statement of Faith
Herman and Penny Gruber Herman Gruber -

1937 - 2012

From the beginning of our ministry in 1990 until his home going to heaven on August 19, 2012, Herman Gruber was our vocal coach, arranger, keyboardist, and faithful friend and encourager. Our CD - MERCY includes two tracks dedicated in honor of Herman.
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Last updated
January 14, 2015

Wiley and Kathryn Oakley

Wiley Oakley - Baritone singer.
Wiley has over 50 years of service as a full-time church staff member. He has served as a minister of youth, music and education, and is now serving as minister of senior adults and visitation. Wiley is a graduate of Campbell University in Buies Creek, NC. He was also in the U.S. Air Force. His wife's name is Kathryn.

George and Edna Mae Crouse

George Crouse - Lead and tenor vocalist/ manager of The Men Of Praise Quartet.
George currently retired from Advantage Sales and Marketing assigned to OTG a division of Pepsi Co., and continues to serve in church ministries such as Sunday School teacher, deacon and choir member. He has sung for many years in various groups including "The Glen Hope Quartet" with his late grandfather, Lonnie Rhodes. He also plays the piano. He was in the N.C. National Guard. His wife's name is Edna Mae.


Bob and Pam Mangum

Bob Mangum - Bass vocalist/ audio technician
Bob is an active member in church ministry. He has served as a Sunday School Director/Teacher, deacon and choir member. He is a graduate of NC State University in Raleigh, NC. He was in the U.S. Navy and served in Vietnam. He works for the Frito Lay Co. His wife's name is Pam.






Maurice "Morris" Stancil - Tenor and Lead Singer
Morris has been involved for many years in music ministries as a musician playing many types of stringed instruments. He has played for the "Men of Praise Quartet", "Bobby Pender and Light", "Shine On", "Higher Power", "The Beacons" and various other groups. In addition to his talent for playing stringed instruments, Morris is a vocalist currently singing for the "Men of Praise Quartet". Morris served in the US Air Force, was employed as a pest control technician for 30 years. He now works for UNC hospital as a shuttle driver. Morris is actively involved in church ministries as a choir member and chairman of prayer ministries at Ridgecrest Baptist Church. He is a deacon and former Baptist Men's Ministry Director. His wife's name is Ann.


Statement of faith:

Each member of The Men Of Praise Quartet by personal testimony and Christian lifestyle profess:

  • 1. Repentance of sin and faith in Jesus Christ as the only way to God, an abundant life here on earth and life eternal that begins with the new birth and continues eternally in heaven.
  • 2. God has a plan for each of us and expects us to respond to His call.
  • 3. The Bible is God's love letter to His children and our guide to live by.
  • 4. The local church is the place where each Christian should unite with others to be strengthened and accomplish the mission of the church as described in the Bible.
  • 5. God has called us to a specific ministry to local churches to encourage, minister, and present the gospel in song.


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