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POSTED: March 20, 2007 5:13 a.m.
“Praise ye the Lord for it is good to sing praises unto our God; for it is pleasant, and praise is comely.” Psalms 147:1
Most people enjoy music and singing, whether they are at home, work, in their cars or at church. Singing evokes different emotions in people. It may cause some to weep, shout, reflect, surrender or relax.
Singing has always been a part of the church’s ministry. In the old days, there were no instruments to accompany the singing. Someone would begin to sing a hymn and people would join in by clapping their hands and patting their feet. But most churches today have drums, guitars, keyboards, organs and other musical instruments to enhance the song service.
Liberty County is blessed to have many gifted musicians. Some of them may also be known as the minister of music in their church. They, along with the singers (choir, chorus, or praise and worship team), play important roles in services.
One of Liberty’s many ministers of music is Clinton “Clint)” Brogdon, who has served as the associate pastor of music and youth at Gum Branch Baptist Church since 2001.
A native of Tallahassee, Fla., he is a 1998 graduate of the Baptist College of Florida with a bachelor’s of arts degree in church music, with an emphasis in voice and piano. Brogdon has served churches in Florida and Georgia.
“I love praise and worship and the Brooklyn Tabernacle Choir. We also do Southern gospel.”
Brogdon also serves as minister of music for the adult and student choirs (unveiled). He believes music sets the stage for an encounter with God. And he uses various styles to lead the congregation into worship. He has a desire to sees others experience God’s love and grace.
“The music ministry sets the table. My goal is to bring the congregation to the throne of God and allow the Holy Spirit to enter. Subsequently, when the pastor gets up, he has total freedom to preach the word of God,” Brogdon said.
Gum Branch Baptist Church’s music ministry is noted for its cantatas and drama renditions.
“The adult choir does two major productions (Easter and Christmas) and a few small ones during the year. The student choir also puts on two to three productions (drama or worship concerts) during the year,” Brogdon said.
“Our music ministry, under the leadership of Minister Clint Brogdon, is doing wonderful. He is fantastic. Our Christmas play was great,” Pastor Rothell Wasson said
There are many other longtime musicians and ministers of music who have served various churches in the community. They have given unselfishly of their time and service to make the song service an inspiration and blessing to the church. Their pastors depend on them to know what songs and music to play to enhance the worship service for the glory of God.
Some of these wonderful musicians include people such as Deborah Robinson, Sarah Izzard, Johnny Lee Williams, Bertha Ripley, Bernice Miller, Wilhelmena Gadson, Quintin Johnson, the Rev. Ann Jackson, Oraetta Henderson, Sarah Carter, Frances Timmons, Cynthia Richardson, Edward Williams and many others.
Wendy Walters, who served as minister of music at Bethesda Church from 1994 until November 2006, was another one of Liberty County’s noted musicians. She and her family moved to Texas in November but left a beautiful legacy.
 

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