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Ivan Parker: Southern Gospel artist

Ivan ParkerIvan Parker was in concert at the Hargrove Chapel at Lincoln Christian University on March 23, 2012 and the audience loved every minute of his performance, giving him at least five standing ovations.  Ivan Parker sang such favorites as:

  • Proud to be an American
  • Midnight Cry
  • Alright

His opening act was the Ball Brothers, whose concert this writer already reviewed.  Ivan Parker was down-home and during intermission made available to his fans the opportunity to have concert goods autographed.  He also made available a t-shirt that was patriotic in nature which went well with the song, “Proud to be an American.”  His fans eagerly filled the lobby and gladly waited in lines to buy his latest CD’s as well as the t-shirt, waiting for the shirt to be autographed as well.

Ivan Parker’s testimony is this: he says he was “saved at age 9 in his daddy’s church in Sanford, when an evangelist preached a fiery sermon on the rapture of the church and heaven. “I remember that night well,” he said. “I was sitting on the back row with all my friends. When the invitation was given, I couldn’t get to the altar fast enough. My mom and dad had always told me that whenever it came to salvation, I couldn’t get to heaven on their experience – I had to have my own” according to

Ivan just recently has allowed his son, Josh Parker to begin touring with him since he just recently graduated from Cumberland University with a degree in music.  He performed a guitar solo of the song, “Shout to the World” and the audience sang along with great pleasure and favored him with a standing ovation as well.

For the remainder of the month of March, Ivan Parker will be singing in Missouri, Tennessee, Georgia and Mississippi.  If interested in finding possible tour dates in your area, you can go to and then go to his concert.  All said and done, the evening was a delightsome treat and well worth attending.


The Ball Brothers: Praising Jesus with Southern Gospel music

The Ball BrothersThis writer didn’t know what to expect as I prepared to drive to my Alma Mater, Lincoln Christian Seminary in Lincoln, Illinois to see a concert by the Ball Brothers last night, March 24, 2013.  The Ball Brothers are a uniquely different Southern Gospel quartet whose style is different from most other Gospel quartets.

The Ball Brothers came on stage and they wowed the audience from the first note of their first song.  They are a younger quartet whose music is geared to all ages from the fans who range from Grandmothers to teenagers.  They sang a wide medley of traditional Southern Gospel hits such as:

  • Beulah Land
  • There is Hope
  • It’s all about the Cross
  • Not Anymore
  • You Love me anyway

The Quartet consists of Andrew and Daniel Ball; Cody McVey, Andy Tharp and Chad McCloskey.  They have been singing since 2006 and they tour the world.  What is remarkable is that they are local boys who have made it big; they grew up in Mt. Pulaski, Illinois which is a small town in Logan County in the middle of the state.  Although they have since moved to Chicamauga, Georgia, yet they continue to remember their roots and still play at Mt. Pulaski events such as “Christmas on Vinegar Hill,” which is an annual event that hosts many arts and crafts vendors in a city-wide festival.

Their newest recording is “Strength” in 2012.  Some other facts that are interesting are:

  • Won the 2011 Singing News “Horizon Group of the Year”
  • Appeared on the popular Gaither Homecoming video series.
  • Performed on the Main stage of the National Quartet Convention.
  • Shared the stage with some of the biggest names in Gospel and Country music including: The Gaither Vocal Band, The Oak Ridge Boys, Ernie Haase and Signature Sound, the Martins, Legacy Five, and many more.  Travel more than 150 dates per year across the World (according to their website.)

If interested in knowing their scheduled tour dates, you can go to their website at:

They also have a YouTube series called: “Rollin’ with the Ball Brothers,” which gives their fans an opportunity to see what they are like ‘behind the scenes,’ which is something most fans don’t often get to see.  Their musical style blends the old with the new in a fantastic four-part harmony with silken voices that are well worth the price of the ticket for an enjoyable evening at a Ball Brothers concert.


Connecting with Christian women in fellowship

Stonecroft1As a Christian it is critical to be in fellowship with other Christians, since being in fellowship gives one a sense of participation in the wider body of Christ.  While local churches do provide fellowship and Bible studies, whether in large or in smaller cell groups; sometimes an individual if they are between churches and trying to find a new place to connect, groups like Stonecroft offer to fill that void.  Even after you have connected into your local church, participating in other Bible studies and fellowship groups helps to round out one’s Christian experience.

Stonecroft Ministries is for Christian women and they help women connect with other Christian women through:

  • Connect with women
  •          Through meaningful relationships
  • Connecting with your comumunity
  •           Through small groups and large events
  • Connecting with God.
  •            Faith rooted in Biblical truth

Stonecroft Ministries is an international Christian organization that helps women strengthen their friendships, family and faith.  Stonecroft Ministries has been helping Christian women for 75 years and has 25,000 volunteers leading local groups.  They are currently in all 50 states in America and are located in over 60 countries.

If interested in finding a group near you, you can contact their main headquarters located in Kansas City, Missouri.

Stonecroft Home Office Phone: 1.800.525.8627 FAX: 1.816.765.2522 E-mail:

Street Address: 10121 Grandview Rd. Kansas City, MO 64137

The local group that this writer connects with offers monthly luncheons at a reasonable price plus Bible studies and prayer groups.  Usually, at the luncheons, they have a guest speaker who serves up contemporary information on such timely topics as home organization, musical instrumentation, Christian testimonies and a number of other relevant topics each month that can give interesting information that is sure to strike a chord with most people.  The best thing of course is fellowshipping with other Christian women.