2018 Concert Schedule
The CRCG presents a “free will offering” concert series during the summer months. Concerts begin at 7 PM.
Please check out our Patron Page and thank them for their contributions that support our concert series.
Saturday, April 28, 2018 – Journey ON Fundraising Dinner and Concert
As we trek into the new concert season, we begin with this “Journey On” fundraiser dinner and concert. Looking ahead and seeing the need for a new ministry center which will hold our store, restaurant, 15 cottage style suites, conference facilities, and more, we must first pay off debt that has been accrued over the last couple of years in the form of the beach bathhouse, cottages, and various infrastructure improvements. Director, Mike Perton, has committed to walk the Appalachian Trail in an effort to raise funds for debt reduction. This dinner concert will feature dueling pianos by local favorites Kristin Bredeweg and Kurt VanderSchuur, along with the vocal talent of MacKenzie Segard and Casey Huls! The dinner is sponsored by two anonymous donors which means EVERY dollar that is pledged and donated will go 100% toward debt reduction! Seating is limited so call the office to reserve your spot for the evening! 616-842-4478.
Monday, Memorial Day, May May 28, 2018 – Voices of Victory
The Voices of Victory male quartet is looking forward to praising God with us at the Grounds this Memorial Day. The quartet has been praising God together in song for nearly twenty-eight years. Members of the quartet are Jim Daling, Rick Noorman, Chuck Terpstra, and Dan VanDyke; accompanist is Karen Daling. All of their families live in the West Michigan area. The Voices of Victory members enjoy music immensely, and they appreciate opportunities to praise God through music, both as members of this gospel quartet and through participation in other musical ensembles (including the Hope Heralds, who are singing for us later this summer). Join the Voices of Victory as they open up our summer concert series with a Memorial Day program. To God be the glory!
Saturday, June 9, 2018 – Timothy Noble
Timothy Noble presented a beautiful piano-picture presentation at our Christmas concert last year and by request, he is eager to once again lead us in a wonderful time of praise both on the baby grand and vocally! Timothy began playing the piano at the age of 3! Upon graduation from high school in the spring of 2017, Timothy is continuing with his study in voice and piano along with learning more of the art of sound recording, mixing and engineering. He is going full-time with his concert ministry – he currently performs over 100 concerts annually. He is known for his powerfully moving piano-picture presentations that honor God through his playing, singing, narration and pictures. This musical gift flows from his heart – put there by God – and is seen in his love of the hymns and gospel music of which he has done his own arrangements! We warmly welcome Timothy and his family back to the Grounds!
Saturday, June 23, 2018 – The Singing Hims
The Singing Hims began in 1976 and are beginning their 42nd year of musical ministry singing in praise to God. The membership began with men from three Wyoming, Michigan churches and has since included men from the greater Grand Rapids area. Many have been with the group since its beginning, including the director, Jack Ponstine. Jack and our pianists, Kris Ponstine and Denise Vredevoogd, have directed and led The SINGING HIMS in church worship services and have brought the “Good News of Jesus Christ” to those in jails, hospitals, nursing homes, missions for the homeless, and campgrounds throughout West Michigan. We are thankful to God for the gift of music that He has given us to share with you and others, always for His honor and glory. It is our prayer that He will continue to bless us with the privilege of presenting this sacred music and that people may hear the gospel story of Jesus Christ through our music.
Saturday, June 30, 2018 – An Evening of Worship with Gary Matthews and the Christ Memorial Choir
Plan on being part of an amazing evening of worship including fresh arrangements of Hymns that you love and will want to sing along to. The 175 member Christ Memorial Choir leads worship each week and has sung all styles of music. Gary, their director, has performed many times here at the Conference Grounds along with his brother Ron. You won’t want to miss this Worship Experience.
Wednesday, July 4, 2018 – Bontrager Family
For the first time, we look forward to welcoming The Bontrager Family! Marlin & Rebecca and their 10 children live on a farm in Iowa and they love working and singing together! Life #1 is touring North America in their 45-foot bus and doing concerts. In Life #2, they work hard on a livestock and crop farm where milking cows, planting and harvesting crops, and pack and unpack while we try to transition to or from Life #1. The Bontragers sing Gospel songs of many different genres- hymns, praise songs, and Southern Gospel, and provide the instrumentation live using piano, acoustic bass guitar, violins, banjo, acoustic guitar, mandolin, and harmonica. Plan to attend and bring your family! It’s going to be a fantastic evening!
Saturday, July 14, 2018 – Skylight Quartet
For over 11 years, Skylight Quartet has been delivering the gospel message in song with their spiritually uplifting musical ministry across parts of America. Come out and enjoy a night filled with comedy, uplifting music and the precise four-part harmony Skylight is known for! It will be a blessed night of worship that you won’t want to miss!
Saturday, July 21, 2018 – Mark Trammell Quartet
For over forty years Mark Trammell has been blessed to sing Gospel Music. Something he says, “evolved from a dream to a life’s call; from just singing to ministry.” Many longtime observers and followers of Gospel Music consider him to be one the greatest baritone singers of all time. He has won multiple awards as a singer and producer, and has been a member of four of Gospel Music’s most acclaimed groups – The Kingsmen, The Cathedrals, Greater Vision and Gold City. For most people, just being with one of these legendary groups would be the pinnacle of a career and justification for resting on your laurels. But for Mark now is not the time to kick back and relax. Instead, it is time to step into a fresh mission that focuses on evangelism through the seamless integration of Gospel Music and preaching – The Mark Trammell Quartet. Mark Trammell is now surrounding himself with three of the brightest young vocalists on the Gospel Music horizon. Dustin Black, Nick Trammell, and Pat Barker. Mark states that the major reason for turning this trio into a quartet is the fact that he desires to help perpetuate the craft that he has given his life to, and to present every aspect of pure gospel quartet music to the best of their ability. In April 2012 MTQ celebrated 10 years of watching God take the unlikely and do the abnormal with only two ingredients involved in its success. Man’s obedience to the call of God, and God’s supernatural power to do the impossible thru those who are stubborn enough to simply believe He can. Join us for a special evening of worship and praise with the Mark Trammell Quartet!
Saturday, July 28, 2018 – The Taylors
Entering their 12th year in Southern Gospel, The Taylors are an award winning brother-sister trio from the heart of North Carolina. With their smooth family blended harmony, Jonathan, Suzanne, and Chris have been delighting listeners with their spirits and enthusiasm through music. They are dedicated to stirring up the faith of the Christian community, and reaching others with the good news of Jesus Christ is their #1 priority. The Taylors are currently performing around 180 dates a year across the United States, Canada, Mexico, Sweden, Norway, Ireland, Scotland, and the UK. Since their formation in 2006, God has allowed them to see over 7,500 decisions for Christ. In 2008, The Taylors won First Place in the Talent Showcase of The National Quartet Convention in Louisville, Kentucky. They are also the 2008 NC State Singing Convention Grand Champions. Recently, they were nominated Top 10 Horizon Group of the Year for 2010, Top 5 Horizon Group of the Year for 2011 and 2012, and Favorite New Mixed Group of the Year for 2013 by Singing News Fans! The Taylors were also nominated as a Top 10 Mixed Quartet for 2012 and 2013 along with some of the nation’s best mixed groups,
Saturday, August 4, 2018 – Tim Zimmerman & the King’s Brass
Tim Zimmerman and the King’s Brass present hymn classics with a contemporary flair. The King’s Brass features three trumpets, three trombones, a tuba, percussion and keyboards. These instruments blend together to create a time of innovative worship that will be enjoyed by all generations. Secular and sacred music critics alike applaud their concerts as “superb in every way” and “innovative and well played.” “Truly, an unforgettable experience!” The King’s Brass, formed three decades ago, is comprised of professional musicians from across the country, who desire to use the instruments they love to lead others in praise and worship. Based out of Fort Wayne, Indiana, the group plays over 120 concerts per year from coast to coast as well as international destinations. We want to warmly welcome Tim & the King’s Brass back to Grand Haven!
Saturday, August 18, 2018 – Hope Heralds
The Hope Heralds men’s chorus is happy to be returning the Conference Grounds schedule this year! The number of chorus members varies a bit from year to year, with last year’s number being 97 men from high school age and up! The men in the group clearly see the covenant blessings of God in the line of generations as there are many participants who are sons, fathers, and even grandfathers of the same families. The mission of the chorus is to share the love and grace of God through song during the summer at Grand Rapids, MI, area retirement homes. In addition to singing at retirement manors and singing final concerts in September, the Hope Heralds also sing each year in Kalamazoo, MI and in Indiana. Their director is Dan VanDyke, and Karen Daling is their accompanist. The chorus eagerly anticipates singing for us again this year!
Saturday, August 25, 2018 – New Legacy Project
Rick Price, owner and founder of New Legacy Project, began his 40-year career in Southern Gospel music with the legendary Blackwood Brothers Quartet. Originally a protégée of the late Cecil Blackwood, Rick was inducted into the Gospel Music Hall of Fame with the Grammy and Dove-award winning group in the 1990’s. After Cecil’s death, with the support of his widow, he and Chris Blackwood formed the Blackwood Legacy. It was Rick’s desire to carry on the grand heritage of his beloved mentor. The group has been continuously touring throughout the United States since their formation in 2001. In 2017, Rick made the decision to rename Blackwood Legacy to New Legacy Project, believing that God is speaking into the ministry in a new way. The vision put on his heart is to let go of the old name, Blackwood. While honored to have carried it forward these many years, it is time to take up the new mantle God has for them. It can no longer be just about the music or the name of one family, as wonderful as they were in the history of Southern Gospel music. The group consists of Spokane native, Luke Yates, Hunter Sparkman and Paul Secord of Nashville, and our newest addition, John Hilton, who was born and raised in Ozark, Missouri. New Legacy Project will carry on with the same anointed music, the same phenomenal sound, the same great men of God, and the same amazing ministry. Known for their flawless harmonies, homespun humor and impeccable delivery, the group will continue to tour the U.S., ministering wherever God opens the door. We gladly open the door at the Conference Grounds and welcome these gifted men to the stage!
Monday, September 3, 2018 – John Dykstra Photography – National Treasures: Joshua Tree National Park and Death Valley National Park
Today we owe a great debt of gratitude to those who, long ago had the vision to preserve for generations to follow, unique portions of our America! The legacy that those early explorers left for following generations are today our beautiful and amazing National Parks. Join us in exploring these great treasures given us by our Creator! God, with His awesome power put His fingerprint on all creation. This beautiful travelogue will be accompanied with informative narration and inspiring music. You will leave with the song in your heart, “HOW GREAT THOU ART”!
Saturday, September 15, 2018 – HarkUp Old Fashioned Hymn Sing
A gospel dixieland band with the goal of playing God honoring music, Hark Up’s Down Home Horns under the direction of Chris R. Hansen have been in existence since 1999. For the last 3 years they have been a regular artist with Bill Gaither and have performed on stage with many artists including Ravi Zacharias, Andy Andrews, Michael English, Mark Lowry, Gordon Mote, Russ Taft, Jason Crabb, The Isaacs and many more. This group has presented well over 300 concerts locally and around the nation including the National Gospel Quartet Convention in Louisville, Ky, Gaither Fest in the Smokies of Tn., the RCA Women’s Triennial Conference at the Crystal Cathedral in Garden Grove, CA; and numerous churches in Michigan, Illinois, Ohio, and Indiana. Their Southern Gospel Dixieland programing includes traditional sing-a-longs reminiscent of the Gaither Home Coming Concerts. The band presents an interactive program of traditional gospel songs and hymns with a “down home,” foot stompin’ celebration. Their mix of instrumental features and old-fashioned gospel sing-a-longs will appeal to all ages.
Saturday, October 6, 2018 – Burgess Brothers
Six brothers (Carl, Paul, Dave, [Oz] Mark, Mike and Tim) and one sister (Lori) began singing together in 2003 following the death of their dad, Ernest Burgess. At the urging of their sister Lori, the brothers produced a CD as a Mother’s Day tribute. They are part of a family of 10 children. Their mother, Pauline Burgess, had also sung all her life, on the radio, in groups, in choirs and as solo. Others got wind of this tribute, asked them to sing elsewhere and they have been singing since, producing four more CDs since ’03. The Burgess Brothers sing songs they enjoy – southern gospel, country gospel, contemporary and traditional. Though there are many in the audience, the intent is to serve their God and to honor Him first and foremost. We are thrilled to welcome back the Burgess family to the Conference Grounds!
Friday and Saturday, December 7 and 8, 2018
–A CHRISTMAS CELEBRATION Dinner Concert-
Featuring local artists Chris Hansen, Dawn Bouman, Marilyn DeMann and several musicians and vocalists from the HarkUp Christmas Event!
We will be blessed with an evening of praise featuring dueling pianos by Dawn Bouman and Marilyn DeMann, as well as a variety of local vocalists and gifted musicians featured in the HarkUp Christmas Event! This will be a night to remember for folks of all ages! Punchbowl begins at 6:00 pm and dinner at 6:30pm. A sweet time of Christmas praise to follow as dessert is enjoyed.
***Tickets for this event are $18.00 per person. If you would like to have a table of 10, the cost is $170.00. All tickets must be purchased in advance. Seating is limited to 360 per dinner concert! Call to reserve your table now! This event has been a sell out the last two years! We will see you there!