Gospel Gothic is a Sunday-morning radio program of 100.9 FM The Creek in Macon, Ga., that explores faith through the themes of Americana music. Hosted by Jake Hall, pastor of Highland Hills Baptist Church in Macon, G.A., Gospel Gothic airs each Sunday at 9:30 a.m. and features candid conversation about faith in the Christ-haunted South interlaced with celebrated roots music.
Co-hosting with Hall each week are Brad Evans and Wes Griffith, owners of 100.9 FM The Creek and self-confessed skeptics of Southern Christianity’s often misguided attempts at love and right living. Together, the trio unpacks scars and scripture, theology and thoughtful critique in search of redemption, all with soulful help from Jason Isbell, Mavis Staples, Bob Dylan, Lucinda Williams and more. In doing so, they cultivate a growing audience in Macon and across the country for whom Americana music is holy and forthright discussion of religion has become a healing centerpiece.
In 2016, Gospel Gothic took hold as two dynamic forces converged in their community — an undeniable cultural revival in Macon centering on its deep musical heritage as well as Hall and his executive producer Keith Gammons’ longing to expand their calling beyond the church and join in that revival. As 100.9 FM The Creek encountered near-overnight success that same year, Hall and Gammons, with support and inspiration from Highland Hills Baptist Church, initiated a relationship and pitched their idea for a show about music and meaning in the Christ-haunted South. Since its inception, the Gospel Gothic partnership has grown its footprint and relevance with monthly “Beer and Hymns” events as well as periodic live tapings of the show at local breweries and venues in Macon.
To learn more about Gospel Gothic and listen to current and past episodes, visit thecreekfm.com/shows/gospel-gothic or listen to 110.9 FM The Creek Sundays at 9:30 a.m.
View more in the Jake Hall: Gospel Gothic Series
Photo Gallery: Jake Hall and Gospel Gothic in photos (link coming soon)
Video: How Gospel Gothic got its start (link coming soon)
Video: Jake Hall remembers most profound moments on Gospel Gothic (link coming soon)
Video: Why use music for outreach in Macon (link coming soon)
Video: How the magic is made at Gospel Gothic (link coming soon)
Signature Ministries: “The art of human contacts” by Bill Leonard
This series in the “Signature Ministries” project is part of the BNG Storytelling Projects Initiative. By studying ministers or churches who practice “Signature Ministries,” we learn from communities who respond to the needs around them, engaging and energizing members in specific ministries that turn them outward on the world. We will specifically profile ministers who lead through their passion and zeal for an interest or a skill that connects with their community outside of the role they would normally play as pastor, leading their congregants to see Christ in others and reaching the needs of the world around them.
Seed money to launch our Storytelling Projects initiative and our initial series of projects has been provided through generous grants from the Christ Is Our Salvation Foundation and the Eula Mae and John Baugh Foundation. For information about underwriting opportunities for Storytelling Projects, contact David Wilkinson, BNG’s executive director and publisher, at [email protected] or 336.865.2688.