2020 Concert Schedule
The CRCG presents a “free will offering” concert series during the summer months. Concerts begin at 7 PM.
**events marked with asterisk are ticketed events
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**Saturday, April 27, 2019 – An Evening of Praise 70th Anniversary Celebration Fundraiser Dinner Concert CANCELLED, RESCHEDULED FOR SATURDAY, OCTOBER 10, 2020
- Dueling pianos, MacKenzie Hoezee, a Capella Group ACCORD (Seth Steenwyk), Marilyn & Dawn, Micah Huisman strings.
Monday, Memorial Day, May May 25, 2020 – Voices of Victory CANCELLED DUE TO COVID-19 AND EXECUTIVE ORDER FROM GOVERNOR
The Voices of Victory male quartet is honored to join us on Memorial Day this year. They have been praising God together in song since 1990. Members of the quartet are Jim Daling, Rick Noorman, Chuck Terpstra, and Dan VanDyke; accompanist is Karen Daling. The quartet members are all from the West Michigan area. They all enjoy music immensely, and appreciate opportunities to praise God with their music, both as members of this quartet and through participation in other musical ensembles. 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 6, 2020 – The Lore Family CANCELLED DUE to COVID-19
The Lore Family (Darren, Sandy and their two children, Fayth and Samuel) began their ministry traveling in the tri-state region of Ohio, Kentucky and West Virginia. They now have traveled all across the US, including 21 states and Canada. The Lore Family sings a variety of music including; classic & current southern gospel favorites, as well as, originals written by Darren. Whether singing with tracks, live music, or a cappella, The Lore Family ministers to all ages. It doesn’t take long for others to be inspired by the passion and the anointing of this spirit-filled family. They certainly have a desire to see souls saved, the church strengthened and God’s name exalted! They have sung on the many well-known stages including the National Quartet Convention, Gatlinburg Gathering Showcase, Singing In The Sun Showcase, Gospel Music Showcase TV, Great American Gospel TV, Gospel Music USA TV, Dollywood, Silver Dollar City and more. They have been featured on The Gospel Greats with Radio Personality- Paul Heil. Their radio releases have been consistently in the top 20 of the Singing News Chart, and have been nominated in the top 5 category for Favorite New Mixed Group for 2 consecutive years. The Lore’s believe the exhortation found in Eccl 9:10 ,Whatsoever thy hand findeth to do, do it with thy might (KJV). So, wherever you visit The Lore Family they will bring a passionate, powerful message to honor and glorify the Savior.
Saturday, June 20, 2020 – The Singing Hims CANCELLED DUE to COVID-19
The Singing Hims began in 1976 and are beginning their 44th 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.
Saturday, June 27, 2020 – The Guardians Quartet CANCELLED DUE to COVID-19
The Guardians had claimed their stake in Southern Gospel Music as one of America’s favorite Southern Gospel trios. They’ve had many hit songs including their latest number one “Present in the Presence of the King.” Their collective mission is to share the gospel of Jesus Christ and sing songs that minister to people’s hearts and touch their lives. Founded in 1988, The Guardians’ music impacts listeners with their sincerity and commitment to glorifying the Savior they sing about. We are so thrilled to welcome the Guardians Quartet back to the Grounds!
Chicken BBQ served from 4:30-6:30
Saturday, July 4, 2020 – The Craguns
THE CRAGUNS are a dynamic, family group, comprised of husband and wife, Jordan and Elena Cragun, Ray Cragun (Jordan’s Father) and Savannah Cragun (Jordan’s Sister). Jordan has been singing professionally since 2008. Ray was a pastor for over 25 years, but in 2013 God led the family together, to embark on this musical journey. Since that time, The Craguns have become known as one of the most talented, young groups in the country. The Craguns have quickly become a national touring group, touring from coast to coast and different parts of the world, on a full-time basis. They have been honored to perform to millions of people in some of the largest venues, on some of the largest radio stations and television shows in gospel music… The National Quartet Convention (Main Stage), The Blue Gate Theater, Silver Dollar City and Daystar Television, just to name a few. At a Craguns concert you can expect to laugh, be challenged and leave encouraged! The Cragun Family is absolutely committed to effectively ministering the Gospel through song. They will do this through Spirit filled, Christ honoring, musical excellence for people of all ages. You are invited to a concert near you! You will quickly realize why The Cragun name has become synonymous with great gospel music!
**Friday, July 10, 2020 – Josh Wilson CANCELLED DUE to COVID-19
Josh Wilson has become a staple at radio, amassing multiple top 10 hits on Billboard’s Hot Christian Songs chart, including “Savior, Please,” “I Refuse,” “Fall Apart,” “Carry Me,” “Before the Morning,” and “That Was Then, This Is Now”, and “Dream Small”! He’s toured with some of the genre’s biggest acts, including Third Day, Steven Curtis Chapman, Matthew West, Casting Crowns, and Building 429 As a multi-instrumentalist and live-looping enthusiast, he’s been known to play and record as many as 20 instruments on stage at any given time. Tickets for this event will be on sale soon!
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Saturday, July 11, 2020 – The Chitans
The Chitan family (Kaiziah, Kayandra, L. Jesse, L. Jayden, & Karlainah) along with their parents, Layne and Karen Chitan, are a family in full-time music ministry from Toronto, Canada. They are excited about singing wherever called upon to do so, and sharing The Love of Jesus with all people, especially the children of the world. We serve the community through activities such as ministering in churches, hospitals, nursing homes, senior homes, community centers, prisons, slums and on the streets (feeding the homeless). We also sing at religious, cultural, human rights and civic gatherings throughout Canada, the U.S.A., Kenya (Africa), the Caribbean including Bermuda and to heads of state in Jamaica, Grenada, Bermuda and Canada. The Chitans were invited to and have also ministered at The White House and the U.S. Congress on Capitol Hill and received a Congressional Award in July 2012, from the United States of America, for volunteer work done on the streets of Brooklyn, New York. They have been privileged to minister with Lynda Randle, Woody Wright, The Nelons, The Collingsworth Family, The Talleys, Mark Bishop, Gordon Mote, Guy Penrod, Bobby Jones on Bobby Jones Presents, Russ Taff, Wintley Phipps, Bill Gaither and his Homecoming Friends. The Chitan’s ministry encapsulates the Great Command of Matthew 28:19 & 20. It is an honor to have this beautiful family in concert for the first time at the Grounds!
Saturday, July 18, 2020 – Timothy and Hosanna Noble
Timothy & Hosanna Noble – the singing pianist & violinist duo! This newly-wed, young couple providentially met in 2016 at the National Quartet Convention, engaged in the summer of 2018, and married on June 29, 2019! Timothy began to exhibit his God-given musical talent at the age of 3
by playing on the piano the hymns he heard in church. From that young age, it has been Timothy’s desire to honor God with his music which is expressed by his love for sacred music and the great hymns of the church. He not only has a tremendous God-given talent on the piano, but he also has been
gifted with a marvelous singing ability. Hosanna’s love for music became apparent when her mother began giving her music lessons at the age of 5. She was soon drawn to the violin and has been playing it ever since. She also attended the Stamps-Baxter School of Music where she studied voice under Allison Speer. God has obviously brought this couple together and they are now traveling full-time, along with other family members, doing concerts for churches, organizations and other special events. Their programs are meant to proclaim the gospel, encourage and uplift Christians, and ultimately bring honor and glory to our great God.
Saturday, July 25, 2020 – The King’s Brass – CANCELLED DUE to COVID-19
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 four decades ago in Detroit, 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 150 concerts per year from coast to coast as well as international destinations.
Chicken BBQ Served from 4:30-6:30
Saturday, August 8, 2020 – Mark Tramell 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, producer, and has been a member of four of Gospel Music’s most acclaimed groups – The Kingsmen, The Cathedrals, Greater Vision and Gold City. 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. Join us for a special evening of worship and praise with the Mark Trammell Quartet!
Saturday, August 15, 2020 – Gary and Martha Matthews
Gary and Martha are both committed to using their God-given gifts for His glory and leading everyone they serve in worship. Gary holds music degrees as well as a doctorate degree. Ordained, Gary has a heart or shepherding God’s people and does that through his music and worship leading. Martha holds a Master’s in Performance on the flute and is a sought-after handbell clinician. Together, their concerts include a diversity of music using the piano, trumpet, voices, flutes, pennywhistles and handbells Don’t miss this unique concert!
Saturday, August 22, 2020 – 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 29, 2020 – Three Heath Brothers
The 3 Heath Brothers are teenagers, Nicholas, Clayton, & Christian Heath. They have been singing together as long as they can remember. Their mom taught them to sing parts from a very early age and their dad is the Senior Pastor at Faith Community Chapel in Thomasville, NC. When these young guys get up to sing, people are consistently shocked by their tight harmony, powerful vocals, and acapella arrangements. They have shared the stage with the Talleys, the Collingsworth Family, the Booth Brothers, the Hoppers, Greater Vision, Jeff & Sheri Easter, Karen Peck and New River, and others. They were recently voted Best Breakthrough Artist of 2018. This past summer (2018) they won the Grand Champion Trophy at the NC State Annual Singing Convention. They recently performed at Dollywood, Billy Graham Training Center at the Cove, and are MainStage artists at Singing in the Sun 2019 and the Gatlinburg Gathering 2019. You won’t want to miss their tight harmony, passion for God, and young energy. They love God and their goal is to promote Christ and demonstrate that you are never too young to give all you have to God! The 3 Heath Brothers are from Thomasville, NC. They are the sons of Jonathan and Emily Heath and have two younger siblings, Natalie and Noah.
Monday, September 7, 2020 – John Dykstra Photography – “Reflections”
Saturday, September 12, 2020 – Hark Up Good Old Fashioned Hymnsing
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. The Down Home Horns have 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 3, 2020 – The Burgess Family
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 11 and 12, 2020 – Christmas Dinner Concerts-
A CHRISTMAS CELEBRATION
Friday or Saturday, December 11 or 12 at 6:30 pm
Punchbowl begins at 6:00 pm and dinner at 6:30pm.
Tickets for this event are $20.00 per person. If you would like to have a table of 10, the cost is $180.00. All tickets must be purchased in advance. Seating is limited to 360 per dinner concert.
Tickets for the Christmas dinner concerts will go on sale at 6PM on Monday, May 26.