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Nationally Recognized Singer-Songwriter Kyle Matthews Will Lead Renewal Services at Rutherfordton First Baptist Church

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   Nationally recognized singer-songwriter Kyle Matthews will lead renewal services at Rutherfordton First Baptist Church Sunday through Tuesday, September 19-21, beginning with the morning worship service at 10:55 a.m.  Evening services begin at 7 each evening.
   In almost two decades of writing and performing his songs, Matthews – winner of the Christian music’s Dove Award and ASCAP’s Christian Song of the Year – has emerged as one of Christian music’s most prolific songwriters.  Of his more than 60 cuts by major artists of disparate genres, he has penned such well-known songs as “If You Want Me To,” recorded by Ginny Owens; “Everything and Nothing,” recorded by Vince Gill; “One and the Same,” recorded by Cece Winans;  “God Forbid,” recorded by Point of Grace; and “Been Thru the Water,” which he recorded.
   Matthews is also recognized as a speaker who blends the Christian message with music.  Both are a reflection of his deeper commitment to sound theology and spiritual health.  Part of his mission is to motivate people to serve others in a way that allows them to meet Christ in “the least of these.”  In that endeavor, he has served with the Wherry Project, a transitional housing ministry near Nashville, and he currently serves on the board for Hand Up Africa, a nonprofit organization sending road paving and farming equipment to the people Uganda.
   In 2006, his alma mater, Furman University, awarded him the Richard Furman Baptist Heritage Award recognizing “a graduate who reflects Baptist ideals by thinking critically, living compassionately and making life-changing commitments.”
   Matthews lives in Greenville, SC, with his wife and two children.
   Rutherfordton First Baptist is located at 246 N. Main St., Rutherfordton.  Main Street is US Hwy 221, which runs south of I-40 in Marion and north of I-85 in Spartanburg.
   For more information, call the church at 828-286-9047.
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