Lead & Tenor
Every time I approached the cross I was only looking for a solution to whatever problem I had gotten myself into and I was approaching God with a heart that only gave as little as possible, without a real commitment to Him. The Lord loved me so much He allowed me to live out every excuse to its fullest but also let me truly see the ends of what my choices led to. I give all praise and honor to my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ for all that He has blessed me with thus far in my life. If it wasn’t for Him I would not be where I am today
I give thanks to my parents Wayne & Judy, my sister’s Beth Ann & Sharon. My bother’s Kenneth, Brad & Jason. I thank also my daughter Haileigh and my boys Brendan & Kailain. Thank you to Yvette & her extended family who have been, and still support me in all that I do to serve the Lord. To my late pastor Mr. J. Reagans & his wife Etha. To Pastor & First Lady Montgomery & Tabernacle Bible Church. Last but not least, the late Dale McBride, his daughter’s DeAnn and Lisa, & Ken Nisly, Mark Hall and Larry DeTienne my brothers from the Calvary Echoes.
As a native Kansan, born in Salina and growing up in Phillipsburg, I’ve been a member of the Church, and the Church choirs all my life. But, during the rebellious early 70’s I strayed, just as many others have done. Then, Monday, April 1, 1979, I was laid off from work. On that same day I was to bring my wife home & new daughter home from the hospital. Before I picked them up, though, I stopped at church to sit in a pew and pray. I felt a tug on my shirt front urging me to go to the altar. “Don’t be melodramatic, Dave,” was my reaction. Finally I gave in and went to the front where the Bible was opened to Jeremiah 1:8, “Be not afraid of them, for I am with you to deliver you, says the Lord.” “Yes, Sir!” and I’ve let the Lord take care of things since.
He has always been there, sometimes quite dramatically, sometimes with only a simple, comforting word. And the glad times have proclaimed His presence, also. I’ve been blessed to be a part of two quartets since the mid 80’s and to have had a solo ministry in between. I look forward to spreading His Word through music with The Armouraires Quartet.
I have been around gospel music my entire life. I grew up in a musical household and began singing before I could really talk. Southern Gospel music has been and always will be my favorite music of choice. But that is not to say I haven’t done my fair share of second guessing God. When I was 13 my parents divorced. I became reclusive and turned my back on Him. I just could not understand why this happened or what I was supposed to do. My grades in school suffered and I began to not care about what would happen to me. But every time I went home and disappeared into my room I would turn to gospel music. I just knew that was the music that understood me and what I was going through. Without my complete knowledge, God saved me. Then a second event happened in my life that changed me forever.
In February 2010, almost a week before her 22nd birthday, my then-girlfriend of 3 years was diagnosed with stage 4 colo-rectal cancer. She went through surgery to try to remove the tumor but it was too large and dangerous to take out. She went through successive rounds chemotherapy throughout that spring and summer and in the late fall it was decided that she would do radiation. Sadly, the tumor came back with a vengeance. On February 13th, 2011 she passed away, almost a complete year after her diagnosis and nine days from her 23rd birthday. Of course, I was devastated. After the funeral I went home and was at a complete loss as to what I was going to do with my future. I didn’t know where or who to turn to. I went back to my safety net and turned on some Southern Gospel music on my iTunes. I set the playlist on shuffle and let it go. Amazingly, the first song that played was “One Scarred Hand” by Gold City. The second verse of that song says, “It’s a hand that holds this whole world in place. Oh, a hand that was scarred just to give me grace. And to think a hand that holds the stars, is small enough to mend one broken heart.”
Wow. God has a way of reminding us that He is with us through whatever we may face. I may not be a perfect Christian but I know for a fact who my savior is. I was humbled to be given the opportunity to sing with The Armouraires and praise God and His son Jesus for taking away my sins and being with me every step of the way. I look forward to the day when I will meet Him and thank him for everything He has done for me.
First & foremost I want to thank my Lord and Savior for what He has given me. As I look back on my life, I am reminded of all the times that the Lord has lead me and brought me through. I have had my shares of trials & tribulations and in doing so, I’ve learned to rejoice and be grateful for the all the good in your life. But also to take the bad and learn from those negative experiences. And although I at times failed I’m reminded that I am a sinner…saved by grace.