The Anchormen, a popular Southern Gospel quartet, will be appearing at DaySpring Baptist Church in Ward on Friday, June 16. The concert is slated for 7 p.m.

“We are most definitely looking forward to coming to DaySpring in Ward. Our home base is in Asheboro, North Carolina. So, we don’t get out that way too often. We are excited to come and see some new faces,” group manager Tim Bullins said in a recent phone interview.

Formed in 1979, The Anchormen have become one of the premier quartets in their field. With over three decades in the music ministry, they continue to share the gospel with audiences. Initially, they built a foundation by singing within a three to four state area. By 1985, The Anchormen had branched out and traveling full scale.

“The Lord really worked things out for the group and allowed us to sing in a lot of different places thus a lot of doors opened,” Bullins commented. “We keep a busy schedule and love sharing the gospel with the fans”

Known for such songs as “Come To The Fountain,” “Come On In”, and “Giver of Life,” The Anchormen have graced Southern Gospel radio and charts countless times.

The song successes are great, but for the group, they have a higher calling. Not only do The Anchormen hope to bring joy to their listeners, the quartet’s goal is to effectively lead audiences to a sincere knowledge of Christ through His music. The men of this quartet have made it their mission to stay faithful to the call placed on their lives.

“From the very beginning, this group has always had a little something different,” Bullins noted. “They have always been ministry driven. That is the group’s main objective.”

Though the names and faces have changed and even gone and came back throughout the years, The Anchormen still maintain the solid quartet sound that has made them a fan favorite. Today’s group consists of Terry Carter, Phillip Hughes, Will Lane and Chris Jenkins.

Carter is one of the founding members of the group. He sang with The Anchormen for 18 years before taking a nine year hiatus. He returned in 2010. He is respected in the industry as one of the top baritone singers. As the group’s on-stage emcee, his personality shines each time The Anchormen take the stage.

Hughes, a native of Enterprise, Ala., is also a former group member who has returned. Hughes, the group’s lead vocalist, has travel the world, sharing the gospel as well as being a regular on TBN’s “Praise The Lord” television program. In between his stints with The Anchormen, he spent time with both The Kingsmen Quartet and The Harvesters.

Lane is the group’s bass singer. He joined the group in 2003 at the age of 20. He became an instant fan favorite due to his rich, low voice and outgoing stage presence. He left the group for a short time but returned in 2014.

The group’s tenor singer is Chris Jenkins. He is certainly no stranger to gospel music fans. Jenkins was introduced to gospel music at an early age. He studied voice as a teenager and later attended the Stamps-Baxter School of Music in Nashville, as well as the University of North Carolina. He spent four years as the tenor for The Kingsmen Quartet. Jenkins has the unique ability to his the highest possible notes while also delivering a smooth ballad. His immense popularity has garnered him numerous award nominations.

“Fans can expect high-energy singing and transparent testimonies along with songs ranging from old classics to today’s favorites when attending an Anchormen concert,” Bullins said.

Gospel music lovers don’t want to miss this event. There is no admission, but a love offering will be accepted. For more information, call 501- 628-1838 or 501- 843-3336.

Beebe native Charles Haymes is a member of the Country Music Association and a music historian. You can email him at