The Assemblies of God Music Hall of Honor is devoted to recognizing and honoring individuals who have made a significant and lasting contribution to the ministry of music in the Assemblies of God. The Music Hall of Honor was created in 1997 and is awarded biennially at the General Council event hosted by the Assemblies of God to two individuals. pdf
2011 NEWLY AWARDED HONOREES!
David Thomas is the Senior Assistant Pastor at First Assembly of God in Fort Myers, FL. He began his journey in music ministry as a professor at Southeastern University in Lakeland, Florida. He then accepted the position as Minister of Music at First Assembly of God in Lakeland, Florida, a position he held for twelve years. In 1989 he was invited to join the staff of First Assembly of God, Fort Myers, Florida, with Pastor Dan Betzer. He has now served Pastor Dan Betzer and the congregation of First Assembly for 23 years. Over the 39 years that he has served the Assemblies of God, he has directed choral and orchestra groups, produced large-scale productions, been a featured symphonic conductor at community events, pastored hundreds of volunteers in his music programs, and led the congregation in worship week after week. Over the past 2 years, he has transitioned from a role as music minister
to administrator. He now serves as Senior Assistant Pastor, overseeing
all of the ministry and financial elements of First Assembly. (2011)
Ramona Crabtree is well known in the Assemblies of God for her years of dedication to the fellowship. In addition to her growing ministry across the nation as a conference speaker, she is recognized as an outstanding soloist and recording artist on the piano. The wife of Charles T. Crabtree, former assistant general superintendent of the Assemblies of God, she is the mother of 3 married daughters, grandmother of 11, and has spent 37 years of evangelistic and pastoral ministry alongside her husband, and is a licensed minister herself. Beloved for her amazing ability as a pianist, she is renowned for her dedication to playing for worship services as well as featured performances. Her music ministry has allowed Ramona to be a church minister of music; an arranger for choirs and special groups; recording artist; guest performer on radio and television as well as concerts for churches and organizations to include “A Night With the Masters” with the San Jose Symphony. Ramona has recorded 7 CDs and continues to play today.
Past Inductees include:
Kenton Lee is the Minister of Worship and Creative Arts for Life Center in Tacoma, Washington. He received his Bachelors of Arts in Music from San Diego State
University, a Master of Arts in Religion from Liberty Seminary, and is
currently enrolled in a Doctorate of Worship program. He has served on staff there for 28 years. He is also a published composer, arranger, conductor, vocalist and pianist. His musical arrangements have been played and sung by individuals and churches across the country. Through his many musical gifts, Kenton has made a tremendous impact on Assemblies of God music. Kenton gives weekly direction to the music of Life Center, including the very popular Singing Christmas Tree. He and his wife, Benita have raised four very musical children who are successful, practicing musicians. (2009)
In a world where fame and notoriety can come and go like flavors of the month, Ralph Carmichael is an enduring presence. As an arranger and conductor, he has shaped the music of many of the biggest names of modern pop music. As a writer, producer and record executive, he was one of the driving forces in the creation of contemporary Christian music. Ralph has done everything from scoring blockbuster films and music for television shows, music ministry in a church, creating a successful production company that introduced contemporary music into
the church, and producing Dove-award big band gospel albums. 2007 marked Ralph’s 60th year in Christian Music, and he is just as active today as he was 60 years ago. (2009)
Lawrence B. Larsen
L.B. Larsen has had a lasting impact on the musical landscape of the Assemblies of God. From 1959 until 1970, he served as the Chairman of the music department at North Central Bible College. During his tenure at North Central, he was also the Minister of Music at Minneapolis Gospel Tabernacle, a position he had for nearly 20 years. In 1971, he moved to Springfield, Missouri to become the National Music Director. During his time at headquarters, the music department published octavos, sheet music, 2 chorus books and nearly 50 choral collections. His last major project to be involved with was the Sing His Praise hymnal and orchestration. Today, he continues to reside in Springfield with his wife, Wilma. Together, they have 3 daughters, four grandchildren and one great-granddaughter. (Forte Magazine 2007)
Larry Ford is a Grammy award winner who has
committed his life to singing the good news of the Gospel of Jesus
Christ. His music career began at age five when he climbed up on a chair
at his home church in Levelland, Texas and sang his first solo, How Great Thou Art.
Classically trained in music at Eastern New Mexico University, he then
sang with the Downings, Dixie
Echoes, and the James Blackwood Quartet.
He served as a pastor at churches in Texas and Florida for ten years
before returning to full-time music ministry. In recent years, he has
regularly with Bill and Gloria Gaither on their homecoming videos.
Larry has a wife, Sherryl, of 36 years, six children, and four
grandchildren. (Forte Magazine 2007)
Linda Robins is the Music Chair at Southwestern Assemblies of God University. She has a B.M.E and M.M.E from Central State University in Edmond, Oklahoma and has taught music education courses in public and private schools for 14 years. She has also served as a minister of music in the Assemblies of God. In addition to being the Music Chair, Robins teaches courses in contemporary worship, church music, music education, private piano and handbells. Other honors and awards include Who's Who in American Christian Leadership, Who's Who Among America's Teachers, and the Southwestern Distinguished Faculty Award (1999). Many of her former students now hold church staff positions and are involved in many aspects of
music ministry, including this year's music luncheon guest, Kristy Starling. (Forte Magazine 2005)
J. Daniel Smith
J. Daniel Smith is unquestionable one of the handful of America's premier arrangers and producers. He has made dynamic contributions to the rise in strength and integrity of the christian music industry. His musical genius is empowered by his surrender and sensitivity to an undeniable anointing. Although an outstanding keyboard artist, he is widely sought after for his versatility as an arranger, producer and conductor. As an arranger and orchestrator, his choral collections, octavos and seasonal works have been published by almost every major publisher in the U.S. In 2003, Smith won a Dove award for his Christmas musical, The Christmas Shoes. He has also produced the annual missions musicals for the Assemblies of God World Missions since 1998. He currently serves as Music Pastor at Bethesda Community Church in Fort Worth, Texas, a position he has held for almost 30 years. (Forte Magazine 2005)
John Shows, a native Mississippian, graduated from Evangel College with a Bachelor of Music Education degree.He then went on to receive a Master of Music in trumpet from the University of Missouri-Kansas City. He has done doctoral work at the University of Miami, FL and the University of Colorado. He has served on the Evangel University faculty since 1966. He is a Professor of Music and Chairman of the School of Music. He is the director of bands, instructor of trumpet and horn, and professor of instrumental Music Education courses. As a music educator, John has served as a clinician and adjudicator throughout the central United States. Earlier in his career, he served as the national president for the Christian Instrumental Directors Association and is presently the President-Elect of the Missouri Association of Departments and Schools of Music after serving this organization as Secretary for 15 years. Outside of his duties at the university, he has served as Minister of Music in Florida and Missouri, served numerous committees at the Assemblies of God national headquarters and has conducted and been a clinician for major conferences, Fine Arts Festivals and General Council meetings. John lives in Springfield, Missouri with his wife of 36 years and has 2 married
Paul Ferrin has been an influential figure in church music for over five decades. After attending Northwestern College in Minneapolis, he traveled throughout Europe with Youth for Christ. Serving in the local church, this inductee spent the early part of his career in Colorado and Kansas serving as Minister of Music. In the early 1960s, he traveled in America and the British Isles with the legendary gospel composer and preacher, Ira Stanphill. Over the course of the next 20 years, this inductee served as Minister of Music in 2 historic churches, First Assembly, Memphis, TN; and Bethel Church, San Jose, CA. In the mid-1980’s, he became the director of music for the PTL Television Network. In addition to this inductee’s extraordinary career in the church, he has well over 300 published arrangements and compositions to his credit. He has been published extensively by many major companies. One of his musicals, A Morning Like This, was nominated for a Dove Award by the Gospel Music Association.
Ferrin joined the National Music Department in the mid-90's and served as director until 2002. His timely leadership was directly responsible for the re-emergence, credibility and success
that we as the National Music Department benefit from today. He has been married for 58 years and has 4 children, and many grandchildren and great-grandchildren. (2003)
"Big John" Hall
Dr. June Kean joined Evangel’s music faculty in 1955, the
first year of Evangel’s existence. She remained at the school until the Lord unexpectedly called her home
in 1998. An acclaimed organist
with an international reputation, Dr. Kean held a doctorate in
organ performance from North Texas State University, a music degree in piano
and music literature from Eastman School of Music, and a bachelor’s degree in
piano and theory from Oklahoma City University. She concertized widely in the United States and Europe. A sabbatical in China gave her opportunity to perform for thousands in Beijing as a soloist, with the Chamber
Patriotic Chorus of Beijing, and with the Radio Symphony Orchestra of Beijing.
Her performances over
China’s national radio network were
heard by millions of music loving Chinese people. Dr. Kean was a beloved colleague and teacher.
Though she had thousands of pipe organ fans all over the world, she always maintained
a special place in her heart for her Evangel students. Those who knew her understand the phrase,
“There was only one Dr. Kean.” It was not only her musical teaching, but her
love for the Lord made known in teaching which made June such a memorable person.
Bob has been in full-time ministry since he was seventeen. Over the years he has co-labored with a veritable ministry of people including Dr. Jack Hayford, Dr. Lloyd John Ogilvie, Corrie ten Boom, Michael W. Smith, Lincoln Brewster, Anne Graham Lotz, Keith Green, Phil Keaggy and Andrae Crouch. He has produced other artists recordings, working with people like Phil Keaggy, Randy Stonehill, Sara Groves and Noel Paul Stookey (of Peter, Paul & Mary.) He has spoken at many national conferences (Saddleback Worship conference), universities (Wheaton) and Christian music festivals (Spirit West Coast, Creation). Starting in 1987, Bob's Time Out with Bob Kilpatrick devotional program aired three times daily to over 2 million listeners. For nearly 15 years Bob wrote a popular column for Christian Musician magazine. His writings also have appeared in worshiptogether.com, Youth Specialties, CCM, Relevant magazine & crosswalk.com. Bob is an ordained minister, and is married to Cindy, his high school sweetheart. They have five children and live in Fair Oaks, California. (1999)
Winnie Swaim has impacted the world through her published music works and extraordinary career as an educator at Central Bible College in Springfield, Missouri. Her most successful published work was Joy in the Morning, a top-seller for Good Life for many years. She also arranged and produced over 200 accompaniment tracks for Good Life. Her most recent project was arranging and editing the Sing His Praise hymnal. As an educator, her high standards were tempered by a heart for ministry. Diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease, Winnie presently lives at Maranatha Village in Springfield, Missouri. Her grandchildren, Charlie, Stephanie, and Lyndsey received the award on her behalf. (Network News Fall 1997)
Ira Stanfill was one of the most prolific gospel songwriters of this century. His well-known songs include Mansion Over the Hilltop, Room at the Cross, Supper Time, and many more. Over 500 Stanfill songs were published. Though Ira received his eternal reward on December 30th, 1993, his songs will touch hearts for decades to come. Ira's wife, Gloria, and their daughter, Kathy, accepted the award on his behalf. (Network News Fall 1997)
If you would like to nominate someone for the Music Hall of Honor, click here. The next induction ceremony will be in August 2013.