New Home Baptist Church in Pisgah welcomes the public to celebrate its homecoming and decoration on Sunday, May 3, 2015.
The celebration will begin at 10:45 a.m. and include musical entertainment by southern gospel group, The Greesons, of Chickamauga, Georgia.
The group was once nominated as ‘Mixed Group of the Year,’ and shares their dedication to faith, love of family and love for Christ through music all across the country on most weekends throughout the year.
The group has a long legacy of family tradition in music and has second and third generation members including Darrell, Karen, Joey, Christian Demastus, along with Karen’s sister, Lisa Dykes and niece, Emily Dykes.
Their new CD, ‘Shine Again,’ will debut on March 7, 2015 and features the group’s new hit single, ‘Thank You Now.’
“We have been so excited to release this new CD,” said Darrell Demastus. “God really showed out on this one. Each song has such a wonderful message and we are praying that it will be a blessing to many.”
Darrell is the patriarch of the group and sings bass.
Originally from Tennessee, he was saved at the age of 12 during a youth revival in Athens, Alabama. He began his musical career at Elkton Baptist Church and married his wife, Karen, in 1985.
“It has been a honeymoon ever since,” he said. “It is great traveling and working for the Lord every weekend and it is extra special because I get be with my family.”
Karen is the group’s soprano singer.
She was saved at the age of 10 and said she was healed of a speech impediment she had had since learning to talk.
“When God touches you in such a way,” she said, “you can’t help but sing for His glory and help others understand the love He has for them.
“Southern gospel music has always played a very important part in our family heritage,” she said. “From the time Lisa was seven-years-old and I was five, we have been singing together.”
Karen’s ministry goes beyond singing. She also owns and operates ‘SonShine Christian Bookstore,’ in Fort Oglethorpe, Georgia.
“It gives you a wonderful feeling to know that you offer tools to help enrich and encourage someone’s spiritual life,” she said. “It’s my desire to serve God and to help build up His kingdom. My journey has been sweet and I look forward to what God has in store for my future.”
Christian, 19, sings baritone for The Greesons. He is also a student at UTC and majors in exercise science.
“Above all,” he said, “I enjoy singing about my Savior and traveling with my family.”
The group’s lead singer is Joey, 29, who believes getting the message of Christ out to the public is first and foremost.
“I’ve always enjoyed singing,” he said. “Music has always come naturally to me probably because it’s what our family is all about. I like singing in places where there are a lot of young people.
He focuses on positive lyrics in and enjoys seeing how different audiences react across the country.
“I hope to be a great influence to every person I meet and pray God will use me more and more for His work,” he said.
Lisa Dykes, the group’s alto singer, was born in Fort Payne and accepted Christ as a young girl.
“My mom and dad traveled with us until 1999 and then God called dad to be a pastor,” she said. “When I am not on the road, my children and I attend his church.”
Lisa’s husband, Tony, used to sing lead for the group, but passed away in 2010 after a battle with prostate cancer at the age of 45.
“We thought we would grow old together, traveling and singing,” she said. “But Tony left this world and entered Heaven, the place he had sang about all of his life. I know I will see him again someday. I give my Lord thanks for his grace and peace, for without Him I do not know how I would face each day.
“I continue to travel and sing with my family because I can’t help but sing unto Him who give us strength,” she said.
Lisa’s daughter, Emily, also travels with the group, but is not a regular member of the group.
“I usually sing a song when we are onstage at churches or at concerts,” she said. “I love singing and I love going to the different churches and making new friends.”
The concert is free to the public and everyone is invited to attend.
For more information, call New Home Baptist Church at: 256-451-3511.