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BY R.L. WITTER GUEST COLUMNIST

Pastor Tim Rogers & The Fellas— “Churchin’”

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s we celebrate great things in the month of June like graduations, marriages, and of course Father’s Day, for some reason I had to go back to bring forth classic Gospel quartet music. I know the old school sounds of The 5 Blind Boys, The Mighty Clouds of Joy, The Soul Stirrers and Lee Williams are what we’ve heard down through the years, and it may not be as popular for today’s rotation on the airways. However, social media can be a gem—especially when you, the listening audience, post or record up-and-coming artists who may not necessarily be new, but unsung, so to speak. So I was on Youtube and I saw this group that caught my eye. A young group singing quartet that was energetic, enriched with harmonies and tones that blended better than your favorite smoothie. They sounded so good! I was very impressed for two reasons. First, they took classics and made them their own, but it wasn’t corny. Second, they were not a new group. I later found out they’ve been out since 2005. As I watched these distinguished gentlemen it hit me, I’ve seen them before and it was on BET’s Bobby Jones Gospel show. Lead singer Pastor Tim Rogers, Brien Rogers, Terry Rogers, and Troy (Bilbo) Rogers are otherwise known as the Stellar Awardwining gospel group, Tim Rogers and The Fellas. Pastor Tim Rogers, the founding father of this team from Blytheville, AR (say that 5 times fast), has a powerful, rich voice that can pierce the soul with conviction. When its time to minister, he’s ready with his charismatic presence and a passion that exudes through every word. You may remember him on a song called “The Love of Jesus,” when he teamed up with the legendary Doug Williams in 2008. Pastor Rogers has a way of capturing a gigantic audience with transparency. The husband of Shireta Weatherspoon and proud parent of seven children is a pastor as well. Pastor Rogers received the call from God to preach at the age of 18, and is going strong

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today whether with a back-up band and singers or alone on the pulpit witnessing to a dying world that there is hope and life in Jesus. Now those Fellas, are his nephews and they, too, have a distinct style. It’s classic and contemporary, yet they bring a fresh, anointed sound to the music scene and together they do not disappoint. Pastor Tim & The Fellas released We Need To Pray in 2007, but it was their 2009 CD on Blackberry Records, Change that gravitated to those legendary greats like Harvey Watkins and John P. Kee (to name a few), that started taking notice of these young men. Then in 2013, the group released Real, which included songs penned not only by Pastor Tim, but also other industry producers and songwriters like R. Kelly, and won them their first Stellar Award. It also put them in national magazines, on television programs like The Mo’nique Show, TBN and more. Tim Rogers and The Fellas has also worked with and toured with music industry greats like Tye Tribbett, Lisa Knowles, and many more. Now, it is my pleasure to introduce to us who’ve been in the dark, their latest project (out since 2015) Churchin’. This is an updated classic, with all of the songs that the Mother Board and the Deacon Board used to sing in devotional & testimony services. Pastor Tim and the Fellas go in and you are doing exactly what the title says—having church! Churchin’!! With a booked schedule and added dates on the tour as we speak, we believe God will continue granting these young men favor as they work and set examples for an upcoming generation who will not be forgotten! These are some serious Kingdom Building brothers.

Happy Father’s Day to my father, Ervin C. Baldwin, and to my brother—the new father— Ervin L. Baldwin! Love you both!

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