Mountain Statesman | First Baptist welcomes you to the Summer Sunday Evening Worship Series


GRAFTON—One of the fun ways to show appreciation to God is through praise and worship. Building on that mindset, the folks at First Baptist Church in Grafton have come up with an exciting summer series that showcases a wide range of talent.

And because most Christians believe it is their duty to lead others to Christ, the church decided to call their event the Invite-A-Friend Summer Sunday Evening Worship Series.

So far, the evening worship has included a special performance by Profound Revival, a modern Christian acoustic music group, which kicked off the series on June 26.

Next in their lineup will be the singing duo Heidi and Ryan Greer, who will perform on July 10, beginning at 6:00 p.m. at the church.

Hailing from Kentucky, the two have worked to share their Appalachian-influenced gospel music with individuals since their founding in 2008.

According to their Facebook page,, their sound stays true to their Eastern Kentucky roots, while bringing a contemporary edge to everything they do. In the front row, the lead singer and violinist, Heidi, accompanied by her husband, Ryan, who plays the guitar and sings in harmony, invests body and soul in their music.

Rounding out the band are Matt Cromer on Upright Bass and Nathan Adcock on Cajón. The combination makes for a very down to earth group voice that blends perfectly.

The band poured body and soul back into their own style of Appalachian music, with Heidi’s bluegrass sound and breathtaking vocals, which have been compared to those of Sonya Isaacs and Allison Krauss, intertwined with authentic and uplifting messages.

With a sound that has been described as uniquely heartfelt and moving, Heidi and Ryan have helped bring the glory of God to individuals in West Virginia, Kentucky, Tennessee, Ohio and surrounding areas.

Those interested in learning more about this talented group can do so by visiting

After the performance on July 10, the church will offer another evening service on July 24, with a local contemporary music group, the Shaffer Band.

Shaffer Band is a country-pop band based in the breathtaking mountains of Belington. The group consists of Dave Shaffer, on keyboard, guitar and vocals; his wife, Trish on vocals; their daughter Cassie adding bass guitar, saxophone and lead vocals; and her husband, Mike Hymes on drums.

Shaffer Band has been performing professionally since 2000 and has an amazing way of appealing to all ages, with songs saturated with themes of hope, healing and restoration.

Shaffer Band has recorded six projects since 2004, and their latest album and what they believe to be their defining project, Grateful, was released in July 2012 on Willow Creek Records Nashville.

For more information about the group, do not hesitate to visit

On August 14, guests are encouraged to put on their overalls and straw hats and get ready for a good old-fashioned country jam session with the Gospel Harmony Boys.

The acclaimed group has been hailed as one of South America’s finest gospel quartets and has been presenting gospel in song since 1952.

“We are a community of friends doing what we love, perfecting harmonies and blending talents like never before, to bring you the gospel in song as it should be heard,” boasts the band.

Nationally known Christian Music Hall of Fame performers have been entertaining people for more than 65 years, in churches, auditoriums, fairs and festivals across the country.

Considered a community of friends doing what they love, they have perfected harmonies and blended talents like never before, to bring the gospel to people in song, as it should be heard.

For more information on this legendary Southern Gospel group, visit

Accomplished and local organist Rick Kennedy will present his talents on August 21st.

Kennedy served as organist at Alliance Church in Grafton, as well as Christ Episcopal and St. Marks Lutherans Churches in Clarksburg.

To end the summer of evening worship, Josh Oldaker will present a series of songs that are sure to help move the Holy Spirit on September 18.

Oldaker, who hails from the hills of West Virginia, aims to spread the word of God through his well-rounded country-gospel music repertoire. And with a high-energy performance and God-given talent, he was able to do just that.

What started as garage performances for friends and family at the ripe old age of four turned into a show that would help Oldaker share his love of the Lord with fans across the country.

The country-gospel artist has compiled five albums, including his brand new work titled country rebirth, a collection of country gospel music at its finest.

To learn more about Oldaker and his craft, be sure to visit

All services will be held at First Baptist Church, located on Route 119 South just outside of Grafton at 2034 Webster Pike, beginning at 6:00 p.m.


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