The 2020 Rockport Gospel Music Festival (RGMF), which began in 1994 as a gospel music concert sponsored by Rockport’s Gospel Force police quartet, is set for Friday, Jan. 10 and Saturday, Jan. 11 at First Baptist Church Rockport (1515 N. Live Oak St.).
The concert begins at 6 p.m. Jan. 10. Doors open at 5 p.m.
The concert begins at 11 a.m. Jan. 11. Doors open at 10 a.m.
RGMF Coordinator Gary Howard said the Festival has continued through the years because of the community’s continued support through attendance, prayers and contributions.
“Without your consistent support the RGMF would not be able to continue,” said Howard.
Leading off this year’s Festival is Singing Men of South Texas, comprised of ministers of music, ministers, and church musicians from Baptist Churches in South Texas. The South Texas chapter is under the direction of Larry Danks. The Singing Men of Texas were created in 1975 and serve as part of the Baptist General Convention of Texas.
“We are once again blessed to have our very dear and special friends, California’s Crimson River Quartet, back with us,” said Howard. “This is the 21st year of celebrating this weekend with us.
“It is also great to have The Goldens (Cheryl and Dale) from Tyler return for their 19th year.”
Johnny Hall of California, a special friend of the Crimson River Quartet, will also perform.
The McNeill family is also returning for another year.
“The McNeills are very dear to my wife and I and we appreciate them allowing us (since our retirement) to follow them around the United States,” said Howard. “We have heard them sing at the National Quartet Convention in Pigeon Forge, TN, at Dollywood, and at Singing in the Sun in Myrtle Beach, as well as at several other venues and churches.”
The Kinsmen are performing at the RGMF for the first time. Many attendees will recognize bass singer Gerald Williams. He was last here singing bass with The Melody Boys Quartet.
“He tried the retirement bit, but it appears it was just not for him,” said Howard.
Other performers include Megan and Logan Pettis, Miles Pike, and the DeLawder family from Branson.
Brian Arnold, also from Branson, is master of ceremonies.
The First Baptist Church Rockport choir (under the direction of Marcie Peterson), the Song of Glory and Rockport’s Gospel Force will also be at the RGMF.
Howard recently announced those who have followed the RGMF for many years will recognize Patti and Patrick McLead. The couple will present the Festival’s opening song Friday night.
“We love them both so much and are so glad they came back home to Rockport,” said Howard.
“Please pray for the continued success of the RGMF and make plans to be with us next year, as well.”
The 2021 RGMF is set for Jan. 8-9.