I just arrived at the conference and was greeted by one amazing lady, Allison Durham Speer.
It was great to see some old friends from music school.
Three classy ladies...
Oh, and don't forget Allison Lynn!
and new friends!
No really, she's the backbone of this conference.
The king of all bass singers, sits on his throne...
Kathi Mathis did a superb job speaking to us about keeping busy.
Her information was priceless.
Shawn Degenhart, the king of fine-tuning.
Annie Morgan with sister and brother, Hannah and Parker Webb.
The legendary, Faye Speer with one of my favorite folks, Brian Speer.
We even had some visitors from Canada attend the conference.
Introducing, Mike E-zell! Think about it...
Mike Allen and his daughter, Alicia.
Brian getting mighty comfortable...
Aaron Minick, Johnny Minick's son, came and spoke to us about the recording process...
He didn't pull any punches.
Les Bulter, or Solid Gospel Radio and Singing News Magazine came and spoke to us about handling your ministry in a wise, Godly manner.
I took so many notes, my pen started smoking.
A great pastor from Branson, MO came and spoke to us.
If you figure this one out, let me know.
The infamous, Jack Clark.
Jack Clark claimed that this is the Nashville Number System, but I know math when I see it.
At least, I hope I'm learning.
My 'Elvis lip'.
Watch them pitches!
Do I really make all those faces when I sing???
"Filled And Fulfilled"
I don't like this picture of myself, but for a fair and balanced photo gallery, I have to include this one.
She's a wealth of information.
Thanks to Lindsey Graham for taking notes during Allison's analysis.
Here's what you need to do.
I'm A Real Big Fan! Well, I am too, but that's the name of the song.
You'd better be listening at all times, or you 'll be left behind.
Will Shaw at Stamps-Baxter a couple of years ago and he has a great voice.
I want that shirt!
Please make welcome, Howard Goodman! You should have been there.
And here's Vestal!
Or is that Vestal.
This is Wess, reaching out to touch someone.
So much to do, so little time.
If this was a video, you'd see me shaking.
Oh no! Now the teacher has it!
I can't believe it! She can read my handwriting!
The Stutzman Family writing down all my mistakes, so they don't make them.
Come on and pay attention, Ben!
Can you hear me now?
How about now?
What do you mean you can't hear anything???
Chris Beverly, performing an arrangement of his own.
The Hound of the Baskerville's sure perked up when Chris played.
Sing it, buddy.
Hamming it up, as usual. I love you, Ben!
Allison, the cheerleader.
"Be The Miracle"!
Come on and toss that head!
Keep it up!
I don't remember what I was saying here...
I hope it was good.
Mrs Heidi stole our hearts.
"God Himself The Lamb"
Our main textbook, the Bible.
Come on, Lindsey...leave us some!
Elly is the official Elijah Conference mascot.
Our wonderful soundman, Gary Marr.
Belinda was caught napping.
"I Must Tell Jesus"
Michelle Darling, is a darling.
I love to watch it when things click.
There's a thought!
Kathy Perrin is such a sweet spirit.
It was good to see Donna Godshall again.
Belinda can't believe what she is hearing.
Allison is putting Brian in his place.
I've taken so many notes, I hope I don't run out of paper.
Look over there!
No seriously, look!
"Prince of Peace"
This is where ministry comes in.
This guy wandered in off the streets. I'm not sure who he is.
Just kidding, that's Eric Walker, one of the best bass singers I know.
Cathy is delivering a moving segue.
Doing what we do best.
Pastor Johnny Minick gave us some wonderful nuggets of wisdom.
Allison and her panel of experts.
This picture was taken from the Elijah Conference helicopter.
Wanna see another one?
Johnny told us some great stories on the Happy Goodman Family.
Ashley Hawkins playing her version of "Great Is Thy Faithfulness".
I'm gonna cram all this knowledge in there!!
Alicia and Elly kept everybody in line.
Allison listening intently...
Lindsey did a fabulous job!
What a voice!
Push for it!
Late in the day when we would start knodding off, they would pass out chocolates to revive us. It always worked!
It's a good thing that Brian made sure that we received out bathroom breaks.
Wrapping it up for the night...
You are right!
She did great...
Now let's put teeth in it.
My how time flies!!!
Rock Slaughter is an amazing talent.
Don't back talk me!
Ending with prayer...
I sure miss all these folks! See you soon.
Well, I'll miss some of them...