NAOMA — Whitesville area pastor Zack Pandelios and his church, Horsecreek Freewill Baptist, will host an event this month featuring southern gospel staples The Kingsmen Quartet with special guests Jay Humphreys Trio.
While the facility at Horsecreek is unable to house the event due to capacity restrictions, the performance will take place at The Gospel Lighthouse in Naoma at 7 p.m. on Oct. 22. The church is located at 8461 Coal River Road in Naoma. Doors will open at 5 p.m. and services will begin at 6 p.m. Entry is free, but an offering will be taken.
Pastor Zack Pandelios said he looks for a large turnout for what has been a popular event in the past.
“This is the second time the The Kingsmen have been in the area, and the first time they were here was Sept. 5 of 2019,” said the pastor. “This was pre-pandemic.”
That performance drew 275 people, with only two weeks of preparation and promotion.
“Now that we’ve had some time to really promote it and put it out there, I expect a good turnout,” he said. “We would have liked to have done it in the summer, but the pandemic has put a pause on a lot of things.”
Pandelios said any musical act that he or the church promotes will have a distinct message.
“First of all, it is all about Jesus,” he said. “I want a group that is ministry-minded and I don’t want someone to put on a show or dance around. Attendees can expect to hear the word of God and see and hear the name Jesus uplifted and hear some of the best southern gospel music this side of Bugle Land.”
The Kingsmen are a vocal quartet that boast a history of over 60 years. Based out of Asheville, North Carolina, many singers of southern gospel — including Jim Hamill, Squire Parsons, Anthony Burger, Mark Trammell and others — have spent time with the group and even found later success as solo artists.
Bass singer Ray Dean Reese, 82, is a 2008 Southern Gospel Music Hall of Fame inductee and manages the group.
John Buchanan serves as the pastor of the Gospel Lighthouse and will be in attendance.
“He was my pastor growing up, and they have allowed us to host this service at their church,” Pandelios added. “The church runs a soup kitchen, a senior care box program and they are always doing something good there.”
Pandelios serves as a board member for Southern Gospel Music Association of West Virginia. The association presented Peytona resident, multi-instrumentalist and singer Don Stewart with the “Hero of the Faith” award on July 23. Stewart passed away in September.
Visit kingsmenquartet.com for more information.