Panhandle music minister Buddy Mullins inducted into Gospel Hall
Aug 11, 2014
By CAROLYN NICHOLS
Florida Baptist Witness
SANTA ROSA BEACH (FBW)—Buddy Mullins, minister of music at Chapel at Crosspoint in Santa Rosa Beach, was recently inducted into the Gospel Music Hall of Fame as a former member of the Gaither Vocal Band.
|HIGH HONOR Current and former members of the Gaither Vocal Band, including Buddy Mullins (back row, second from left), have been inducted into the Gospel Music Hall of Fame. Mullins has served as minister of music at Chapel at Crosspoint in Santa Rosa Beach since 2008. Courtesy/Buddy Mullins|
Mullins sang lead vocals with the Gaither Vocal Band for two years beginning in 1993 as part of the quartet with Bill Gaither, Mark Lowry and Terry Franklin, who was replaced by Jonathan Pierce. Mullins called the ever-changing ensemble “a fraternity of men who love each other.”
“It is an honor to be part of such talent. I never saw this award coming, and I am very honored,” he said.
Mullins’ father, Roger, was a Southern Baptist evangelist, and the whole family traveled together to revivals, where they sang together. The family “lived on a bus” from 1978-89, Buddy Mullins said. As family singers gave up life on the road, other singers were invited to take their places. Those singers eventually became “Sunday Drive” headed by Buddy Mullins.
Sunday Drive performed about 180 dates a year at the same time Mullins was singing with the Gaither Vocal Band 90 dates a year.
“I would meet myself coming and going, getting on and off planes. I was 25 then, and youth helps a lot in keeping that schedule,” he said.
“The Gaither dates were much easier because all you had to do was fly in and sing. There was no set up to be done.”
One of his favorite memories with GVB is singing during the 1994 Billy Graham Crusade in Atlanta. He met all the Graham team members and was sitting on the platform beside Bill Gaither when 75,000 people in the stadium sang “Because He Lives” “while I sat beside the composer,” he said.
Mullins began a solo career in 2001, and he felt led by God to local church worship ministry a few years later. He has served at Chapel at Crosspoint since 2008. Mullins leads 175-200 worshippers every Sunday with the help of his wife, Kerri, and teenage daughters, Victoria and Olivia, who sing with him.
He continues his lifelong habit of writing music. Some of his songs have topped the music charts: “God is Believable,” “It’s Still the Cross,” and “I’ll Meet You on the Mountain.” Mullins said “40 songs are sitting here on my desk that I have written.”
Chapel at Crosspoint Pastor Charles Wilson said it is “not uncommon for him to write a song to go with my message.”
“Our church celebrated together with Buddy when he was inducted into the hall of fame, but he doesn’t promote his accolades. His ministry comes first and his ego has never gotten in the way of it,” he said.
Mullins tries to limit singing engagements outside his church to his work promoting Hope for the World, an organization promoting missions in Albania, Romania, India, Ethiopia and Honduras. His father works with the organization in a ministry to orphans in Albania.
When Buddy Mullins filled in for Mark Lowry in an evening GVB concert in Lakeland in December, he led music the next day at Chapel at Crosspoint.
“Music is not just my job and ministry. It’s my hobby, too. I am passionate about the presentation of music, because it touches people where nothing else can reach,” he said.
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