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The Jonesmen
BOOKING - Phone / (678) 468-2234 - BOOKING - E-mail / waltersheppard@hotmail.com
Official Site - http://on.fb.me/1WmUgwm
79 Dogwood Trail Drive - Stockbridge, GA 30281
Upcoming Concerts
Sun. Jul 16
7:00 p.m.
Shingleroof Camp Meetings
McDonough, GA
Sun. Jul 30
6;00 p.m.
Pinnacle Baptist Church
Locust Grove, Ga.
Sun. Aug 6
10:00 a.m.
Sardis Baptist Church
McDonough, Ga.
Sun. Sep 17
6:00 p.m.
Hollonville United Methodist Church
Williamson, Ga.
Sat. Oct 28
6:00 pm
Alvin's Bar-B-Cue
Griffin, GA
Sat. Nov 18
6:30 pm
Hollonville Opry House
Williamson, GA



 


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Over thirty years ago a seed was planted. It was February 1979. The choir director at Jones Memorial United Methodist Church asked four men from the Chancel Choir to sing as a quartet as part of the Winter Camp Meeting style services. He assisted them in preparing a Southern Gospel style piece. They worked hard, as this was unlike anything they had ever done before. The Sunday came, and along with it, a very bad snow and ice storm. Sunday services in the Atlanta area were called off. But the men kept practicing and later that month they sang their song. They learned that they loved the close harmony of the Southern Gospel style, and from that seed God placed a desire and calling on their hearts which began The Jonesmen Quartet.


Two of the original four - Walter Sheppard, lead, and Steve White, bass, have sung since the beginning. Paul Willis was the original tenor and sang until 1987, then later rejoined the group in July 2006. Larry Alberts came on board in 1982. There were 13 other men who were a part of the ministry. In the beginning they used piano accompaniment, then added 2 guitars, keyboard, and drums. They found that trying to get 10 men going in the same direction at the same time was often difficult, so slowly and reluctantly they switched to singing with accompaniment sound tracks.

With that, their ministry really blossomed. Ronnie Wang, who had played drums with the group previously took over the tenor part in 1988. Phil Guptill and Chad Sheppard served as the sound technician and sang the other parts when someone was out.


The Jonesmen feel their purpose is to share their love of Jesus through their music. They never require a fee for singing and will sing anytime their schedules permit. They sing in many denominational churches of varied sizes - for worship services, programs, banquets, retreats, at camp meetings, nursing homes, homeless shelters, jails, for civic organizations, benefits for individuals and organizations. They even sang at the Georgia Dome for the North Georgia Conference of the Methodist Church for Vision 2000 and again in Athens. Although they have sung in many churches throughout the Metro Atlanta area, their ministry has also taken them throughout the state of Georgia, Alabama, Tennessee, Florida, South Carolina and Illinois. Now in their 32nd year, their schedules are busier than ever. They love to poke good natured fun at each other, showing you can laugh and be a Christian.


These men have become more like brothers. They have been through many good and bad times, always being there for each other. They have watched their children grow up. They have suffered the loss of parents. Professions have changed. Health crisis have challenged them from time to time. Some periods the Jonesmen have had to slow their singing commitments down a bit, but the Lord has proved time and again that he isn't finished with them yet.


The members have changed some over the years but their purpose has stayed the same. All praise and honor to our Lord!



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