SGNScoops caught up with Roger Barkley Jr to ask him a few questions about his ministry and latest release to national radio entitled, “Good Ole’ Days.”
SGNScoops: Roger, what have you been up to in the recent months?
Roger: Since graduating in May with my degrees in Web Design, Graphics, and Video Editing, I have been putting my educationÂ to use in our ministry and continuing to evangelize with my family.
We have been seeing souls andÂ lives changed by God. A true blessing.
SGNScoops: We know radio has been playing your music. Is there a new song coming soon?
Roger: I have been busy working on releasing our new single and title track â€œGood Ole Days,â€ produced by Shane Roark on Mercy Road Records at Chapel Valley Music. I love those guys.
SGNScoops: Tell us a little about the song.
Roger: The song started out about telling about how I grew up on the farm, the way I was raisedÂ andÂ worked hard, where a hand shake and a manâ€™s word meantÂ more than a written contract. It talks about how we used to come together as families and such. As my wife is quick to point out when someone mentions the song, those are all great things, but if we miss the point of the song, in that turning back to the â€œGood Ole Daysâ€ needs to includeÂ turning back to the God of the â€œGood Ole Days,â€ we have missed the entire meaning of the song.
SGNScoops: That is great advice for the shape this country is in and we wish you well with this song.
Roger: Thank you. We are releasing it nationally and since it is technically classified Inspirational Country we are hoping secular stations may pick it up as well. We love playing at and to churches but want to let the rest of the world hear
our story as well.
SGNScoops: Your musicÂ sounds like it fills up yourÂ schedule. Is there anything else that occupies your time?
Roger: While I am not on the road I am privileged to lead worship at Leestown Gospel Church in Frankfort, KY on Sunday Mornings and Redemption Road Community Church in Stamping Ground, KY on Sunday Afternoons. I, my wife Dianna andÂ daughter Chelsea are continuing our education. They are going for their Masters in Counseling, while I am chugging away atÂ my Bachelor of Arts.
I have said it before that there is no such thing as a solo ministry. I cannot nor could not do this by myself. I know I have God on my side, but having a family that supports you and helps you makes life better in so many ways. I thank God for my wife, for my other threeÂ children (Derrek, Melinda, andÂ Amanda), for my Mom andÂ Dad that raised me, my pastors andÂ their wives and even my dumb brothers who you will hear me tell stories about from the stage daily. Family is
important to me.
SGNScoops: It sounds like you are a thankful man.
Roger: Iâ€™m very grateful that God has allowed me to do what I do. Back when we were doing over 250 dates per year (sometimes three perÂ day), I would hear, â€œwe gotta go” or, “we have to go.â€ My mind set is we â€œgetâ€ to go. We have the best story that was ever told. The greatest Man that ever lived. He did all of this for us andÂ until my last breath I will be proclaiming His name in some way, with some music, media, in some type of venue somewhere, as long as people will listen to my voice.
SGNScoops: Whatâ€™s coming up next for Roger Barkley Jr and your ministry?
Roger: My wife and daughter started a ministry called Measures of Hope that crochets prayer blankets, prayer shawls, and hats for those needing prayer. From babies in NIC Units, Cancer patients or ones who have lost loved ones or going through hard times, this simple ministry has had items reach around the world. I said that to say this: We are coming into a time of the year when people will be gathering around tables for many different holidays. We are heavily involved in
our local communities with helping people see that we have the ONLY Hope that there is in this world. That hope is Jesus. Our Hope is in Him. Itâ€™s not about recognition and fame. Itâ€™s not about how many followers you get on social media. If they do not have HOPE and do not see the hope in your life, then you need to examine yourselves. Â Lamentations 3:40
Let us test and examine our ways, and return to the Lord!
SGNScoops: Thank you for time Roger. How can people reach you or get your music?
Roger: All contact info is on my website at www.RogerBarkleyJr.com or www.BarkleyMusicandMedia.com Â or call our office 502-382-8299 â€“ all music can be purchased or downloaded there as well as on CD Baby Â Itunes andÂ Amazon.
Roger Barkley Jr. writes a column for SGNScoops magazine.
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