Formed in 1960 at the Akron Baptist Temple many fine Christians have worked in this ministry reaching out with gospel music to encourage the saints. As time went by the Songsters Quartet center changed more to ministry using Southern Gospel as the tools to reach the lost with the Salvation message of Jesus Christ God's Son.
Many members changed in the era of the 60's and early 70's, and then in 1973 Jerry Waldrop Sr. son (Jerry II) joined the group which formed a solid nucleus for the future. In 1975 the Songsters Quartet was named Ohio Gospel Group of the year and came in top rankings at the National Quartet Convention in Nashville TN. Then in 1976 the group was asked to perform on the White house (eclipse) lawn for then president Jimmy Carter. 1981 Sharon Waldrop joined the group giving the core trio sound and family harmony. January 1996 marked Jerry Waldrop Sr. promotion to Heaven, Dad claimed as his song, "Look for me at Jesus Feet, written by Squire Parson, Jr. in his ministry. So we slightly changed the title to focus on the reader of his head stone; his epitaph reads “Looking for you at Jesus Feet". This was and is his desire. Miss you here Dad, see you at Jesus feet.
The Songsters Quartet has been honored with many awards through the years but nothing compares to the fact that we sing to Praise God Jehovah, spread the good news of salvation through Jesus Christ God's son and uplift the saints through the blessings given by the blessed Holy Spirit to the saints. We also strive to encourage the Pastor and his wife in their ministry.
The Songsters Quartet works hard at running the race until the Lord calls us home. Through the years we have had the privilege of serving the Lord in many different arenas; Church services, Friday, Saturday and Sunday afternoon sings, Revivals, Concerts, Youth Rallies, Church anniversaries, Christian Concerts, TV specials, Radio Programs, Family Reunions, Shopping Malls, Court House Lawns, our Nation’s Capital, Quartet Conventions, Benefit Concerts and Fund raisers.
History of Our Name
In England when the Salvation Army preachers would stand on the street corners and proclaim the salvation message of Jesus Christ and exhort people to repentance, there was always a band of singers singing hymns. Some of these singers were in training to become preachers themselves and some knew the preachers needed not only the support of people with a common goal, but prayer warriors on the battle field surrounding the preacher with prayers for protection, boldness and the leading of the Holy Spirit in each sermon. We desire to be that augmentation to the preachers of today, to come along side in praising God, work to bring the lost to the saving knowledge of Jesus Christ, and uplift the saints in a world that tries to beat them down. Encourage them to not only run the race but also finish the course unto His coming.
The main driving point that has kept the Songsters going through the years is in knowing we are called and serving the one true and living God. Our desire is to see souls come to know Jesus Christ the only begotten Son of God as their new personal Savior, to have a part in leading them to the Lord. When we are called home we want to hear Christ say, “Well done my good and faithful servant."
Articles we serve by:
· As in music, augmentation is raising the note in a chord, so we strive to augment the workers in the church
· Each member knows Jesus Christ as Savior and has a personal walk with Him. We all commit to preparation, accountability, servitude, graciousness, sensitivity, flexibility, delivery and a heart for the lost
· To praise and serve our Risen Savior, Jesus Christ which is our reasonable service Gal 2:20
· Spread the Good News of redemption through Jesus Christ, God’s Son Acts 2:38
· Uplift the body of believers and Pastors/Pastor’s wife as we sing praises unto God Philemon 1:7
· Be accountable to the Lord, to each other in our daily lives and the body of Believers in which we minister
· Always put the emphasis on God’s Grace and Salvation, never uplift ourselves above others, we are only servants of the Most High God Phil 2:3 Matt 7:20 I John 4:1 Heb 4:12
When people talk about the smooth and dynamic sound of the Songsters Quartet, there are three other attributes used in describing the group; Spiritual, Genuine and Sincere. The Songsters Quartet is dedicated to serving the Lord, seeing souls saved and hearts uplifted.
Saints are always inspired when they’ve heard the Songsters Quartet present Christ in song. If you are looking for a service where the Lord leads, souls are saved and fires are rekindled, you'll be glad to know this is what the Songsters strive for in each and every service. The Songsters hold dear their faith in Jesus Christ and serve the Lord out of a burning desire over flowing with His love.