The internationally acclaimed King's Heralds Quartet from Portland, Tennessee, is the longest running gospel quartet in North America. After 86 years of singing gospel praises, they are coming to Conestoga Mennonite Church this Thursday at 7 p.m.

Founded in Keene, Texas, in 1927 by four young college students, the group has come to be recognized world-wide for their blend and musical expertise. Current members of the quartet are Don Scroggs, First Tenor; Jared Otto, Second Tenor; Russell Hospedales, Bari¬tone; and Jeff Pearles, Bass.

This 'trans-denominational' group has toured not only the U.S., but the islands of the Ca¬ribbean, all of Latin America, the South Pacific, Australia, Asia and Africa. Among their audiences have been heads of state, kings, presidents, governors, ambassadors and other dignitaries.

A regular television guest on the 'Praise the Lord Show' on the Trinity Broadcasting network, the King's Heralds quartet also appeared on the 'It is Written' telecast with Mark Finley. Their own radio program, 'The Sound of Praise,' received top honors - a 'Silver Angel Award' - as 'Best International Broadcast' from Excellence in Media.

The King's Heralds quartet has shared their music before the Christian Booksellers Association, the National Association of Evangelicals, the National Association of Reli¬gious Broadcasters, the Protestant Health and Welfare Association, the Greater Pittsburgh Charismatic Conference and the Baptist World Alliance. The quartet is the first Christian gospel group from the west to tour The People's Republic of China since 1949, singing for the 'First Invitational Symposium of the Christian Church in China' sponsored by the U.S./China Education Foundation. In 2001 the King's Heralds presented 19 concerts in the Republic of Cuba with the Spanish Christian Radio Broadcast 'La Voz de la Esperanza.'

The King's Heralds have received 23 'Silver Angel Awards' from Excellence in Media, including six for 'Best Male Vocal Group' and 14 for 'Best Album.' The group also received a 'Gold Angel Award' in recognition for their being the oldest, continuous gospel quartet in America.

The King's Heralds perform in a variety of musical styles, making them a favorite with audiences of all ages. Their rich blend, harmony and balance as interpreted through their well-known a capella singing creates a rich musical experience.

Thirty one men have been a part of the King's Heralds quartet since its foundation in 1927. They have recorded in 30 languages, on over 100 albums, and toured over 50 countries. Their music is treasured by people all over the world, from the highlands of Papua New Guinea to the steppes of Russia, to Punta Arenas in Chile.

Conestoga Mennonite Church is located just east of Morgantown along Route 23 at 2779 Main Street. Questions may be directed to the church office at 610-286-9124, or by sending an e-mail to

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