KYOVA Gospel Music Association

Mission Statement

The KYOVA Gospel Music Association strives to serve musicians and vocalists in Southern Gospel & Bluegrass Gospel Music in the areas of spiritual and personal accountability, integrity and obedience to God's word in business and professional practice. The Bible is the standard of faith and practice in all issues, including, for example, conflict resolution which must be addressed according to Matthew 18. KYOVA-GMA, believes in partnership with the local church, encourages ministry and restoration, where needed, and the need for intercession for one another and the body of Christ.

KYOVA-GMA Board of Directors

Arnold Sexton (President), J.R. Adkins (Vice-President), Sam Hampton, Jr. (Secretary), Jack Tackett (Treasurer), James Adams, J. R. Adkins, Lowell DePriest, Sam Hampton lll, Obbie James, Matt Wilburn and Bill McGuire.


The Tri-State Area of Kentucky, Ohio and West Virginia has a rich tradition in Southern Gospel and Bluegrass Gospel Music. Over the years, countless musicians and vocalists have crisscrossed the region performing at festivals, in churches and on local radio and television. Some have been 'discovered" by national audiences and made a splash in bigger ponds. But most music ministries continue to labor faithfully in the region without much attention or acclaim. This quiet individualism, so much a part of the Appalachian character, can lead to isolation both spiritually and professionally. Musicians and singers often float from group to group, with intermittent attempts at solo performance, finding little consistent spiritual support and even less training in effective ministry and the manifold challenges inherent in the work of God in music. It is into this environment that the KYOVA Gospel Music Association (GMA) was born. For years, attempts have been made to unify or organize local gospel and bluegrass gospel musicians, only to fall short of the goal. KYOVA - GMA is instituting a ministry for local music ministries through a local church toward the accomplishing of two principal goals: 1) The spreading of the good news of Jesus Christ to everyone, and 2) The dedication of ministries involved to professional and personal excellence.

An Invitation

The KYOVA - GMA believes the scriptural exhortation to excellence to be particularly applicable to musicians and music ministries. If you are involved in Southern Gospel or a Bluegrass Gospel music ministry and would like to join other groups, musicians and vocalists in an organization dedicated to excellence in the name of Jesus, prayerfully consider participation in KYOVA - GMA. Fellowship, accountability, support and mentoring are available through a membership in KYOVA - GMA. Also, establish relationships with others in ministry, both part and full-time.

For more information call Arnold Sexton at 606-836-5582.

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