Harbour Lights Quartet Members
Linda's Vitals:I'm referred to as "The Girl" in the HarbourLights Quartet. I was beyond excited when Jim Downing called in August 2004 and asked me if I'd be interested in singing in a previously "all-male" quartet. What a joy it has been! I love music, all kinds, and especially, Southern Gospel! I've always been involved in choirs - in school, at all churches where I've belonged, was once a Choir Director in a small Southern Baptist church, and have always loved singing praises to the Lord; and seeing the smiles on faces in the audiences where we've sung has been so uplifting. God uses our voices to sing His praises, and the three male voices in the HarbourLights are the best! If we can be a blessing to any one soul, then it's worth it all! God is good! Thank you, HarbourLights, for inviting me to join your quartet.
Birthday: May 15 (sorry, I'm not giving out the year!)
Hometown: Martinsville, Virginia
Your family: I'm divorced; one son, and 2 grandsons
Pet's name: No pet
Education: High School and 2 years college
Day job: Human Resources & Security Administrator, BAE Systems Land & Armaments (Government Contractor)
Self-portrait: Love people, love being a "grandma", Trustworthy, Loyal, Dependable
Favorite saying: Can't think of a favorite, but my most UN-favorite: "That's the way it goes; such is life!"
Greatest accomplishment: Materially: Having the means, health, energy, etc. to support myself in this crazy Northern Virginia economy Spiritually: Seeing my son and grandson accept Jesus - my son when he was seventeen and my grandson when he was eight
Your dream experience: Wouldn't it be great if we could perform with the "Gaithers - Bill & Glorida - Vocal Group, etc."?
Most memorable moment singing with HarbourLights: I suppose my first performance with the HarbourLights; wondering how everyone at FBC would react to a "female" in an "all-male" group.
Favorite movie: The Sound of Music
Who would play you in a movie: Don't know (web master's opinion: Julie Andrews)
Best-kept secret: My age!
Favorite foods: Tex-Mex, Italian, BBQ, Soups, Salads - I like it all!
Hobbies: Listening to music, reading, photography, gardening, theatre, hanging out with grandsons
Bad habits: Spending too much; eating too much
Three things always found in your refrigerator: Coke, Juice, Ice Cream
Books or reading material by your beside: Bible, PEOPLE Magazine, Daily Devotionals
Favorite gospel song: Mansion Over the Hilltop
Favorite Gospel Group: Gaither Vocal Band
Famous last words: "It Is Well With My Soul"
I have always enjoyed listening to and singing gospel music. I was about 23 when I sang with my first gospel group. I had always sang in church choirs and even sung solos in church. I never dreamed I would ever be singing gospel music with a great group of folks from First Baptist Church Alexandria (FBCA). When we came to FBCA back in 1990, all of the music was classical and rather "high church". I figured I'd never get to sing gospel music at FBCA; I figured the FBCA crowd was just too sophisticated. But, one day I was remarking to Roger McGee, our Minister of Music & Worship, that we ought to have a gospel music quartet. He agreed and helped me pull together a group.
I have been amazed how well the FBCA family has enjoyed and embraced HarbourLights. Gospel music is just plain fun to sing and listen to, so folks just like it, even if it's not their favorite style of music. Incidently, the name reflects the goal of the quartet: just as the lights of the harbor lead ships into the safety of the harbor, our ministry leads lost souls to the safe harbor of Jesus.
I pray the Lord's blessing on HarbourLights everyday. I don't know how long He will continue to support our quartet, but as long as He leads us to sing the gospel message of our Lord in song, we'll keep singing.
Birthday: May 21, 1951
Hometown: DeLand, FL
Your family: wife, Debra
Pet's name: If we had one, Snoopy.
Education: B.S. Agriculture & M.Ag. (Extension/Education)
Day job: Environmental Protection Specialist @ U.S. EPA
Self-portrait: steady, practical, outgoing people person
Favorite saying: "Oh boy."
Greatest accomplishment: Getting Debra Burr to marry me.
Your dream experience: Hosting a regularly scheduled, regionally popular southern gospel music radio show on a big gospel radio station.
Most memorable moment singing with HarbourLights: our first real full concert performed at Riverview Baptist Church, Woodbridge, VA
Favorite movie: Gettysburg
Who would play you in a movie: Tom Hanks
Best-kept secret: I love southern Bar-B-Que!
Favorite foods: Southern Bar-B-Que
Hobbies: singing and listening to Gospel Music
Bad habits: I get carried away sometimes.
Three things always found in your refrigerator: milk, catsup, English muffins.
Books or reading material by your beside: The Bible, The Singing News (magazine)
Favorite gospel song: On the Jericho Road
Favorite Gospel Group: The Inspirations
Famous last words: Jesus Saves!
This is Donna, Chris's wife. Chris is a little shy about doing his bio, so I am doing it for him :) I did get him to answer three of the items, but I wrote the rest.
Birthday: February 24, 1951
Hometown: Mechanisburg, Illinois
Your family: wife: Donna Gateley;
Pet's name: 2 cats, Eaty and Felix
Education: Yes (University of Florida)
Day job: Self Employed. Doing presentations at conferences, workshops and training sessions and writing articles and books for insurance agents.
Self-portrait: It's hard to do a "self-portrait" for someone else but I'll try ... he is very compassionate, passionate, and loves the Lord and his family.
Favorite saying: 1) "Don't take life too seriously, it's only a temporary situation." 2) Jump back!
Greatest accomplishment: Becoming a Daddy 3 times. Earning a living doing what I enjoy ... teaching and writing.
Your dream experience: Our music changing lives. (I did get this answer out of him, smile.)
Most memorable moment singing with HarbourLights: Anytime Bobby changes the arrangement mid-song. (Also, this is his answer.)
Favorite movie: A Christmas Carole, played with George C. Scott
Who would play you in a movie: John Belushi or Jerry Garcia (if they were living)
Best-kept secret: Not only does the man have no secrets, but he tells all in front of thousands of people, where they laugh hysterically at our life experiences, as told by Chris.
Favorite foods: Bar B Q
Hobbies: hobbies? (see "day job" above) He loves to read.
Bad habits: Having trouble telling people no.
Three things always found in your refrigerator: Milk, Soy Milk, Eggs
Books or reading material by your beside: Lots
Favorite gospel song: How Long Has It Been
Favorite Gospel Group: The Cathedrals
Famous last words: So long and thanks for the fish! (Chris's answer)
Mark AdamsI can close my eyes and still hear my grandmother singing with the radio. I always noticed that she was happiest when the gospel songs were on. So I guess that is the origin of the joy that I feel when around southern gospel. I accept this as a wonderful gift from God.
Growing up in South Arkansas I sang in children’s choirs and Christmas pageants, and as a teenager, in the summers, traveled on choir tours like many high schoolers singing at churches and staying in Christian homes. In college I sang with a Christian group at University Baptist Church of Fayetteville, Arkansas, called The New Creations, and we recorded an album titled “We Are the New Creations”.
After college I served in the U.S. Marine Corps and continued to sing in church. But it was not until I found a home at First Baptist of Alexandria, and joined the adult choir that I truly started allowing my faith to grow. Warm memories flowed when I would hear Harbourlights sing. I never thought that someday I would be so lucky to be part of this fine group of Christians.
My involvement in First Baptist of Alexandria has been a life (and soul) saver for me. My friends at the Chancel choir have been a source of new found joy and excitement that I look forward to every Wednesday night and each Sunday when we minister through singing. Being part of First Baptist’s “gift to the community” by participating in the Living Christmas Tree is a bright shinning goal for me every year. My opportunity to sing ”Little Yeshua” a few years ago was a spiritual high point, a ‘turning of the corner’ of my faith, and a ‘looking forward to bigger and better things’ in the name of our Lord Jesus.
There is never a Harbourlights performance or rehearsal that I regret. Never have I been more inspired, more thankful or more aware of their faith and mine as when I sing with these guys. For all who hear us I wish God’s blessings on them and if in any way our songs inspire, then I only ask that you share your experience with others and spread the word that God is good, He Loves us, He sent His only Son to die for us, and He wants us to witness for Him in all that we do. Amen.
Birthday: Thanksgiving 1948, (it was very good year) 25 November
Hometown: El Dorado, Arkansas
Your family: Wife - Shawna; Daughters - Stephanie & Stacey; Sons - Jason & Nick; Grandaughters – Breanna, Courtney, Abigail, Jessica, and Sarah; Grandson – Antonio. # 7 due soon.
Pets’ names: Cooper
Education: BS Bacteriology, MA Business.
Day job: U.S. Department of State
Favorite saying: “Now how is that going to affect the way the earth spins?”
Greatest accomplishment: Battalion Command in combat during Operation Desert Storm.
Your dream experience: Singing in Nashville
Most memorable moment singing with HarbourLights: Two years ago automatically singing “There’s Something About That Name” when Bobby started playing it on the piano.
Favorite movie: Christmas Vacation
Who would play you in a movie: Kevin Costner
Best-kept secret: Shyness.
Favorite foods: Soda Cracker Pie
Hobbies: Running, Bike Riding
Bad habits: childlike pranks, teasing those I care about
Three things always found in your refrigerator: Air, ice and crud
Books or reading material by your beside: “Love and Respect” by Emerson Eggerichs
Favorite gospel song: “For I Know Whom I Am Believed” (my mom’s)
Favorite gospel group: The Gaither Family
Famous last words: “Thanks God. It was a good ride.”