The second annual “Who Is God?” conference will be at First Baptist Canton on April 18 to 20.
The conference is presented by Glorybound, a Southern Gospel quartet located in Canton.
Affiliated with Glorybound Ministries Inc., the quartet has been performing for more than 10 years.
“We are so excited to be able to share our love of Jesus Christ and our ministry,” the quartet said.
Posing the question “Who is God to us in America today?” the quartet hopes to teach followers more about God and to strengthen their bonds with him.
Robert “Bob” Reece, the founding member of Glorybound, wants to use the conference to communicate a message he feels the country needs.
“The reason for having the conference is that I believe we as a nation have turned our backs on God and don’t really know who God is anymore,” Reece said. “We don’t respect him, we don’t reverence him, and we certainly don’t fear him.”
Therefore, Reece believes American followers have offended God.
“To quote Billy Graham, we in America have gotten to the point where we don’t want to offend anyone, but it seems to be OK to offend God,” he said.
Reece hopes the conference will prompt those who no longer attend church and have lost touch with God to become more involved with him.
“The idea of having the conference is to get as many people to come in and bring people with them who might not go to your typical church service but might come to an event like this,” he said.
Glorybound will kick off the conference on April 18 with a
performance at 7 p.m., followed by a short discussion at 7:30 p.m. by Dr. George Anderson, the pastor of First Baptist Canton.
At 8 p.m., a special singing performance will be given by the Talleys, a progressive Southern Gospel quartet from east Tennessee that has been at the forefront of gospel music for many years.
Among the most beloved and respected groups in Christian music, the Talleys have had 10 No. 1 singles and two streaks of consecutive chart-toppers.
On the following day of the conference, Glorybound will give another performance at 7 p.m.
The evangelist the Rev. David Roper will then serve as a guest speaker at 7:30 p.m. He runs DCR Ministries with his wife, Cathy, in Ball Ground.
At 8 p.m., the McKameys, a Southern Gospel group based in Clinton, Tenn., will give a special singing performance
In its fifth decade of performing, the McKameys have 24 No. 1 singles. In 1999, they were given the honor of having the most No. 1 hits in the history of Southern Gospel music.
On the final day of the conference, the “God Who” talent contest will begin at 1 p.m.
For those looking to showcase their vocal abilities, the talent search is for soloists and groups singing Southern Gospel.
Winners from each category will receive the grand prize, a $2,000 recording package with BCS Studios of Woodland, Ala., which will include 100 retail ready CDs.
Following a performance by Glorybound at 6 p.m., talent contest winners will also get to perform on the main stage during the evening concert at 6:30 p.m.
The deadline for talent contest applications, including the $100 contest entry fee, is April 5.
Further information on contest rules can be found on the conference website at www.gloryboundevents.net.
After the evening performances, Dr. Jerry Goff and his wife, Jan, will say a few words at 6:45 p.m. Dr. Goff will then preach the word of God.
Known as “Mr. Gospel Trumpet,” Dr. Goff is a highly sought after speaker, teacher, minister, singer and songwriter. He received the award as number one male vocalist in 1984 and has also written many songs, some of them reaching number one on the charts.
To conclude the conference, the Mark Trammell Quartet will perform at 8 p.m.
Tickets for the conference are $20 per night or $50 for the three-night package.
To register for the conference, find ticket and hotel information, or for further information visit the conference website at www.gloryboundevents.net or call Mr. Reece at (770) 345-0920.