1 Chronicles 25:6 became the catalyst that started a journey almost forty years ago.
The verse reads, “All these were under the hands of their father for song in the house of the Lord, with cymbals, psalteries, and harps, for the service of the house of God, according to the king's order to Asaph, Jeduthun, and Heman.”
The Lord used this verse to impress upon Dad’s heart to train his family to serve the Lord through music. Although the three oldest sisters had already been learning to sing and play instruments when Dad read this verse, they began practicing with more determination in preparation for the music ministry to which God was calling them.
In September of 1976, Dad, Mom, and the six oldest siblings (Julia, Rebekah, Jennifer, Deborah, Sharon, and Joanna) packed their belongings into a 1948 Oneida bus and left their home on Long Island, New York. With only two scheduled meetings, they stepped out in faith and began traveling full-time. The adventure resembled Abraham’s adventure, who “went out not knowing whither he went.” But God proved Himself to be more than sufficient to meet every need and opened doors for them to minister in all fifty states and in six countries.
Dad preached in many of the meetings. Skits, dramas, and puppets were added in those early days to provide more opportunities to minister to churches. The first group that sang consisted of Dad, Mom, Julia, Rebekah, and Jennifer. Over the years, the Lord added two brothers (Jonathan and Matthew) and two more sisters (Jessica and Monica). All of us were taught to play at least two instruments (including guitar, piano, banjo, violin, mandolin, trumpet, baritone, harp, harmonica, and dobro) and to use our voice for the glory of God.
As the years passed, the five oldest sisters and two brothers married and are now serving the Lord in different parts of the U.S. and on one foreign field. The three youngest sisters are pursuing further education and ministries. You can read about all ten of us at the extended family update page.
Dad & Mom live in Tunnelton, West Virginia. (Read more about them here.) Although they spend the majority of their time at home, they continue to bring a ministry of preaching and music to churches wherever the Lord leads them. When they are home they attend Independent Baptist Church in Kingwood, West Virginia, where they teach a children’s class and help in other ministries of the church.
The goal of our music ministry has always been to provide a variety of Godly music with a Scriptural message. We believe that if music is to be different from the world, the musician’s goal must be to glorify and honor Christ and Him alone. Only then will the world hear and see what they are thirsty for—not an imitation of what they already have—but a reflection of God’s light in a separated Christian life.