“We have musicians in church, most of whom are university educated. They are good musicians, committed to the church, they love Jesus, but nobody’s getting specialized training in church music.”
Which can you more likely recite over Sunday lunch after worship: a point from the sermon or a refrain from a hymn?
In this “Singing Our Faith” series, we learn about Ken Wilson’s hymn-teaching process and the love for hymns he instilled in the children at Knollwood Baptist Church during three decades of ministry. We also examine some of the trends and changes in church music and ministry. All photos taken in this photo gallery are by Norman Jameson or from the archives of Knollwood Baptist Church.
Since 2016, that liturgy of roots music and candid conversation about faith has distinguished Hall’s Sunday morning radio program Gospel Gothic as an unlikely yet utterly compatible force among Macon, Ga.’s most devout church-goers as well as its most resolved agnostics.
The hosts of the Gospel Gothic radio hour — Jake Hall, pastor of Highland Hills Baptist Church in Macon, Ga., as well as Wes Griffith and Brad Evans, local entrepreneurs and owners of 100.9 FM The Creek — are inviting Macon and listeners around the country to join them each Sunday morning in exploring “faith, music and meaning in the Christ-haunted South.”
The day Jake Hall discovered 100.9 FM The Creek, he nearly plowed through a red light into oncoming traffic. As Hall approached the Spring Street bridge in Macon, Ga., to pass over the Ocmulgee River, Darrell Scott’s “Down to the River” on the radio suddenly broke through his humdrum focus with communion of another kind.
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…