THE HISTORY OF FAITHFUL CROSSINGS
We are now approaching our tenth year of ministry and while we are still a relatively young ministry, we have been blessed beyond measure to have been able to share our message in song with people all over the United States. We have been nominated for multiple Diamond Awards and have had the privilege of interviewing and performing on live radio and TV stations all over the US. Faithful Crossings has also performed multiple times at the National Quartet Convention, and have had the opportunity to share the stage with many of Gospel Music’s great singers.
The ministry of Faithful Crossings was started by husband and wife team, Tammy and Curtis Sumner back in 2006. After years of individual ministry, they believed that God was calling them to begin a new ministry, together, with their children. Tammy had been a member of the all-female Southern Gospel quartet, Sweetwater Revival and both Tammy and Curtis had been on worship teams for many years but a move from Minnesota to the foothills of east Tennessee gave them a new vision of ministry and that was where Faithful Crossings got its start. They prayed and sought a name that would express the heart of this new ministry and because God had always been faithful to them at each and every crossroads of their lives they chose the name "Faithful Crossings."
In the early days, it was just Tammy, Curtis and their two children, Christian and Lauren. They soon cut their first CD titled "God's Got a Plan" on the Church House Music record label and began to tour locally and in nearby states as well as making their debut at the National Quartet Convention.
As time passed on, the Sumner family found themselves leaving the foothills of Tennessee and moving to the Orlando, Florida area. The move proved to be a good one for Faithful Crossings and, as their ministry's reach began to expand, so did the group. In 2008 they added Al Mercer as bass and, soon afterwards, they added Lisa Nielsen as alto. This was a blessed season of Faithful Crossings as they booked more and more concerts and were blessed to sing at the National Quartet Convention for the second year.
In 2010 Lisa had to step down from the group to spend more time at home with her children so Faithful Crossings added long-time friend, Joe Loaring, as baritone and kept moving forward as they cut a brand new CD titled "Grace" (the title song was written specifically for Faithful Crossings by the late Tom Burress). In addition to the new CD, Faithful Crossings had their first annual Homecoming featuring the LeFevre Quartet.
In November 2010, Tammy was expecting their third child and, through complications of pregnancy, had to cancel the remainder of the concert dates until the end of the pregnancy. Their child was born one month early, in February 2011 but with many health complications which put off even more concerts. Then, in June of 2011, because of the terminal illness of Curtis' father, they chose to move across the country to Missouri to be closer family. This would mean that both Joe and Al would be staying behind in Florida and that there would be a new season for Faithful Crossings.
Through both sickness and death it was a season of waiting on the Lord and seeking His will for the ministry and for their lives and the ministry of Faithful Crossings. But, as always, God was faithful and although He sometimes tells us to wait we can believe that He has it all under control and that all things will work together for good... So, here we are. We've walked through the valley of the shadow of death... we've been parched in the desert and we've climbed up the mountain top and we can still say, God is TRULY Faithful and we are excited about what God has in store for us at this new season in our ministry. As we embrace, once more, the sweet family harmonies and combine our voices with our daughter, Lauren to make up the new Faithful Crossings. Ready to walk hand in hand with God to go wherever He chooses to lead us.