The 2012 James Blackwood Lifetime Achievement Award goes to The Bradfords Memphis, TN

Each year on the Thursday before Christmas, Allen Guyer and Keith Inman present “Home For Christmas”. It started eighteen years blackwoodsago and benefits the Memphis Union Mission. “Home For Christmas” is just that, several artists, evangelists and ministries of all types come home to the Memphis area for Christmas. Allen and Keith decided to put together a concert and have the money go to help the needy. To date this concert has raised over $68,000.00 for the Memphis Union Mission.

The first year of “Home For Christmas”, James Blackwood was presented a Lifetime Achievement Award for his unmeasurable contribution of sharing the gospel. With his permission the award became “The James Blackwood Lifetime Achievement Award”, and has been presented each year to someone who has dedicated their life to taking the gospel message to the lost.

Steve and Christie Bradford are the 2012 recipients of “The James Blackwood Lifetime Achievement Award” presented by “Home For Christmas” in Memphis, TN.

Steve and Christie met in high school and began singing together even before they were married, almost 29 years ago. They have two children, Randi Bradford Nash, age 26 and Brandon Bradford, age 20. The Bradfords began as a duet and have had different ones throughout their ministry to fulfill the third part. They produced a television program called “Southern Gospel, Memphis Style” which aired for over ten years. Steve and Christie also worked for Paul Boden at the U.S. Gospel News for many years. When Paul passed away, they started “Gospel Music News” which was a printed and web-based publication. They also worked for Frank Arnold Productions providing sound and video at his concerts for over five years. In the very beginning they started working at “The National Quartet Convention” which they have now been doing for 28 years.

The Bradfords are currently on staff at First Baptist Church of Portageville, MO. Steve is the Associate Pastor leading worship and working with the youth. Christie is also on staff as a Ministry Assistant and also works with the youth. They also still travel and do concerts as Bradford Ministries, while doing several revivals with life-long friends, Mark and Kimsey LaRue as Bradford Ministries Revival Team.

You can contact Bradford Ministries at 901-647-4453 or at