The Singing Hills
“Radiant smiles!” “Rich family harmony” “Native humor” are just some of the comments from those who have seen The Singing Hills in concert. The sincerity & simple message, of what God will do when lives are turned to Him, have touched many hearts over the years.
Their roots go back to that pivotal time when Roger’s father, a Seneca from the Six Nations Indian Reserve in Southern Ontario, turned his life around for the Lord. As a result, a whole family was impacted! It wasn’t long afterwards that Roger, with his parents & eight siblings, began singing & sharing the Gospel, as the original Singing Hills.
The current Singing Hills began in 1981 when Roger and his wife Patti moved, with their four daughters, out West to attend Bible School. They never imagined that what began as a family who loves to sing would blossom into a full-time traveling ministry!
Today the group includes, Roger & his wife Patti, daughters Kari & Kelli, and an exciting new addition, their eighteen year old granddaughter, Talia. Roger, with his deep bass voice, has said many times that he is blessed to have traveled all those years with his family, and now with his grandchildren!
The Singing Hills’ journeys have taken them thousands of miles across North America to churches, community halls, jamborees & many other venues. Their music has been recorded on twelve albums, as well as on TV (including Tribal Trails). Wherever they have been, the Hills have never forgotten the amazing grace of the Lord who brought them from such a lost place, to stand onstage & shine His love to others!
The Pilkey Sisters
Raised in a Christian home, The Pilkey Sisters have been performing for audiences since the ages of 5, 6, and 7. They began their humble career in early 2001, singing Southern Gospel Music in a White Rock Community Church that served meals on Sunday evenings to the less fortunate.
Known for their tightly-blended, angelic harmonies, The Pilkey Sisters have performed throughout the Fraser Valley and Lower Mainland, singing at many church events, missions fundraisers, as well as a variety of corporate events. Most recently The Pilkey Sisters were showcased at the 2017 GMA Covenant Awards, where they were nominated as New Artist of the Year. They are also grateful to have had opportunities to open for Young Street Vocal Band, The Booth Brothers, The Ball Brothers, and are looking forward to returning to perform at the 2017 Canadian Gospel Music Celebration in Red Deer, Alberta.
After years of singing gospel music together, and through their own story of personal hardship with the sudden loss of their father in 2011, they have come to experience God’s love and grace in a way that solidified for them that God’s Word and His promises are true; Christ is our “Saviour” and our only “Hope” is in Him. “…. Our fears for today, our worries about tomorrow, and even the powers of hell cannot keep God’s love away.” Romans 8:38
With an astounding and soaring blend of vocals, and a passion that shines through every word, The Pilkey Sisters’ desire to deliver the gospel message through song, both ministering to the needs of others and bringing hope for an eternal future that far surpasses anything we could imagine.
In a country where traditional family values have been swept out the door, and where faith in Jesus Christ and respect for the attributes of God have been censored within our schools, the media, and in much of the arts and entertainment industry, it is refreshing to know that there is a Canadian ministry whom God has raised up as a light and an encouragement within the entertainment industry of our society.
Jack Jackson and the Jackson Ministries team are an organization whom have been given a unique ability to shine the light of Christ through a music ministry that has given them quite a voice in the Country Music scene across North America.
Jack and the J.R.B. band have been blazing a trail across North America using “Market Place Evangelism” techniques that have been instrumental in introducing thousands of non-churched people into a new relationship with Jesus Christ.
Although “country” in it’s nature, Jack and his team have something old and something new with music that attracts young and old listeners wherever they perform within a “Market Place” setting.
Jack and his gifted team entertain and encourage audiences with music that endorses traditional family values, faith in God, and a relationship with Christ that gives our world help for today and hope for tomorrow.
Good News Quartet
In the spring of 2001 some folks from the Broadview Evangelical Free Church in Salmon Arm BC, decided that they would like to get together once a month to sing the old hymns. One such evening that fall, four men attending this “Songfest” decided they would like to sing together in a male quartet. Thus the Good News Quartet was formed. Charter members are Reinhard Liebich as first tenor and Harvey Sawatzky as second tenor. Abe Stobbe singing bass joined the group in the fall of 2008, and Ernie Wedel replaced our former baritone in the fall of 2010. Randy Davidson, singing baritone also, sang bass in the quartet a few years ago. June Sawatzky does some of the music arrangements and accompanies the group at the keyboard. Our desire is to present the Good News of the Gospel in word and song, and just as the Holy Spirit is ministering to us as we sing; our prayer is that He will also minister to our audience.
Garry Jespersen, a retired businessman, is a talented saxophone, piano, and vocal musician. He lives in Kelowna , B.C. His eleven recordings “Musical Moments” are available on CD. Nine of these are easy listening Gospel music favourites, one of classic love songs, and a Christmas CD. For a number of years Garry and Nora had the opportunity to travel and minister in word and music in B.C., Alberta, Washington, and Arizona. Garry says, ” It has been a real blessing, and we thank God for it.” Nora went to be with the Lord June 2, 2014 after a long struggle with Alzheimer’s. Garry was blessed to find someone to share and encourage in life. In July 2015 he and Vi Rempel were married. Miriam Keith joins Garry at this year’s Singin’ Good News, and we know you will be blessed and encouraged in your walk with the Lord through their music.
Neil started playing Hawaiian guitar when he was 17 years old and got his first steel guitar when he was 19. At that time pedal steel guitar was a brand new instrument. He taught Hawaiian guitar for the Ontario Conservatory of Music and the Academy of Music and had up to 100 students per week. He played for Prince Philip in 1962, was part of the gospel group “The New Covenant Children” who played the Montreal Summer Olympics in 1976 and recorded and toured with Joanne Cash (Johnny Cash’s sister). He’s also played with Jerry Goff and the Singing Goffs, the Antone Indian Family and Grand Ole Opry stars, Mac Wiseman, Carl and Pearl Butler and Red Sovine. He has won the Canadian Gospel Music Association’s instrumentalist of the year award four times. Neil feels blessed to be able to share God’s gift to him and one of the loves of his life.
Rev. Pete & Shirley Unrau
Pete Unrau is a dynamic and humorous communicator, with 58 years of pastoral ministry in both the US and Canada. His gift of speaking on the joys and trials of life, always bringing people back to a personal God and His unchanging Word, makes this man a delight to any audience. He and his wife, Shirley have traveled and spoken widely across the US & Canada and in 63 countries of the world. They have been on staff at Power To Change (formerly Campus Crusade for Christ) for 17 years. They are the founders of OASIS RETREATS, a vital SOUL CARE ministry of help and healing for weary and/or wounded pastors and missionaries from around the world. They also have frequently team-taught at FAMILY LIFE CONFERENCES all across Canada. Since retirement from P2C they have remained active as Interim Pastor and speaking at numerous churches and Retreats. Pete also has a vital ministry of mentoring numerous younger pastors and Christian leaders in the Okanagan. He has been invited to come regularly to Viet Nam for 2 week periods to teach pastors of the Under Ground Church. They have 4 married children, who are all actively involved in their churches. All 3 sons are ordained ministers. They also have 10 grandchildren (one is in heaven now), and five great grandchildren. Both Pete & Shirley Unrau are graduates of Briercrest Bible College. Pete also obtained a Master’s degree from Western Oregon State University.