With the resignation of David Short as first tenor, the Master’s Men are seeking an immediate replacement. If you have a servant’s heart and a tenor voice, we would ask that you be in prayer as to how the Lord might use you in this ministry. In addition to our two big singings at the Silsbee High School auditorium every August and February, with 3 additional full-time groups, the Master’s Men sing an average of 2 times per month, primarily in smaller churches from Port Arthur to Nacogdoches and Houston to Leesville. If you would like to be considered for a first tenor position with the Master’s Men, contact Keith Morgan, after 5 weekdays and on weekends, at 409-782- 0109. For any day / time, contact Kent Houp at 409-718- 2332 or Rick Goldin at 409-781- 3916. We’re waiting to hear from you.
After many years of faithful service both as sound technician and then as first tenor, David Short has tendered his resignation from the Master’s Men. David stated that at this time, there are just too many things going on that require his personal attention to continue as a regular member of the Master’s Men. And David is still going to be an invaluable asset, continuing as a ticket outlet for the Master’s Men Gospel Reunions in August and the Winter Celebrations in February. Best Impressions, David’s print company, will also continue to provide artwork for both these events and other printing that may be required. So, while he won’t be on-stage, expect to see David Short at our big concerts, helping wherever and however he can. David has been a dedicated member for many years and his service will be missed.
What a difference a year makes! 2016 was a very busy year for the Masters Men, with more singings than we have had in the last few years. We were everywhere from Pancake Suppers at First United Methodist in Woodville, to the County Fair in Newton, to the 80th Anniversary of Calvary Baptist in Port Acres, to the 90th Anniversary of Rosedale Baptist in Beaumont, to the 100 year Anniversary of Wiley Mae Pentecostal Church (hmmm…seems like they call old guys to celebrate old events!) We were asked to participate at Christmas Parties for Calvary Baptist and Westgate Baptist in Beaumont and Stringer-Griffith Funeral Homes at Rayburn Country. Everywhere we went we praised the Lord and presented the plan of salvation through song and testimony.
We kicked off the year with our first concert at Genesis Baptist Church in Buna, Texas on January 16th. Our 9th Annual Winter Celebration on February 27th was a great night of singing and praising the Lord at Silsbee High School Auditorium with 11th Hour, The Perrys and the Booth Brothers. In April we traveled to the northern area of Louisiana, where our senior tenor, Jimmy Norwood, grew up. We sang in Rocky Branch Baptist Church in Farmerville and at Boeuf River Baptist in Rayville. This year we sang in Tenaha, Timpson and Blair…if we can just find a church to sing at in Bobo, we can say we’ve been everywhere (for our younger viewers, it’s a reference to an old country & western song by Hank Snow…look it up.) Our 16th Annual Gospel Reunion in August featured the Ball Brothers, the Jim Brady Trio and Jeff & Sheri Easter and was awesome! This year we were blessed to sing in several different denominations, including Assembly of God, Baptist, United Methodist, Church of the Nazarene and Pentecostal, demonstrating that the message of Jesus Christ is universal and people everywhere like good ol’ Southern Gospel Music.
New developments included Kent and Keith both changing jobs, Rick joining the ranks of the happily retired, the Masters Men becoming their own independent 501C3 non-profit religious organization and Kent and Iva becoming Hardin County residents (Wildwood) on Dec. 29th. There were some sad times as well in 2016, as Rick had to say goodbye to both his father and brother, and Rusty bid farewell to his father. Neither of them lost anything, because they know their loved ones are now at home with Jesus and one day they will have a great homecoming celebration.
The Masters Men are eagerly anticipating and looking forward to 2017, starting with the 10th Annual Winter Celebration coming February 28th at the Silsbee High School Auditorium with Joseph Habedank, former lead singer for The Perrys, Greater Vision and Triumphant Quartet. Tickets are available online at mastersmensilsbee.org. There will also be a new project coming next year and we are excited about that. May you all have a spirit-led Happy New Year!
Since our last update, we have been quite busy! If you’ve noticed from some of our pictures–or attending one of our concerts–we have a new member. Rusty Mott has been singing baritone with us now for several months. Rusty and his wife Judy live in Spurger, Texas and he owns and operates Mott Supply in Kountze. He is an active member of First Baptist Church in Spurger, and he is also a Gideon. He is a great singer—but more importantly –he loves the Lord and shares our vision for The Master’s Men ministry!
And speaking of Rusty–he came along just in time to be on our NEW CD! The project is titled HE’S STILL WORKIN’, and features many of the radio hits of the past. Some of the songs are TOURING THAT CITY, THE LIGHTHOUSE, WHEN HE WAS ON THE CROSS, SWEET BEULAH LAND–just to name a few. The CD ends with the great Hemphills song HE’S STILL WORKING ON ME. We brought in many of The Master’s Men kids, grandkids and godkids to sing this song with us, and we were overjoyed with the results!
So far, 2016 is looking very busy for us so be watching our website for our concert schedule. You might also want to sign up on our email list. This way, you get periodic updates on our concert dates–as well as early bird purchase opportunities. Just click on the “Mailing List” tab on our homepage.
As always–Thank you for your support!
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There has been a lot of stuff going on with The Master’s Men since our last update, so we will try to catch you up!
First of all—notice our new and updated website! We would like to thank Tim and Jason with Cornerstone Advertising & Design for the new look and all the neat features. We would also like to thank Kathryn Fuller for originally designing and maintaining our website for the past several years. Without her, we would have had no website! She is now pursuing other interests and we wish her all the best!
Second—we have a new CD. The title is Headin’ Home, and we are very excited about the songs on this recording. Per the title, there is a common thread among many of the songs that talks about our journey to our Heavenly Home. We hope and pray it will minister to all! The CD version is now available, and very soon the full digital download option will be available on CD Baby, iTunes,–or wherever you purchase your digital downloads.
Third—the 13th Annual Gospel Reunion is in the history books, and it was a great success! We enjoyed the sounds and ministries of The Tribute Quartet, Gordon Mote and the McKameys. Many thanks to all who attended!
And Fourth—we now look forward to the 2014 Winter Celebration! We have Three Bridges, The Inspirations, and returning will be Jeff & Sheri Easter! The date is Saturday, February 22nd. Be watching the website and Facebook for the availability of tickets and more information.
Until next time!—thanks for all your support.
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This may be somewhat belated, but the Master’s Men would like to thank everyone who attended the 12th Annual Gospel Reunion. We would also like to thank Greater Vision, The Perrys, and Red Roots for a wonderful evening of great Southern Gospel Music. There was sweet spirit of worship present, and the groups were all wonderful to work with.
We’re looking ahead now to February 23rd of 2013, when we will welcome 11th Hour, Jeff & Sheri Easter, and The Triumphant Quartet to the 6th Annual Winter Celebration.
Be watching our website and facebook page for ticket availability. Tickets will probably go on sale around the middle of November.
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