University News Service
More than 950 people were in attendance at the Fourth Annual “Singin’ With the Saints” hosted by Howard Payne University on May 17 at Coggin Avenue Baptist Church.
Senior adults traveled from as far as Seminole and Austin to attend the Southern gospel concert which included nationally-known gospel quartets The Florida Boys and Gold City, The Brazos Boys quartet from Abilene and the humor of Dr. Don Newbury, HPU chancellor.
Bill Fishback, assistant vice president for business and human resources at HPU, has served as coordinator of the event for the past four years.
Asked about the concert, he said, “This year’s “Singin’ With the Saints!” was an incredible blessing and I was thrilled to be in a room filled to capacity with smiling senior adults as we heard the Gospel shared like never before … It was a very, very special day.”
The event, traditionally held in Mims Auditorium on the HPU campus, was moved to Coggin Avenue Baptist Church this year due to conflicts with pre-construction activity underway in Mims. Actual renovation will begin later this year.
Fishback said he looks forward to bringing the event back on campus as soon as the renovations are complete.
HPU received many words of encouragement about the concert from those that attended this year. Mardell Boney of Weatherford said, “The quartets and speakers were outstanding.”
Jackie and Jeanayle Behrens of Brady said they “really enjoy the concert - you get your reward for coming!”
“Singin’ With the Saints” has grown since 2004 from an audience of about 600 people to the almost 1,000 that were in attendance on May 17.
Past performers have included The Melody Boys, The Brazos Boys, 4 X Grace, Solid Rock Quartet and the Dove Brothers, as well as the humor of Newbury, Lou Brown and Dr. Bill Thorn.
Plans are already underway for next year’s concert, to be held on May 15, 2008.