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Singing Shepherds readying concert
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Members of the Singing Shepherds and officials of host church Trinity Missionary Baptist Temple include, from left, Bishop Vincent Drummer, Dr. Jimmie L. Smiley, Elder Joseph Wingate, Elder Oscar Goosby, Apostle Walter Ross, Pastor Shirley Wingate, Dr. Alvin L. Jackson, Pastor Evelyn Jackson, Dr. Lucile Smiley. - photo by Photo provided / Coastal Courier
They're back! Yes, the Singing Shepherds are ready for another concert.
If you want to see people gather to have a good time, tell them a gospel sing is taking place. For five years, the community has been blessed with the annual Shepherds in Concert. This year promises to be no exception.
On April 26, at 6 p.m., the fifth Annual Shepherds in Concert will be at Trinity Missionary Baptist Temple in Hinesville. This event is an evening of praise and worship.
The Shepherds are singing pastors who come together every year on the last Saturday in April to sing. These pastors love to sing, and people love to hear them.
They put aside their preaching robes for the evening and replace them with tuxedos. Although they walk the "red carpet" with their spouses as they enter the sanctuary, they nevertheless sing to the glory of God.
The concert, however, is not just about singing.
"Every year a donation is made to a charitable organization or to assist someone in need. Last year, the Tri-County Protective Agency was the recipient of a donation," said Pastor C. L. Anderson, the concert's visionary and organizer.
The concert is a joyful event to foster unity in the community. It brings pastors and their congregations and people from the community and surrounding communities together for an evening of celebration and relaxation.   
People come from far and near for the occasion, some from as far as Jacksonville and Lyons. They wait patiently each year to see who is singing.  
From its beginning five years ago with four pastors, the concert has grown tremendously. Anderson assembles a talented group of pastors each year. Some pastors are from Liberty County, and others serve as pastors in surrounding communities.
Seven pastors will sing this year. They are Anderson, Good Shepherd Missionary Baptist Church, Walthourville; Pastor Bobbie J. Adkins, Mt. Zion Outreach Ministries, Glennville; Pastor Kevin L. Betton, Temple of Praise, Hinesville; Bishop Vincent Drummer, Vidalia; Pastor John Harmon, Thomas Grove Baptist, Statesboro; Pastor Alvin Jackson, St, Luke Missionary Baptist, Hinesville; and Apostle Walter Ross, Trinity Holiness, Midway. Pastor Shirley Wingate, Living Waters Ministries, Midway, will return this year to join the shepherds at the conclusion of the concert.  
Each pastor has a unique style. Some sing solo, while others are accompanied by their choirs. The talented musicians who play for the shepherds are some of the best in southeast Georgia. At the end of the concert, the shepherds will join forces for a series of songs. Although there is no rehearsal, their voices are a perfect blend.
"Come one, come all. Let us have a ball in the name of the Lord," Anderson said.
For more information, call Shirley Frasier at 368-5204 or Jo Davis at 368-6053.
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