About New Heart Quartet

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Andrew Eckman

Tenor

I grew up in Thayer, Missouri and attended Thayer First Baptist Church as a kid. I now live in Caulfield, Missouri and attend Bakersfield Assembly of God.Southern Gospel Music has always been a love of mine. I have DREAMED about being a quartet since I was a kid. I have always listened to southern gospel music and some of my favorite groups are The Mark Trammel Quartet, Gold City, The Cathedrals, and so many more!I have sung in church for years, but always had the desire to join a quartet and I am beyond thankful for the door that God has opened up for me in being a part of New Heart Quartet.

I am married to my wife Ashley and we have 4 children. Cooper, Braelyn, Ella, and Tucker. I prayed about an opportunity to join a southern gospel quartet for a long time. When I met with the guys and sang for the first time with them, I knew that this was Gods plan me and couldn’t have been more excited. I’m so happy to be a part of this group and pray that our singing ministry will bless many people.

EdEdington

Ed Edington

Baritone

I have sung just about all my life.  I began with the family group up through 18 years old.  I was taught to sing harmony and I have sung all parts with the exception of bass. For over 30 years God has provided me the opportunities to sing with some very talented singers and musicians.

I have sung with three southern gospel quartets through the years. In the 80’s, I sang tenor with the New Harvest Quartet ( I still have the cassettes). In the 90’s, I sang 11 years with a quartet, still known as The Singing Disciples out of the Rolla area.  We sang generally 100 to 120 services a year.  I sang both the tenor part in the early years and baritone the last 5 years I was with the group.  Presently I sing with the group Abundance Quartet, as well as, New Heart Quartet.  This may sound confusing, however, because of work schedules and working on the road, Abundance was restricted to singing two – three weekends a month.  Through circumstances, that I can confidently say that was a “God Thing”, called New Heart Quartet together.

In 2008, God called me into the Ministry of the Word.  I was ordained as a Southern Baptist minister and took the pastorate of a small country church until 2011.  I felt the calling of God to once again go into the evangelical field based around the Word and Song. I believe in our New Heart Mission Statement concerning the creation of a new heart. Song, along with the Word, can truly turn that hard heart into a workable instrument of God.

JoeSlayton

Joe Slayton

Lead

I was singing in church, probably as soon as I started to talk. My family would take us to the "singings" in the area to see groups like The Oak Ridge Boys, Cathedrals, Blackwood Brothers, etc., and it was then I knew I was hooked on this music. My entire family sang at church as well as in events around the area where we lived. Later, God used this love and desire to sing and travel with regional quartets in Missouri and Arkansas.

I know that God can use music to deliver His word, at times, when nothing else can. 

I'm so proud to team with these guys, New Heart Quartet, to sing and share the gospel of Christ.

DougSheets

Doug Sheets

Bass

I was raised from birth in a country church call Sutton Free Will Baptist. My family sang as a group until my sister went off to college. (she was our piano player). After graduating high school I fell out of church but the teaching of the word was implanted in my heart and never left. During those years the Holy Spirit never left me alone. It seemed God always had plans for me and I know those plans were to share the gospel through music. I sang with a group called Homeward Bound for a few years and loved every minute of it. When we disbanded I felt lost and prayed for the Lord to give me a direction.  Thus New Heart Quartet is the direction he led me. Couldn’t ask to sing with a better bunch of guys. Everyone one of them devoted Christian men. Thank you Lord for the opportunity to share you gospel through music.