Gray and his wife Patty will be helping the Pulaski Free Clinic to raise much needed funds to enable it to serve the people who need its care while at the same time offering good family entertainment to the community.
Gray is a former bar singer who has switched to all gospel music, Patty said in a recent telephone interview. She said her husband began singing gospel exclusively after being saved in 2007.
While Patty sometimes sings, she said, she mainly provides backup for her husband and promotes the ministry in any way she can.
She said the ministry started when Gray began singing in nursing homes, on the street, and in prison ministries. Their goal is to help anyone they can.
“God tells us to listen,” she said.
The Grays feel that songs that touch their hearts will also touch the hearts of others who have a special need at a special time.
This Christian musician was honored by the Country Music Gospel Association in Branson, Mo. as New Male vocalist of Jon Gray with Frontline Ministries of Crockett Va., the Rev. Wanda Howell of Montvale, Va. and the Rev. Alice Jones of Athens, W. Va.
The doors for the fundraiser will open at 3:30 p.m. with the concert starting at 4 p.m. Sept. 13 at PMS with an evening of music being offered the community as well as light refreshments and a raffle. All proceeds will go to support the free clinic. Admission is $7 at the door with children 5 and under being admitted free. Raffle tickets are $1 each or four for $3.
The Rev. Wanda Howell, with her husband, the Rev. Curtis Howell, will also be featured during the concert. The Howells conduct a ministry of music and evangelism in the area.
Wanda Howell (Wanda Marie Henley Howell) was five yeas old when she began singing on the back porch of her family home on Main Street in Abingdon, Va. Her mother taught her the songs from an old hymnal.
She has spent her life singing of God’s word, taking her songs from many types of music including Southern Gospel, Country Gospel, Contemporary Gospel, Black Gospel and church songbooks.
The Patchwork Turnaround, which had previously planned to take part, has withdrawn due to illness.
The Free Clinic provides primary medical care to residents of Pulaski County who do not receive health insurance benefits in the workplace and are not otherwise serviced by Medicare, Medicaid, or private insurance and cannot otherwise afford access to health care services on their own.
It depends on a network of volunteers, donors and community supporters to provide high-quality free health care and support to people in need.
The Gospel Sing promises to give the community an entertaining way to help the clinic that helps the people of the community who need it the most.