About The Old Time Preachers Quartet
While the name of the group may be new, the members of the quartet will be familiar faces to the fans of Southern Gospel Music. The Old Time Preachers Quartet was formed by industry leader Les Butler with a desire to blend old time preaching with traditional quartet singing. This combination has resonated with the fans of Gospel music and has made the Old Time Preachers Quartet one of the most exciting new groups to come along in years. They have already garnered two Top 20 Singing News hit songs as well as a #1 song on the Christian Music Weekly chart.
The quartet has been invited to sing at many of Gospel music's major events including the National Quartet Convention, Blue Gate Theater, Shadow Valley and the Seminole Sing. They have also appeared on Daystar's hit TV show Gospel Music Showcase.
The quartet received two Top 5 nominations in the 2017 Diamond Awards; Sunrise Quartet and Album of the Year.
Mike was a member of the Inspirations for over 40 years. Mike states, “I’m excited about the opportunity of singing with the Old Time Preachers Quartet. The name says it all. We are old time preachers who believe in the old time way. The old time Gospel still does the job. I know, that I know, that I know the old time Word of God preached in its power and purity, or presented under the influence of the Spirit of God, still works!”
The burden to start this unique group was first placed on group member, Les Butler. Les has been involved in the industry nearly 40 years as a DJ, TV host, producer, studio musician, as well as Publisher of the Singing News magazine. Fans have also seen him on stage with countless artists including, but not limited to, the Kingsmen, Hoppers, Crabb Family and more. Les serves as the group’s baritone and piano player.
Singing tenor for the Old Time Preachers Quartet is Tim Owns. Tim also sang with the Inspirations along with other groups. Tim is married and has two children. Like the other members of the quartet, Tim is a preacher and travels the country as an evangelist when not on the road with the group.
Rounding out the group as lead is Lee McNeill. Before joining the Old Time Preachers Quartet, Lee sang with the Lumber River Quartet and also with his family group, the McNeill Family. Like the rest of the members, Lee is also a preacher. Lee serves as an associate pastor at New Hope Baptist Church in Roanoke, Virginia.