Instruments of Faith is a Southern Gospel quartet located in Belleville, Illinois. The group has been in ministry for fourteen years and getting ready to start fifteen years ofsinging Southern Gospel music. The group has had the opportunity to minister to over tens of thousands over the years and even has had the opportunity to appear on the TCT network which is anInternational Christian broadcast network three times with Brian Arnold on his show, From Victim to Victory. The group also has had the opportunity to sing at Jinglefest for WIL 92.3 twice in 2011 and 2012. They have shared the stage with the Greene's and the Florida Boys. The group signed with Declaration 212 in 2013 and just had their first single released to national radio for airplay in the fall of 2014 and it has its music distributed to over 2000 bookstores worldwide. The mission of Instruments of Faith isabout sharing the gospel through singing and testimony. It's just not about the songs it is what is shared through the songs and from the heart.
The group started in the early parts of 2000 with four men from Eastview Baptist church in Belleville Illinois. The group members have changed over the years and the group signed its first recording contract with Tate Music Group in 2010. The group was with them for three years until it signed with Declaration 212 in 2013. The group’s founder Gary Brannaman and Sam Hahn are the two original group members. Gary Voelker has been singing with the group since 2008 and Ken Beals joined the group in January of 2014 and has been with the group for almost a year.
Gary Brannaman founder of Instruments of Faith has had experience singing since he was five years old. At a early age he was singing in musicals and even speaking for school plays. Gary’s love for music started in choir in high school being involved with show choir. Gary gave his live to the Lord when he was twelve years old. From there he has had opportunities to sing in church and even lead worship in his church. Gary has always had a great love for music and when he attended school at Missouri State University he was involved with a Christian group New Dawn. They ministered all over Southern Missouri and even had the opportunity to open up for National Christian Recording artist First Call. From there Gary formed a group with his dad and good friend Lee Croney in 1992. The group was together for a year. Gary soon moved to Bellevile Illinois in 1994. In 2000 Gary was looking to put together a group and started Men of Faith quartet whichthen becameInstruments of Faith. Gary has been owner and operator of Instruments of Faith now for fourteen years. His passion for ministry and singing has carried him on all these years. Seeing lives changed and touched through Southern Gospel music and what he calls heavenly music is Gary’s passion. There is nothing like four part harmony with a message. Gary Voelker has been involved with music his whole life. Gary has had the opportunity to sing with choir and worked for a time with the Belleville Masterworks choir. Gary was introduced to Southern Gospel music when a trio came to his church in early 2000. He asked does this music have a bass part and they said yes it does. Gary joined up with the Gateway quartet from Southern Illinois and sang with them for several years. The group had the opportunity to open up for Trace Atkins in St. Louis Mo. Gary came on with Instruments of Faith in 2008 and has been their bass singer ever since. Gary has a smooth bass voice alone and just an outstanding heart for ministry. Along with singing with the group Gary is involved and sings with a 100 piece Gospel choir, The Homecoming Gospel Choir in Southern Illinois, which does dates throughout the year.
Sam Hahn has been with the group for fourteen years. Sam has been dedicated to singing music and sharing Jesus through his talent of singing. Sam is a deacon at his church and Sunday school teacher. Sam is the baritone singer and the glue that holds all the parts together. Sam has always loved music and bluegrass music. He never sung with any other groups until he came on to sing with the group in 2000. Sam spent the majority of his life serving in The United States Air Force. He served for thirty years and was a chief when he retired. Sam served two tours in Vietnam and his love is not only for music but for his country. That is what makes Sam a dedicated and valuable member of Instruments of Faith.
Ken Beals is the newest member of Instruments of Faith. Ken joined us after singing several years as tenor singer for The Shepherdsmen Quartet from Woodlawn Illinois. Ken grew up on a farm in Indiana and always loved singing. When he was in college he sang with the Purdue Glee club and with the group Shanana. Ken also is a retiredLieutenantColonel with the Air Force serving twenty five years before he retired several years ago. When Ken sings you feel as if he is telling you a story. That high smooth tenor voice will carry you away and his heart for ministry is what makes a Ken a great asset to the group.
With many decades of singing and experience Instruments of Faith is set to pave a new era in Southern Gospel music. The group will always stand for Jesus in its personal lives and the music it shares with those it has the opportunity to reach. To put it out there Instruments of Faith is about one thing, ministry and using our musical talent to serve the Lord and tell others about our wonderful Savior Jesus!