Music Ministry


Music Ministry Staff

Rev. John Baldwin, Minister of Music: jbaldwin (a)
Rev. Anthony Kidd, Audio/Lighting Director akidd(a)
Laureen Davis, Music Ministry Assistant: ldavis (a)
Dee Pace, Children’s Music Assistant: dpace(a)
Ryan Smith, our Student Minister, leads the music in the 11:00 service. To reach him: rsmith(a)

Music Ministry

The Music Ministry of First Baptist Church, Fairhope is dedicated to the worship of God Almighty;  the edification or building up of the body of Christ, and the proclamation of the Gospel until Christ returns.
Worship – because God is worthy and worshipping Him will never cease for all eternity.
Edification – because God has gifted each of us with talents and abilities to be used by Him and for Him.
Proclamation – because God has commanded that we “Go into all the world” telling the good news of salvation in Jesus.
Below you’ll find a listing of all our music groups. God has blessed us with many talented members. We’d like you to be the next! If you have any questions about the Music Ministry please contact our Music Minister, John Baldwin 251.928.8685 jbaldwin(a)

Golden Tone Singers – Senior Adult Choir

If you like to laugh, sing, fellowship, and on occasion, eat really scrumptious dishes, you’ll want to be a part of the Golden Tone Singers. There’s just one catch: You must be at least 55 years old to be a member! Sorry, no exceptions. On Tuesdays at 1:30pm, we rehearse Southern Gospel songs, hymns, and maybe a chorus or two. We go to area Nursing Homes, churches and Women’s Ministry Centers to sing, smile and share a pat on the back  and a word of encouragement. No audition necessary….just to “make a joyful noise”!  (Off during the summer).

Sanctuary Choir

Our Sunday Morning Worship Choir. Young Adults all the way up to….90 somethings. Rehearsals are on Wednesdays at 6:30pm in the Sanctuary. We sing a broad range of music from traditional to contemporary, from southern gospel to classical. If you love major presentations, this is the group for you!
We have done a full-blown Easter pageant, a flag-waving patriotic program and at Christmas…it’s like a present. You never know what you’ll get! Sometimes we sing with full orchestra, sometimes pageantry…God has blessed us so much. He’ll bless you too as you give yourself to Him. No audition required. For more information, contact John Baldwin at jbaldwin(at) or call the church office at 251.928.8685.

Student Choir

Students love to sing all the cutting-edge music. These groups are presently working on music by artists such as Third Day, Mercy Me, Audio Adrenaline, Rebecca St. James, Fuse Box and more. Here is the schedule for our student choirs:
RE:Sound: (Student Choir)
6-8 Grades Wedesdays, 5:30
9-12 Grades, Sundays, 4:30pmSandy McKinney directs these two energetic groups of students. For more information, contact her at smckinney(at) or call the church office at 251.968.8685

Children’s Choirs

Wow! If you have children, if you know children, if you are a children, uh, child, then you’ll wnat to hear about our fantastic Chidlren’s Choir program. Through the efforts of our Children’s Minister Kevin Nelson, and under the leadership of our Children’s Music Associate, Dee Pace, we offer a tremendously exciting Children’s Choir Program on Wednesdays (during the school year) Our children’s choirs begin at 5:30pm. Our wonderful faculty of directors and teachers lead our children in singing, playing instruments, doing activities and learning about God and His creation. Here are the childrens choirs available:
They are Wee Singers (for those 3 years old before Sept 1);
Wee Singers Too! (4 year olds);
His Kids (5 year olds);
Music Makers (1 Grade);
Music Makers Too (2 Grade),
Young Musicians (3 grade),
Young Musicians too (4th Grade) and
J.A.M. (Jesus and Me) 5th – 6th grades.
If you need further information, please contact Dee Pace at dpace(a) or call the church office at 251.928.8685

Sanctuary Orchestra

Brass players, woodwind players, string players, percussionists — this is for you! Even if you haven’t played for several years, dust off your instrument, rosin up the bow or get your chops back in shape, and come on!
We rehearse on Wednesdays at 6:00pm in 308 West building. We play a wide range of music: Classical to southern gosopel to hymns/choruses to contemporary and beyond. For a taste of some of our repertory, go to and listen to some of the selections. We play for the Morning Worship Service (8:30) once a month playing stand-alone orchestrations as well as accompanying the congregational singing and Sanctuary Choir anthem. Have questions? Contact  contact John Baldwin at jbaldwin (at) or Jerry King at or call the church office at 251.928.8685

Handbells – Southern Bells

This is an experienced group of ringers using four octaves of Malmark Bells. We ring a wide range of musical styles. Those interested in joining the Southern Bells should be comfortable reading music and able to count complex rhythms. We meet each Wednesday at 5:15 pm in 301South Building.


An auditioned group comprised of High School students (10-12 grades) this group has taken a break for the last couple of years. However, auditions will be held in August 2012 for a new year of ministry. Musical selections generally include cutting-edge, SATB and SAB contemporary music as well as traditional standards. Rehearsal time/day TBA. Those interested in auditioning should contact Sandy McKinney at smckinney(a) or John Baldwin at jbaldwin(a) or call the church office at 251.928.8685. 


College-age young adults make up this ensemble. They sing contemporary SAB music. Beautiful blend with a heart for worship describes this group perfectly. Rehearsals are held on Sundays at 3:30pm. Participation by invitation. For booking information, contact John Baldwin at jbaldwin(a) or call the church office at 251.928.8685.

First Praise

Dynamic, energetic, spirit-filled and worshipful are just a few of the words that have been used to describe First Praise. This group of Young Adults, led by Dee Pace, leads our church family in worship monthly. They sing in area churches and revival services. Rehearsals are held on Sundays at 4:30pm Participation is by invitation. For booking information contact Dee Pace at dpace(a) or call the church office ad 251.928.8685.


An adult ensemble which sings a variety of musical selections from traditional, contemporary and southern gospel to a cappella songs. Participation is by invitation. Rehearsals held on Sundays at 4:30pm. Interested singers should contact John Baldwin at jbaldwin(a) or call the church office at 251.928.8685. Adoration is under the direction of John Baldwin.

Sunset Mountain Boys

These guys are wonderful! Mandolin, harmonica, banjo, guitars, bass guitar, and several vocalists. They sing southern gospel music as well as all the standard hymns. They minister to our church as well as area nursing homes. Contact Russell Eubanks at bigrustyspoon(a) for membership, bookings, royalties and movie rights.

Upcoming Events

Would you like to help? Pageants cannot be done without a tremendous number of volunteers. We need lots of people to help with:
Drama – Portray Bible characters. Be one of the crowd as Jesus teaches. (both speaking and non speaking are usually available)
Music – Sing in the choir. Great songs; wonderful fellowship.
Costumes – Some sewing; helping actors get dressed/costume changes.
Make-up – We provide the supplies and we’ll train you. Lots of help needed.
Lights – Follow Spot operators. Again, We’ll train you.
Publicity – We need to get the word out! Take posters, hand out free tickets, invite your neighbors.
Construction-A very large stage is usually built (at easter). We need lots of folks who can build hammer, saw, carry, etc. Starts about three weeks from production.
Scenery/Art – The set will need to be painted…the temple, stone walls, etc., Trees, plants, vines added.
Stage Crew – These people will work backstage during presentations to move props, make scene changes, take care of special effects.
Photographer/Video Cameras – Rehearsals and Dress Rehearsal, Performances.
Transportation – plenty of things have to be picked up and taken back the week surrounding the production.
Most of all pray. Pray for God’s blessing, guidance, empowerment, and purposes to be fulfilled.
Now, want to help? Let me know. You can email me at jbaldwin(a) or call me at the church office 251.928.8685. Don’t miss an opportunity to be part of charing the good news of Jesus Christ.

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Fairhope, AL, 36532
Phone: 251.928.8685
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