- Associated Press - Sunday, June 7, 2015

CULLMAN, Ala. (AP) - Josh Drummond came to a crossroads in his life about the time he was to graduate from college with a degree in education. He knew that his decision would change the course of his entire future.

“I was almost finished at Athens State,” Drummond said. “I’d already finished at Wallace State. I kept hearing stories about how teachers were getting in trouble for mentioning religion and I knew that I’d probably wind up losing my job over that. I knew that wherever I was, I would be witnessing to someone. I had a strong calling to do that on a daily basis.”

Drummond changed his priorities. Instead of becoming a teacher, he became a member of a gospel quartet. Through his music, he ministers to hundreds of people at every concert, every church singing, and even long-distance via recordings of the group on CD.

He was about 18 when he started singing gospel music.

“The older I got the more liberal the country got,” he said. “I’ve been given a great opportunity to share the gospel of Christ through music. We always give an invitation after every concert. We’ve seen people come to Christ who might not otherwise have heard the message.”

“It’s a big job - sharing the word of Christ,” he continued. “Seeing people saved is what it’s really all about. It’s a huge blessing.”

Drummond, a 2003 graduate of West Point, plays guitar, mandolin, piano and several other instruments, although the quartet mostly sings accapello in their concert ministry. The group, the Strait Way Quartet, consists of lead singer, Justin Sartin, of Good Hope, Brad Garrison, of Phil Campbell, tenor, Derrick Woodall, of Dodge City, who sings bass, and Drummond, a baritone, of Crane Hill.

“There’s just something about that four-part harmony,” Drummond said. “When you get four men that really blend, that sound is hard to beat.”

Although the quartet is dedicated to their musical ministry, life on the road is not always easy. They miss a lot of things, mainly their families and being active in their home churches. At one point, tired from just having returned from a long trip, Drummond told one of the other members of the group that he just wanted to be home, not singing that night. Unknown to him, his wife would be in the audience with their children on this occasion. The venue was, coincidently, Josh’s old home church, White Oak Baptist, near the Cullman/Winston counties line, so his parents were there, as well.

After the concert, as the invitation was given, he saw his daughter, Sara, pull away from the pew and literally run to the altar to ask Christ into her life. “She’d been asking a lot of questions at home for the past six months,” he said. “I realized then that I shouldn’t have been complaining. That was God’s way of telling me that I should just leave everything up to Him.”

Drummond and his wife, Becky, have three children: Lily, 13, Christopher, 10, and Sara, who is now 9. The Drummonds attend Jones Chapel First Baptist Church, where both Josh and Becky are members of the choir, and Becky is a Sunday school teacher.

Because the Strait Way Quartet members all have jobs and families, they have cut their schedule back from what it was previously. They currently average 40-50 concerts each year, traveling on weekends to venues so that they can be home with their families through the week.


Information from: The Cullman Times, https://www.cullmantimes.com

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