Born in Martinsville, Virginia and was raised in Fieldale. His father taught him how to play guitar. "I can still picture how I used to sit on his knee and strum while he made the chords." Keith started playing the bass at age twelve and played the drums during high school, and he still enjoys playing. After working in some family bands, Keith gave his heart to the Lord when he was 17. Keith played with The Mill Creek Trio before being able to get back to his real love, bluegrass music, when they started their present band. "It's a real blessing to be able to adapt the kind of music that you love to share the gospel. I love how bluegrass can be so different. I love hard driving songs with a lot of banjo, and I love slow ballads with a lot of fiddle and Dobro. Bluegrass is so simple in some ways, but it can be played with so much complexity. I love acoustic music because it's so down to earth, and it's the way that music should be."
Keith now resides in Collinsville, VA his personal goals revolve around his family and church.. "I have daughter and a wife who I love more than anything. I also love to fish and play golf and I am very active in my church. My daughter has just finished school and is a Pharmacist and my personal goals are all about her. She was an excellent student, is recently married, and I am going to do everything in my power to help and encourage her."
born in Stuart and raised in Woolwine, Virginia. He began showing interest in music at an early age and made his first public performance at age 5. He often would perform with his Dad throughout his childhood. In later years he would make guest appearances with his life long friends The Lewis Family. Gerald credits his parents and Little Roy Lewis for being his inspiration to pursue his musical interests. Gerald joined the Churchmen in 1989 just a few months after the formation of the group. Gerald said, "I was looking for some guys who would take the music seriously and try to constantly take it to another level". Gerald found that in Freddy and Keith and several who have passed through the band in it's existence. "It's been fun to experience the ways that the Lord has blessed us and the doors that have been opened for us along the way". Gerald currently resides with his wife Lisa and their five children in Martinsville, VA.
Born in Danville, VA and raised in Dry Fork, VA in rural Pittsylvania County. Carroll played previously with lots of great bands and musicians including Southern Freight Station, Virginia Sonrize, The Church Sisters, The Rivercity Band, and on occasion with Johnny and Jeanette Williams. Carroll is a very talented songwriter. Carroll has penned several songs that The Churchmen have recorded in the past, and he already has plans to record several more with the band. In addition to being a great song writer, Carroll is also very versatile musician and singer. He plays banjo, fiddle, and guitar on Churchmen sets and he can sing all four vocal parts.Carroll is a wonderful Christian man and exemplifies what a Gospel musician should be. He is a leader and musician at his local church.Carroll resides in Danville, VA with his lovely wife of over 30 years, Bet. She too was raised in church being a Pastor's child. She is a very talented musician as well playing the piano for the church. The couple has 2 lovely daughters, Brittany and Amanda. They also have 2 grandsons as well, Levi and Leland.
Carroll says "God has blessed my life far beyond what I'm worthy of, and I believe He has placed me where I can best serve Him. Thanks to The Churchmen for their patience and confidence in me, and I ask all of the fans to continue to pray for our ministry. I am excited about where God is leading us".
Carroll endorses Sullivan Banjos and plays the "Vintage 35".
Avery Welter comes to the group from Watauga, Tennessee. Avery grew up just outside of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania where he started playing fiddle at age six and soon learned guitar, mandolin, and banjo from his dad, Jim. He studied classical violin for eight years while living in Pittsburgh. Avery also studied classical music and theory at the Lincoln Park Performing Arts Charter School in Midland, Pennsylvania. Avery has been seen with Larry Gillis and Swampgrass as well as Dreamcatcher in the past. He is currently studying Bluegrass Music and Anthropology at East Tennessee State University in Johnson City, Tennessee. The list of bands turning to the students of ETSU’s Bluegrass program is growing impressive. A nice reflection of the dedication, preservation and ever growing love of American acoustic music.
Daniel Greeson has been playing bluegrass fiddle since he was very young. Daniel participated in Virginia’s 1st Junior Appalachian Musicians’ (JAM) program which opened doors for other projects. He has won many competitions and has established a name for himself at fiddlers conventions across NC, VA, and TN in both youth and adult divisions. In 2011 Daniel played a song on “Christmas Along the Crooked Road” with other accomplished musicians. In 2014 Daniel was included in the CD project “Close Kin: Our Roots Run Deep” released by Mountain Road Recordings. Daniel has already released a self-titled solo project under Patuxent Records and at the age of 19 is regarded as one of the most gifted young artist in bluegrass. John Lawless of Bluegrass Today writes of the project, ”Every track here is full of life and excitement, and some mighty fine picking. If you like to hear young artists embracing the traditions that have been handed down, you can’t go wrong with Daniel Greeson.” Daniel is from Jamestown, NC but is currently studying Bluegrass at East Tennessee State University.
SOUNDing Great with Jerry Haga our sound man extraordinaire. We are so blessed to have him taking care of business for the band at all of our concerts. We have been blessed to able to recently get into the digital sound reproduction world by purchasing a PreSonus digital board, and Jerry has that thing dialed in just right. Also now Jerry runs the sound with an iPad! Wow what technology has done. Jerry has also upgraded our speakers and that too has been a big help. Audiences are pleased with Jerry's great work, and we are as well, being blessed by his talents and also with his contagious personality. He is an excellent musician in his own right and plays all woodwind instruments, specializing on the Saxophone. He started playing professionally in 1970 and took on a dual roll in 1973 to become Sax player and sound technician. Jerry played full time from '73 until '77. Jerry re-dedicated his life to The Lord over 20 years ago, and now plays primarily in church and uses his talents with The Churchmen. Jerry is a great example of a Christian person, working diligently with his home church and also providing meals for church functions and feeding shut-in members on Wednesdays on a regular basis.
Thanks Jerry and keep up the great work!
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