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The Church of God (Cleveland, TN) Announces Dr. Timothy Hill As New General Overseer

The Church of God (Cleveland, TN) Announces Dr. Timothy Hill As New General Overseer

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Cleveland, Tennessee (July 25, 2016) In an astounding vote of confidence, the Church of God (Cleveland, Tennessee) has selected Dr. Timothy Hill as the new General Overseer of the organization.

Dr. Hill has spent the last four years as the Director of Church of God World Missions with tremendous success in that position raising millions of dollars and building thousands of new churches around the world. Under his direction the Marcelley’s Dream mission project has been a huge success helping supply the essentials of Word, Water, Walls and Wellness for millions of children and their families in poor areas of the world.

Dr. Hill will be speaking at the Johnny Minick Ministries Annual Camp-Meeting at River Of Life in Smyrna, Tennessee on Wednesday, July 27th joined by Goodman Revival.

Dr. Hill is a real fan of Southern Gospel and has been invited to speak at the 2016 National Quartet Convention in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee on Saturday, October 1st.

Dr Hill commented, “The Church of God has a rich heritage in Southern Gospel Music. The Red Back Hymnal, Tennessee Music and Printing Company, great singers and publishers such as Vestal Goodman, Eva May LeFevre, Judy Nelon and many others had and have COG in their spiritual DNA. To be General Overseer of such an impactful movement and denomination is incredibly surreal for me personally.”

You can learn more about Dr. Tim Hill by going to his website at Tim Hill Website.

Dr. Hills FaceBook page is https://www.facebook.com/TimHillMinistries?fref=ts.

Johnny Minick Ministries Hosts Annual Camp-Meeting

Johnny Minick Ministries Hosts Annual Camp-Meeting

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Smyrna, Tennessee (July 20, 2016) It is that time of year again when River of Life Church and Johnny Minick Ministries welcome the JMM Annual Camp-Meeting 2016. Camp-Meeting 2016 is just around the corner with a packed line-up. Every night will be filled with anointed singing and preaching. It will be a time when needs are met, whether they are physical, financial, marital, or whatever need you might have.

The Camp-Meeting will go from Sunday, July 24th through Wednesday, July 27th. There is no charge, just bring your best Praise and watch God move. The church is located at 596 Sam Ridley Parkway W.
Smyrna, TN 37167. For more inforfmation call 615-459-2533.

Below is the Schedule of times and speakers:

Sunday July 24th

9am – Sam Kaunley

11am – Marvin Gorman

6pm – Mike Smalley

Monday July 25th

7pm – Mike Brown

Tuesday July 26th

7pm – James Payne

Wednesday July 27th

7pm – Tim Hill

Johnny Minick with Goodman Revival recently performed at the Church of God (Cleveland, TN) General Assembly, an event where Pastors from around the world gather every two years to conduct the business of the organization.

Minick commented. “It was an honor to celebrate with Missionaries and Ministers from around the world who gather to take care of operations as well as a time of spiritual refreshing.”

Lore Family Ministries Continues Busy Summer of Songs, Sermons and Seminars

Lore Family Ministries Continues Busy Summer of Songs, Sermons and Seminars

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Portsmouth, Ohio (July 18, 2016) The Summer of 2016 has been a busy, productive and blessed season for The Lore Family. During June, they participated in 23 services. Not only did they minister in song but preached 21 of the services. Also, they began production of a new CD project, “Generation Now”, which will feature Fayth and Samuel Lore.

The Lore Family were also featured artist on the nationally, syndicated radio program, “The Gospel Greats”. They are also a top five finalist in the 2016 SGN Scoops Diamond Awards, nominated for Sunrise Artist of the Year, and Sunrise Quartet.of the Year.

When asked about the month of singing, preaching and ministering, Darren Lore said, “We had a very busy but blessed June, ministering in 23 services. This included two camp meetings, a revival, concerts and other evangelistic efforts.” During the CYA in the Morehead, Kentucky region, each family member shared the Word through singing, teaching, devotions or preaching. At least 20 souls were converted during the youth camp! The following week, The Lore Family began an eight day, open-air, old-fashioned camp meeting. Although it was hot, the crowd was very responsive. There were as least six more souls saved at the Six Mile Turn Camp!”

The Lore Family is also spending time in the recording studio. Darren Lore said, “We are currently working on a new project. I made two trips to Nashville, in June, to co-write with Joseph Habedank, Donna and Zane King. And, a third trip to cut the tracks and begin vocals. ‘Generation Now’ project will have eight originals and two cover songs.” He continued, “This project will feature Fayth and Samuel Lore. Fayth had the inspiration for ‘Generation Now’, and co wrote the title cut, her first recorded original song. ‘Generation Now’ will include fantastic originals penned by such writers as Lee Black, Marcia Henry, Sue Smith, Joseph Habedank, Darren Lore, Matthew Lawson, Donna and Zane King,” he concluded. “Generation Now” will bridge generation gaps while crossing over into other genres The Lore Family is excited about this project and the impact it can have on the younger generation who need to hear this message now, more than ever.

Donna King is the producer of ‘Generation Now’. She had this to say about the Lore Family and the new album, “I am so excited to be producing this new project for the Lore Family featuring Fayth and Samuel. The world needs to see young people, not only embracing their faith in Christ, but taking a stand against the direction the world is going and offering a new road to this generation. God has called them and they are answering His call.” King continues, “And, to make it even better, they are so very talented. I believe their voices will be heard and this album will have a powerful impact on their generation, as well as those who came before them and those who will come after.”

Also, The Lore Family received the news that ‘Trace the Grace’ climbed to #14 on the Singing News August charts. And, their current single, ‘World of Hurt’ is beginning to grow nationally. And to top it off, July is looking busier than ever, with production of the “Generation Now” project and ministering in 25 services which include three camp meetings and Samuel preaching a VBS, revival. The Lore Family feels blessed as God continues to shower them with his favor.

Grace English, Mother Of Michael and Biney English Passes Away

Grace English, Mother Of Michael and Biney English Passes Away

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Wallace, NC (July 14, 2016) Grace English, mother of Gospel singers Michael and Biney English passed away yesterday surrounded by her family after bravely battling the illness that took her life.

Michael stated, “Thank you everyone for all your thoughts and prayers.

‘There’ll be no sorrow there, no more burdens to bear,

No more sickness, no pain, no more parting over there;

And forever I will be with the One who died for me,

What a day, glorious day that will be.’

My Momma is no longer in pain and she’s in the arms of Jesus. The ultimate healing. She was my biggest supporter and fan. I love you Momma!”

Send cards of condolences to:

Stevens Management Group

Att: Michael English

2861 Call Hill Road

Nashville, TN 37211

The following is the Obituary from the Quinn McGowen Funeral Home Wallace Chapel:

Grace Elizabeth Torrans English, age 80, of Wallace, North Carolina left this earthly life for her eternal rest on Wednesday, July 13, 2016 from Vidant Duplin Hospital.

She was born February 12, 1936 in Duplin County, North Carolina and the daughter of the late Joshua Ellis and Elizabeth Blanchard Torrans. Grace was also predeceased by her sister and best friend, Judy Linda Stone and twin brothers, Ellis Ray Torrans, Sr. and Thomas Grey Torrans.

Grace was owner and manager of Biney’s Music in Wallace. Surviving are her devoted sons, Biney English and wife Beverly of Wallace and Michael English of Nashville, TN; grandchildren, Jessica English Whitley, Megan Cook and husband Keith, Sean English, Isabella English and Grace English; great grandchildren, Alexis Whitley, Madison Whitley, Asia Whitley, Chloe Whitley, Macie Whitley, Isaiah Calcote, Stella Cook, Ruby Cook and Georgia Cook; brother Jackie Torrans of Harrells; special niece Kimberly Rose Stone and other numerous nieces, nephews and friends that loved Grace dearly.

Grace was a loving mother and caring grandmother and friend. She found great joy in the simplest of things, but her greatest joy was family. With a kind heart and witty personality, she was a great pleasure to be around. Grace loved her family and was especially proud of her sons, Biney and Michael as well as her precious grandchildren. She was a lady in every sense of the word and to know Grace was to love her. She will surely be missed but cherished memories will forever live in the hearts of those who knew and loved Grace English.

Funeral service will be held at 2:00 pm on Friday, July 15, 2016 at Quinn McGowen Funeral Home Wallace Chapel.

Burial will follow in Devotional Gardens in Warsaw, North Carolina.

The family will receive friends from 1:00 to 2:00 pm, one hour prior the service on Friday at the funeral home.

Memorial gifts may be sent to Golden Rule Foundation Inc., 155 Fussell Square Lane, Teachey, NC 28464.

You may share your memories and send condolences to the family by selecting our “Guestbook” or “Share a Memory” above.

Quinn-McGowen Funeral Home and Cremation Center of Wallace, NC.

11th HOUR Signs With Beckie Simmons Agency

11th HOUR Signs With Beckie Simmons Agency

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Nashville, Tennessee (July 11, 2016) The Beckie Simmons Agency is thrilled to announce the addition of the award-winning Gospel music group 11th HOUR to its roster of artists.

It takes time for any up and coming group to reach the level of quality and stature to be considered by any premiere booking agency. 11th Hour has worked very hard to get to that level. Their achievements include two number one songs on the charts already in 2016 and winning Progressive Song of the Year for “Jesus Is In the House” at the Absolutely Gospel Music Awards

“11th Hour is living proof that ‘cream rises to the top’! It’s not often that you find young people seasoned with a commitment to Christ that shines through every song they perform. Having just had their second #1 song, 11th Hour is truly a prime example to their generation. BSA is so honored to be a part of this journey with Amber, Jaquita and Grant, along with Chris White and the team at Crossroads. What a combination! And with God’s help, the sky is the limit for them.” stated Beckie Simmons.

11th Hour lead singer Amber Eppinette commented, “I just knew from the moment we sat down and talked there was a kindred spirit with Beckie. We are very honored and thrilled to start this new journey with BSA. Our support team at Crossroads Records, AG Publicity, and now Beckie Simmons Agency gives us all the elements we need to reach a larger audience with the message of the Good News.”

Pamela Unthank of AG Publicity said, “Working with 11th HOUR has been a pleasure since they signed with us last September. Their dedication to spreading the Gospel with the highest professionalism makes them a credit to the SGM community and shows us a glimpse into the future of our genre.”

Inaugural Event To Feature Mark Bishop with Special Guest Aimee’ Garner

Inaugural Event To Feature Mark Bishop with Special Guest Aimee’ Garner

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Monteagle, TN (July 11, 2016) Gospel Music’s newest dinner theater series begins Thursday, July 14th, at Jim Oliver’s Smokehouse Restaurant, in Monteagle, TN. The event will feature one of gospel’s top singer/songwriters Mark Bishop, with special guest Aimee’ Garner.

The Harmony Road Gospel Music Dinner Theater not only offers the best in gospel music, but also a wonderful home cooked buffet, including entrees, vegetables (vegan options available), cornbread, salad bar, special dessert, and soft drinks, coffee or tea. Dinner will be available from 4:30-6:00 p.m. Central Time, with the concert starting at 6:00. Jim Oliver’s Smokehouse Restaurant and Resort is located top beautiful Monteagle, Mountain, midway between Nashville and Chattanooga, on I-24.

Tickets are available at www.harmonyroadtv.com, or at the door. More information can be found on the website or by calling (423) 413-3586.

The Harmony Road Gospel Music Dinner Theater will continue throughout the summer and fall with 4 more more scheduled events. The series is sponsored by Harmony Road TV, Jim Oliver’s Smokehouse Restaurant, and TS-Promotions and Publicity.

The Joylanders Sign To Skyland Records

The Joylanders Sign To Skyland Records

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Arden, NC (July 8, 2016) – Skyland Records, an imprint of Crossroads Entertainment & Marketing, is excited to announce an exclusive agreement with Christian music artists The Joylanders.

This family group from Trenton, TN offer a blend of Southern Gospel, Bluegrass, Acapella and Acoustic music. They have the collective talent, ideas, and experience that make for an unstoppable combination.

Skyland A&R associate Greg Bentley states, “It doesn’t happen often, but every now and then an artist connects with you in a special way. Jason and Vanessa Griggs, along with their children Jay and Allison have the talent, not only vocally, but instrumentally to become a mainstay in the Gospel music industry for many years. And don’t forget the “heritage.” Vanessa’s parents, Perry and Nell, bring that down home touch to the group.”

Jason Griggs adds, “What an honor it is to become a part of Crossroads’ Skyland label! Crossroads and the Skyland label are synonymous with quality and they are setting the bar for the standard of excellence in today’s Gospel Industry. We are humbled by the opportunity to join forces with this amazing team and see where the Lord leads!”
Skyland Records was created by the Crossroads Label Group to search out new talent that has the potential to become the next household name like The Kingsmen, The McKameys, or The Talleys. We have always felt the need to search out new upcoming artists and introduce them to more Gospel music fans. We’ve been pretty successful in doing this with groups such as 11th Hour, Master’s Voice, The Old Paths, Carolina Boys Quartet and Barry Rowland & Deliverance. We feel The Joylanders will be one of those artists to continue in that success as they grow their ministry and fan base.

The group’s first Skyland Records release, titled Parables, is scheduled for release September 9, 2016

Goodman Revival Performs At Two Prestigious Events In June

Goodman Revival Performs At Two Prestigious Events In June

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Smyrna, Tennessee (July 6 2016) June was an event filled month for Goodman Revival. Early in the month on June 7th, the Southern Gospel Music Guild held their annual production at TBN. This year they were honoring Les Beasley, founder of the highly successful “Singing Jubilee” television program of the 1960s. The Harmony Honors is an annual program put on by the Southern Gospel Music Guild honoring past and present successes in the Southern Gospel genre.

Just five days later, on June 12th this exciting group was featured on the 36th Annual Sunday Morning Country at the Grand Ole Opry which is held every year at the end of CMA Week. While using many Country artists who have a Christian influence, Goodman Revival fits into that group of Gospel artists who also comfortably fit into the Country market. Receiving a rousing response, Goodman Revival gained more than a few new fans with their performance.

Johnny Minick Ministries will be having his annual Camp Meeting which will start on July 24th and continue through July 27th . The series of meetings will be held at River Of Life on Sam Ridley Parkway in Smyrna, Tennessee. This spiritually charged event is always a packed house with hundreds of people blessed, saved and healed.

Johnny Minick commented, “Tanya, Michael, and I were so honored to be a part of two exciting programs so diverse in their causes. The Sunday Morning Country concert ministers to secular Country Music fans and artists, while the Harmony Honors pays tribute to Southern Gospel Music entities through the years.”

Karen Peck Celebrates BMI Award And 36 Years In Music

Karen Peck Celebrates BMI Award And 36 Years In Music

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Dahlonega, Georgia, (July 1, 2016) At some point you wonder when an artist is going to peak in their career. It seems Karen Peck may just keeping climbing upward until the Lord comes back. For years we have known that she is a phenomenal singer, but lately her success in songwriting is catching the eye of many in the music industry.

On June 22nd Karen Peck received her first BMI Songwriter Award for her Number 1 song, “Everybody’s Going Through Something” along with her co-writers Kenna West and Don Poythress.

Karen commented, “I was so honored to receive my first BMI songwriter award for ‘Everybody’s Going Through Something’.”

Also happening with Karen is the celebration of her 36th Anniversary of full-time ministry. On June 26, 1980 she joined Alphus LeFevre and The LeFevre’s. One year later on June 26, 1981 she joined the Rex Nelon Singers. From there she, her husband, Rickey Gooch, and Susan formed Karen Peck and New River and the rest is history with 25 years of ministry as a group.

Karen exclaimed, “I’ve never stopped and I plan to keep going until the Lord calls me Home. Thank the Lord for giving me the desires of my heart to sing and travel for Him.”

Congratulations to Karen Peck for her many successes in Gospel Music.