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Williamsons Keep The Kids Going

Williamsons Keep The Kids Going

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Weleetka, Oklahoma (May 27, 2016) Award winning Gospel group, The Williamsons, are again community minded as they support a 5 and 6 year old little league team in Weleetka, Oklahoma.

Group owner and Baritone singer, Donnie Williamson said, “We again wanted to support our community and sponsor a little league team. This year it is the Williamson Hurricanes.”

The Hurricanes are a 5 and 6 year old coach-pitch baseball team. So far this year they have six wins and only one loss. Number 7, Patrick Hebert is the son of Williamsons bass singer Darin Hebert. He plays the pitcher position and has hit nine home runs so far this season! Darin is one proud daddy!

Donnie and Lisa’s daughter Sadie is playing fast-pitch softball this year with her team Extreme Heat. She enjoys playing center field. Their win record has not been as impressive as the Hurricanes but they are still having a great time!

You can learn more about the Williamsons by going to http://www.williamsonsmusic.com.

Follow the group on FaceBook at https://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Williamsons and Twitter at https://twitter.com/WilliamsonsSG .

To book the Williamsons contact scheduling@thedominionagency.com .

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About The Williamsons

The Williamsons began sharing the Gospel through music in 1998 as The Homesteaders Quartet. The dream of Donnie Williamson was to form a group to sing classic Gospel music on a limited basis. What he wanted to do never occurred. From the group’s onset their demand was overwhelming. Soon they were performing more than 100 dates a year. For the past several years The Williamsons have been in full time Christian ministry and entertainment and have traveled across the United States, Canada, and Mexico. Their music has been in national charts and were they honored to be nominated for Breakthrough Artist and Favorite Group awards at the Absolutely Gospel Fan Awards. Absolutely Gospel also named them as one of the Top Ten Groups to Watch, as well as in the Top Ten for Best New Mixed Group in the Singing News Fan Awards.

Their high energy musical style appeals to people of all ages. The versatility of The Williamsons is evident through the wide variety of musical styles they perform. There is always something for everyone. The marketing of their performances targets families and not just fans of any particular type of music. Spending an evening with The Williamsons is sure to be one that will lift you up, bless you, and entertain you all at the same time. Their primary desire is to share the Gospel in such a way that those in attendance who do not know Jesus Christ will come to know him before the program is over.

Lore Family Ministries Celebrate 10th Anniversary

Lore Family Ministries Celebrate 10th Anniversary

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Ministry of Songs, Sermons, and Seminars Began on Mother’s Day 2006

Portsmouth, OH (May 25, 2016) The Lore Family will always remember Mother’s Day, 2006 as a landmark time for their ministry of songs, sermons and seminars. May, 2016 is also a month of milestones and blessings for the family as they celebrate their 10th anniversary in ministry. They recently hosted the “Real Women Retreat” with over 200 of attendance, while their radio ministry continues to be blessed, with the chart climbing song, “Trace the Grace.”

What began as a Mother’s Day surprise for Sandy Lore, has blossomed into one of Southern Gospel’s top family ministries. The Lore Family ministers to thousands a year in concerts, revivals, and seminars. This year they will minister in 15 states and be a part of some of Southern Gospel’s biggest events.

They recently celebrated their first top ten song, “I Lived to Tell About It,” and their current single, “Trace the Grace,” is quickly climbing, and will be at number 16 in the July Singing News Southern Gospel radio chart.

Here are some excerpts from a recent Facebook post where Darren Lore talks about the origin of the Lore Family Ministries, the blessings they’ve received over the years.

“Mother’s Day 2016 marked the 10th ANNIVERSARY of The Lore Family Ministries. Ten years ago, we had no idea that God was leading our family into a full-time, music-evangelistic ministry! On Mother’s Day night, 2006, Fayth Lore(10), Samuel Lore (9) and I sang a special song. We wanted to surprise Sandy Lore during Mother’s Day evening service. We sang, “I’ve Come Too Far”. Our first stage was Seventh Street Christian Baptist Church in Portsmouth, Ohio. I was the pastor of that small congregation. Eventually, the surprise would be on all four of us! From that inner-city congregation, our family would begin to trickle out into other churches. The journey continued from there.”

“Over the past 10 years, we’ve ministered in hundreds of churches. We have met thousands of people. By this years end, we will have ministered in nearly 15 States. We’ve been honored to sing, preach, teach and participate in so many camps, revivals, services and concerts. We love ministering the Word through songs, sermons and seminars.”

The Lore Family considers reaching the lost as the most important part of their ministry. Darren continues “In the past decade, we’ve witnessed countless numbers of folks come to know Christ. We’ve prayed with hundreds at the altars. The MAIN purpose of our ministry is seeing lives changed through the power the Gospel”.

The Lore Family is also grateful for the opportunities they’ve received and the favor shown them. “We’ve met a host of Southern Gospel artists in our travels. From legends like Squire Parsons to local church groups, we’ve been blessed through so many ministries and friendships. Many have inspired, encouraged, supported and challenged us. Being a part of NQC, Gatlinburg Gathering and Dollywood have been rewarding. We also look forward to singing at Silver Dollar City in 2016.”

Sharing Biblical truth is the heart the Lore Family. Darren continues, “We’ve become acquainted with some of the best pastors and preachers through our travels. There are still ministers who preach the Truth and nothing but the Truth! Some have become dear, personal friends of our family. We know that we can count on the prayers of these precious friends. We LOVE being a part of services with strong, anointed, Biblical preaching!””

As Darren explains, the Lore Family is a true family Ministry. “Our vision for conferences continues to grow. Four years ago, Fayth started the ‘True Purpose’ Conferences for young ladies. Last year, our family started the ‘Determined’ Youth Conferences. Twenty one teenagers were saved at that first conference. Sandy and Fayth are strong supporters of women ministry. They totally love conducting, ministering, singing at ladies conferences. They are super-hyper about the ‘Real Women’ Conference coming up in 2 weeks! Samuel is very vital to our ministry. His singing, preaching, tech-skills and a 100 other behind-the-scene tasks is a strength to our family.”

The Lore Family’s media ministry has also been blessed over the years. Darren explains, “Seven years ago The Lore Family began our radio ministry. We released, “An Absolutely Good Day” in April 2009. Over the ten year span, we would record a total of 5 projects and one DVD. We were privileged to be a part of the Camp Meeting Friends DVD’S and CD’S. We currently are on our 16th national radio release (Trace the Grace). Songs, such as, “He Still Bears the Scars”, “The Only Way Out Is Through”, “Come On and Praise Him”, “I Lived To Tell About It”, “It Shall Be Well” and “Trace the Grace” have helped identify our family ministry. I can’t thank enough all of the DJ friends that we’ve met. If it wasn’t for them, our songs wouldn’t be heard! This year, it was a great honor for the Jimmy Swaggart Ministries to pick up “I Lived To Tell About It”. Donna Carline sings the fire out of that Marcia Bloodworth Henry and Barbara Huffman co-write! Through our ministry, they discovered the song. And, now so many more lives are being helped. Our family is currently planning on recording a project featuring Fayth and Samuel. Later on, we will do another family record.”

“Last year, we became a part of the Great American Gospel TV ministry. And, now we’re sharing the Gospel in song world-wide through song. We thank Danny and Dee Kramer for including us in their ministry. Some of you will remember the song they wrote, ‘He’s In the Midst’ (Bishops).”

“God’s hand of protection has been on our family. We have traveled thousands of miles. God has sheltered us. He even flew with Sandy in a helicopter ride to Columbus, Ohio! Our Heavenly Father is now proving that He’ll be our daily Provision. He is our Healer, our Friend, our Shield, our Lord. We praise His Holy Name for allowing us the opportunity to serve Him. He is enlarging our coasts. And, we praise HIM.”

Thankful for the prayerful support they receive, Darren concludes, “We also thank YOU for believing and supporting our family ministry. Thank you for sharing our ministry with others. Thank you for opening up your arms and pulpits for us to serve. Thank you for investing in our ministry. Only God knows where The Lore Family Ministries will be in 10 more years. Perhaps, we all will be singing around God’s Throne! But, one thing is certain, we’re not about to quit!”

For more information on the Lore Family Ministries, go to www.thelorefamilyministries.com.

Jeff Stice Earns His Bachelor of Arts Degree

Jeff Stice Earns His Bachelor of Arts Degree

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Gospel Music Hall Of Fame Inducts Jeff Stice With The Nelons

Nashville, Tennessee (May 24, 2016) On May 13th Jeff Stice, musician extraordinaire, graduated from Louisiana Baptist University with a degree for Bachelor of Arts in Music. While most people take the transitions in life without taking advantage of the situation, but Jeff took his situation to advance his his education.

Jeff stated, “When I began my solo career I decided to go back to school and get my degree! Well nearly two years later I got it! I graduated from Louisiana Baptist University with my Bachelor of Arts degree!! I’m going to continue to get my Masters too.”

For more information about Louisiana Baptist University located in Shreveport Louisiana go to: http://www.lbu.edu/.

Jeff also had the honor recently of being inducted into the Gospel Music Association Hall of Fame for his years of traveling and playing with The Nelons.

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Jeff was excited to say, “This family will never know the impact they’ve made in my life. Rex Nelon gave me a chance, and Kelly and Jason continue to do that. Todd Nelon allows me to come and share my music at his church. They are like my second family…I’ll be 56 in a couple of weeks and as I look back over my life, Gospel Music has pretty much been its focus. I’ve been blessed to see a lot of places and I’ve gotten to experience many things. Accolades and achievements that if I’m honest, made me feel good….at the time. There have also been times, that if I’m honest, I was too focused on Gospel Music . We all set goals because it feels good and motivates us when we reach them. With me, there were times that my goals became my identity. That happened because I spent more time with my goal than I did with my Heavenly Father.”

Continuing Stice commented, “When I should have been the happiest guy in the world I was miserable and my life was falling apart . Why God never gave up on me is beyond my ability to reason or figure out. Sometimes I feel like we think we know what God thinks and how He should react to things. Have I got it all figured out? Hardly! I’m just trying to finish well. I do not take things for granted. And I know what Phillipians 3:13-14 means ( look it up! It’s inspiring!) THE GOSPEL MUSIC HALL OF FAME…..Thank you Nelons, Mom and Dad and my friends. I love you so much. All I can say is wow!”

You can learn more about Jeff Stice at http://www.jeffsticemusic.com or https://www.facebook.com/jeffsticemusic.

He can be Twittered at https://twitter.com/JeffsBleedinBlu/.

To book Jeff contact Beckie at the Beckie Simmons Agency by e-mailing beckie@bsaworld.com or call 615-595-7500.

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About Jeff Stice

Jeff Stice , affectionately known as “Mr Piano Man” is having an incredible musical journey and has reached pinnacles of great success in The Gospel Music World.

During his twelve year span with Triumphant Quartet Jeff was honored to receive a number of awards and recognitions. He was voted MUSICIAN OF THE YEAR in 2007 by the Southern Gospel Music Guild. He received THE FAVORITE MUSICIAN OF THE YEAR AWARD in 2009 and 2012 at The Southern Gospel Fanfare. In 2007 he was voted into THE EDMONSON COUNTY MUSIC HALL OF FAME in Brownsville, KY. In 2010 and 2011 he received GRAMMY and DOVE AWARD nominations. He received the Musician of the Year for the Absolutely Gospel Music Awards in 2015.

Reverend John W. Hill Passes Away

Reverend John W. Hill Passes Away

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Father of Dr. Tim Hill, Director Of Church Of God World Missions

SAGINAW, TX (May 20, 2016) Reverend John W. Hill, father of Director Of Church Of God World Missions, Dr. Tim Hill, passed away May 19, 2016 after many years of serving the Lord as Pastor and encourager to anyone he met. Known as a man with a kind spirit and tender heart, he will be greatly missed by his family and those to whom he ministered.

Dr. Tim Hill stated of his Dad “Among several important components of his legacy he mentored, influenced, and set forth well over 25 individuals and couples into Ministry in the Church of God. I am one of those. I love my Dad, Reverend John W. Hill.”

The following is Reverend Hill’s Obituary from the Mt. Olivet Chapel in Fort Worth, TX:

Rev. John W. Hill, 87, went to his heavenly home Thursday, May 19, 2016, surrounded by family at his home in Saginaw.

Visitation: 5 to 7 p.m. Sunday at Mount Olivet.

Funeral: 2 p.m. Monday at Church of God, Lakeside, TX. Interment: Greenwood Memorial Park.

John was born in Shamrock on July 18, 1928, to John W. Hill Sr. and Jewel Hill. Accepting Christ as his personal Savior in his early 20s, John became a credentialed minister in the Church of God in 1954. Soon after, he was evangelizing and pastored several churches. John loved missions and avidly supported church planting overseas.

John pastored 13 churches, evangelized in nine states, and participated in international ministry in Mexico, Panama and Puerto Rico. During the course of his ministry, he preached 5,100 sermons resulting in 1,820 commitments to Christ.

The ministry of John Hill is one of achievement, obtaining and earning various degrees. A favorite emphasis of his ministry was the mentoring of more than 25 ministers who became pastors, evangelists, missionaries, and church leaders.

In recent years, John traveled as a growth consultant to small churches, training and mentoring pastors in various programs and church growth techniques. Ever faithful, he continually counseled, prayed, and encouraged many by phone.

A man of great character and integrity, his life can be encapsulated by the scripture found in 2 Samuel 3:38: . . . “And the king said unto his servants, Know ye not that there is a prince and a great man fallen this day in Israel?” John’s legacy has been forever established.

Survivors: His wife of 71 years, Mildred; children, Cathy Miller (Lewis), Gayle (Ivan Abbott), Johnny (Carolyn Hill), Helen (James Story) and Timothy (Paula Hill); grandchildren, Dianna, Johnny, Edgar, Amanda, Crystal, Melinda, Justin, Kimberly, Brittany and Tara; great-grandchildren, Jessica, Lacee, Alyssa, Ryder, Brayden, Hailey, Seana and Lucas; great-great-grandchildren, Lylah and Hayden; and sisters, Juanita Walker and Barbara Jett.

Karen Peck Receives Honorary Doctorate Degree In Divinity

Karen Peck Receives Honorary Doctorate Degree In Divinity

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Dahlonega, Georgia (May 19, 2016) On Saturday May 14th Karen Peck received the double honor of speaking at the Toccoa Falls College 2016 Commencement, in addition, Dr. Bob Myers awarded her an Honorary Doctorate Degree in Divinity.

Dr. Bob Myers stated, “It was my privilege to bestow the Honorary Doctor In Divinity Degree to Karen Peck Gooch for her lifetime Ministry of service to the Kingdom of God.”

The Toccoa Falls College website stated, ” Karen Peck is the lead singer for the four time Grammy nominated Karen Peck and New River and is a three-time GMA Dove Award winner. She served two terms, 2010 and 2011, as the first woman president for the SGMA (Southern Gospel Music Association).

She has received many honors and accolades. In 2012, she landed a part in the movie, Joyful Noise, which also had her performing the song “Mighty High” on the film’s soundtrack. Karen has an acting role in the faith-based film Redeemed.

Karen Peck and New River was formed in 1991. They have had several number one hits such as ‘Four Days Late’, ‘Hold Me While I Cry’, ‘I Want To Thank You’, ‘On The Banks Of The Promised Land’, ‘Revival’, ‘Finish Well’, and ‘Pray Now’ just to name a few.

Karen is very honored to serve on the Board of Directors for Abraham Productions. She resides in Dahlonega, Ga. along with her husband, Rickey Gooch, and two children, Matthew and Kari.”

Karen commented, “It was a wonderful day! Special thanks to Dr. Bob Myers for awarding me with an Honorary Doctorate Degree in Divinity from Toccoa Falls College. I am so thankful and honored!”