WAYNESBORO — Faithful Men is a singing group made up of 12 men from the local area. The Christian group is celebrating 20 years in August.

“We are an ecumenical formed group,” Don Coffey, of Waynesboro, said. “We all go to different churches. What defines us is our music and our love for the same Lord.”

Jeff Walter, Tim Teachey, Dale Coffey, Don Coffey, Tim Shrader, Ronnie Martin, Rod Campbell, Ray Dollins, Sam Robb, Chip Stratton, Bob Joyce and John Guthrie make up Faithful Men.

Don founded the group in 1998. He had always wanted to start a men’s’ group and decided to for Sundays in the park.

“I really don’t like calling them concerts; they’re more of a worship service,” he said. “The first time we sang together was June 9, 1998. We’ve preformed approximately 550 times.”

There are three original members in the group along with Don: Walter, Dollins and Stratton. The original accompanist was Kelly Hughes and the current accompanist is Orville Bame.

The men are from Waynesboro, Stuarts Draft and Afton. They typically perform locally, but have played as far as Pennsylvania.

“We are family,” Don said of the group. If they have an opening, musical ability comes second to fitting in with the group.

“The Lord is not looking for intellectuals or geniuses — he’s looking for men that have so much faith, that through him anything is possible,” he said.

Don directs the Waynesboro Choral Society and his church choir, so his favorite aspect of Faithful Men is getting to sing.

“We learn music and I sing with them, that’s my favorite,” he said. “I don’t get to sing as much as I used to. Our job is to spread His word through His music.”

The group’s theme song is “I love you, Lord.”

To celebrate their 20 th anniversary, they will hold a concert on Aug. 19 at Main Street United Methodist Church in Waynesboro at 6 p.m. The concert is free.

For more information, visit faithfulmenvirginia.com.

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