The Helmsmen Quartet will perform at 10:15 a.m. on Sunday, Aug. 10, at Shipshewana United Methodist Church.
The Helmsmen lead a worship experience using a variety of musical styles, ranging from old-time hymns to lively Southern Gospel songs. The concert is rich in professionalism but exalts Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior.
In 1969, God brought three college students together in Bourbonnais, Ill., to form the Helmsmen. From that point on, God has used the Helmsmen to minister to thousands of people, through hundreds of church services, concerts, fair appearances, camps and community events. Many people have been saved, and many more have been encouraged to continue in their Christian faith. The personnel have changed over the years, but the zest for ministry has continued. IN 2007 the group reorganized as a quartet and is currently based in Sturgis, Mich.
The Helmsmen Quartet consists of tenor Gary Sportel, lead singer John Davis, baritone Ken Eash, bass Mark Davis, and sound man Erik Jacobson.
Over the years, the Helmsmen have recorded 18 albums. They have held concerts in several states, including Illinois, Indiana, New York, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Massachusetts, New Jersey and Michigan. They have ministered to many different denominations, including but not limited to Naazarene, Baptist, Wesleyan, United Methodist, Christian and Missionary Alliance, Primitive Methodist, and Salvation Army. They have opened for the Oak Ridge Boys, the Couriers, and most recently the Kingdom Heirs.