President - Arthur Rice
Arthur Rice is well recognized in the Southern Gospel music industry and is currently the President of the Southern Gospel Music Hall of Fame, in addition to his busy schedule singing lead with the Kingdom Heirs. In 2018, he received the "Dr. Jerry Goff /SGNScoops Lifetime Achievement Award".
Vice President - Gary Casto
Treasurer - Karen Peck Gooch
Secretary - Travis Bridgeman
Travis Bridgeman is the pastor of Antioch Baptist Church in Cumming, Georgia. He was elected to the Advisory Board in 2013, joined the Board of Directors in 2015 and elected to the executive board in 2017. Travis and his wife, Alecia, sing together as "The Bridgemans," and are blessed to be in full-time ministry. He writes the monthly Singing News column, "Spotlight on the SGMA".
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Clarke W. Beasley was appointed Executive Director of the National Quartet Convention in 1993, and today serves as Executive Vice President. He is also President of the Southern Gospel Music Guild, and serves on the Board of Directors of the Gospel Music Association. He resides in the Pigeon Forge, Tennessee area with his wife Britney, daughter Madlyn and son, Dallas.
Dr. Jerry Goff
Dr. Jerry Goff is known as "Mr. Gospel Trumpet." He is a highly sought after speaker, teacher, minister, singer and songwriter. He received the award as #1 male vocalist in 1984. He has written many songs, some of them reaching #1 on the charts. Dr. Goff is President Emeritus of the SGMA, 2002 Hall of Fame member and now serves as Honorary Chaplain of the Southern Gospel Music Association.
Kelly Nelon Clark
Kelly Nelon Clark, daughter of the legendary bass singer, Rex Nelon, has had a wonderful career singing alto for the LeFevres and the Nelons, winning many awards along the way. Kelly is also an accomplished songwriter and actress. She and her husband, Jason Clarke, along with their daughters, Amber and Autumn, make their home in Georgia.
Randall McDaniel is a lifetime supporter of Southern Gospel music and the artists who keep it alive. Randall is from McKinney, Texas.
John Rulapaugh is that smooth, tenor voice you heard with Freedom Quartet. He provided the tenor vocal for Hovie Lister’s final recording, “If We Never Meet Again.” as a member of the Grand Ole Gospel Reunion Quartet and has many other musical achievements to his credit.
Rick Shelton is the Vice President of Music Publishing at Daywind Music. From Nashville, Tennessee, Rick studied business and music at Mid-America Christian University. He joined the board of directors at the Southern Gospel Music Hall of Fame in 2018.
Jonathan Wilburn sang with his parents in "The Wilburns" for 13 years. In 1996, he accepted the lead position for Gold City Quartet. Wilburn felt God's calling to team up with his son, Jordan, and in 2011, Wilburn & Wilburn was formed. Jonathan and Jordan spent six years on the road together, taking the Gospel anywhere God called them to as a father-son team. Jonathan's powerful voice and exuberant personality make him one of the most entertaining and inspirational solo artists in Southern Gospel music today.
Chris White is the president of Sonlite Records, as well as a member of the ownership team of the musical conglomerate Crossroads Entertainment and Marketing. In 1988, Chris launched Chris White Music/Manna White Music publishing, and it has grown to one of the largest catalogs in the business today. He was awarded Industry Producer Of The Year award on two occasions, and received the prestigious Lifetime Achievement Award in 2009.
Josh Franks and his wife, Ashley, are in full-time ministry together. Josh, a native from Savannah, TN, has been singing since age four and preaching since the age of thirteen.
ADVISORY BOARD MEMBERS
Stephen Adair has been a lifelong fan and supporter of Southern Gospel Music and currently serves as the tenor for the legendary Dixie Echoes quartet. Stephen has a great desire to not only preserve our history but to advance our music to future generations.
Liz Autry resides in Kemp, Texas and is the Former Curator / Associate Director at Southern Gospel Music Association. She is president of the Texas Southern Gospel School of Music.
Aaron Rich resides in Louisville, Kentucky and is well-known for his involvement in southern gospel music. He joined the board of directors for the Southern Gospel Music Hall of Fame in 2018.
Mark Trammell has won multiple awards as a singer and producer, and has been a member of four of Gospel Music's most acclaimed groups - The Kingsmen, The Cathedrals, Greater Vision and Gold City. He now sings baritone for The Mark Trammell Quartet. in 2018. Mark was inducted into the SGMA Hall of Fame.