Family)


We recently asked Tim Bates of The Bates Family to share a special Christmas Memory with us and this is what he had to say.

One of the things that I love to do at Christmas time is to gather around the piano at moms house and just have a jam session singing all the great Christmas songs. The really cool part is that anyone can join in with us whether you can sing or not, who cares, it’s all about hanging out with family and having fun and celebrating the birth of Jesus. Here is a video of the original Bates Family doing that very thing. We try and take advantage of every moment to get to sing together like we used to before I got called to preach and my bother and his wife started a church in northern VA. I love moments like this. Merry Christmas everyone and Happy New Year!!


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SGN Scoops’ Fast Five with the Bates Family

Written by Staff on November 9, 2015 – 9:57 am -

Bates Family

Bates Family

Welcome to SGN Scoops’ Fast Five! This week we welcome the Bates Family. This lively trio has been heating up the Southern Gospel airwaves with “Jesus On The Mainline.” But this group is about more than just great music; each one has a story to tell that illustrates the abiding love and care of Jesus Christ. Read on and get acquainted with the Bates Family!


imageSGN: Hi, Bates Family! Can you tell us a bit about yourselves?

Tim Bates: The Bates Family has been on the road since July of 1985. We play between 75 to 100 dates a year up and down the eastern seaboard. Since we all still work full time jobs, it’s really hard to do any more than that right now. We have had moderate success in Gospel music as writers and producers with nine radio hits to our credit in the Singing News, SGN Scoops and the Christian Voice. We just really love working in all aspects of ministry. It’s a lot of hard work, but the reward is so gratifying when you see your music touching so many people.


SGN: Please tell us about your latest release to radio. What kind of response have you received from the listeners?

Tim: “Jesus On The Mainline,” is being very well received everywhere we go. People are loving it! I think the reason is really simple. It’s familiar to the listener and it is so much fun to sing. This past weekend in VA we brought the pastor up to sing bass with us. The people just went crazy. Not to mention, it was so fun recording it. We actually brought in a black choir and they killed it! We are thrilled radio is liking it too; that really means so much to us.


SGN: Please introduce us to your group members.

imageBates Family: Our group members is kinda like a melting pot of experiences with having a God Encounter at some point in our lives. We’ll start with Tim.Tim was shot in the chest when he was four years old.The bullet severed an artery in his heart in two, powder burned his lungs and damaged his voice box. The doctors said that if he lived through it, he would never talk above a whisper. Today, Tim is regarded as having one of the strongest voices in the Gospel music field. He has also been blessed with the gift of songwriting, having the opportunity to write with some of America’s most talented writers, and having the privilege of artists recording his material. Tim is also an evangelist, holding conferences, youth camps, along with the Bates’ extensive touring schedule.

I’m LaDonna Bates (Tim’s wife). Back when we were expecting Laykin our daughter, we had received some bad news from the doctors telling us that she would be born with some sort of deformity and may even have a form of Down Syndrome because she was so tiny. They highly encouraged me to abort the pregnancy and start over in time.

Naturally, I cried and Tim and I held on to the promise that God was giving us this baby. No matter how she turned out, God would equip us to handle any situation. They warned us when it was time to have her that she may not cry. Well, she came out wailing and hasn’t stopped crying! We took her for annual check up the first year and the doctor had her file there. He just kept looking at her, then at the file. Several times this went on, then he finally took off his glasses and told us that according to her file she should’ve never made it. But she did and she’s healthy as any little girl could be. He said without a doubt that she is a miracle baby. Today Laykin is seven years old and loves singing at least one song a night.

Heather Meade is the latest vocal addition to the group and her testimony of second chances is so powerful.

Heather say, “I grew up in church and we were there whenever the church doors were open. I remember listening to all of the revival
Preachers and evangelists that would come. I always wished for a testimony like they gave; these big, powerful, life changing testimonies of what God had done for them or others they had encountered. My Mama would always say, ‘Be careful what you ask God, cause you just might get it.’

“I had been married one-and-a-half years when we found out we were expecting our first little boy. We were more than thrilled and loved preparing for his arrival. At right about 36 weeks, I began having some severe issues with the pregnancy. The doctors discovered I had a rare form of toxemia called ‘HELLP Syndrome,’and I would have to stay in the hospital until the baby was born. Now, I had strayed from God a few years before and was not in fellowship with Him as I should have been. Little did I know that He would use this to get me back.

image“It turned out that I would have to be induced immediately and I was not permitted an epidural. After 25 hours of labor, our sweet little boy was born at 9lbs., 15oz., perfectly healthy. However, I was not. I got to spend maybe 20 minutes with him over the next week and a half. After he was born, I began to hemorrhage and it got to the point where they called a chaplain in along with my family. This was after it was determined that I would have to have emergency surgery to try and stop the hemorrhage and the doctors weren’t sure they’d be able to.

“I remember being wheeled down the hall to the OR, no longer being able to see in color (due to blood loss), and it hit me that I was not where I should be with the Lord! That was the most scared I have ever been in my life! I remember having to give my wedding rings to my husband, not knowing if I’d ever see him or my newborn son ever again, and being more scared that if I died I would NOT wake up in Heaven! Why I didn’t repent right then, I don’t know, but He did. Everything is perfect in God’s time and He ordained every step of this journey. His grace allowed me a second chance.

“He woke me up after that surgery, when there was MUCH doubt that I would. He spared me and not long after, my husband and I both walked the aisle. I rededicated and my husband was saved that day.

“You know, being only 21, I figured I had plenty of time to come back to God. He gave me the knowledge that our next BREATH is not guaranteed and not to take time for granted. I’m so thankful that He not only spared me, but gave me the desire of my heart: to sing and minister for Him. Thank GOD for His merciful grace!”


SGN: What are some of your goals as Gospel music artists?

Tim: We would really like to get into some new areas to share our ministry, and also just keep working hard on our craft and try to get better in everything we do. All we have ever wanted is to be an example of what ministry is….LOVING PEOPLE.


SGN: What is some advice you would give to new artists?
Tim: I would say first and foremost make sure it’s a God thing not a you thing. Second, make sure you have the right people around your ministry that have Godly integrity and character to help advance your ministry to different levels. We have had so many people through the years that have helped us that had these qualities; we just wouldn’t be who we are today with out their perspective and influence. Third, please understand that it’s tough being on the road and not everyone is cut out for it. You will give more than you take and the sacrifices will be great at times, but the rewards are out of this world. And last but not least, remember this a ministry; the finances will always follow the anointing. People want to see your sermon, not hear it, and they will give to a ministry that has moved them.

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