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Judy Taylor

Judi Taylor

Judi Taylor is married to our “sound specialist” Jim Taylor. She has one son and two grandchildren. Judi was saved at central baptist church in Alcoa. Her favorite pastime is singing southern gospel!

Jim Chapman - Lead

Jim Chapman

Jim sings lead and is married to his wife Susan. Together they have two daughters, Rebekah Chapman and Sarah Lunsford. He has been singing with the Foothills Quartet since March 2002.

He was saved when he was nine years old at Clark’s Grove Cumberland Presbyterian Church in Maryville, TN. He is a member of New Hope Baptist Church in Maryville, TN. Jim has a passion for ministry and praises the Lord for how He is blessing the Foothills Quartet.

Burl Ferguson - Baritone

Burl Ferguson

Burl Ferguson sings Baritone and was saved when he was eight years old. His father was a Baptist preacher. He has been in music ministry for more than 20 years. He sang with Crimson Quartet, Cords Quartet and Shiloh Quartet. He has been married to Deborah for 38 years. They have two children and three grandchildren. Deborah and Burl are members at Red Bank Baptist Church in Sevierville, TN. Burl shares “ Thank you Foothills Quartet for allowing my wife and I to serve with you. My heart’s desire has always been to see souls saved for the Kingdom of God through the ministry of music.”

David Duckett - Bass

David Duckett

David Joined The Foothills Quartet in October of 2010 as their bass singer.  He is married to his wife, Pat and they have two children and three grandchildren.  David has served in various ministries for over 35 years but has always had a heart for Southern Gospel Music. He was saved when he was 12 years old at Central Baptist Church in Alcoa, and his desire is to be in the center of God’s will and to see souls saved.

Larry Smelcer - Pianist

Larry Smelcer

Larry is The Foothills Quartet’s pianist.  He is married to Ronna, the group’s bass guitarist.  They have one daughter and three grandchildren. He is a member of Central Point Baptist Church in Rockford, TN.  Larry is an original member of the Foothills Quartet and a former pianist for Glory Quartet and Good News Quartet.

His hobbies include fishing and camping. Larry was saved at Laurel Bank Baptist Church in Alynwick.

Ronna Smelcer - Bass Guitar

Ronna Smelcer

Ronna plays bass guitar for the group. She is married to Larry, The Foothills Quartet’s pianist. Together they have one child and three grandchildren. She too is an original member of the Foothills Quartet.  Ronna is also a member at Central Point Baptist Church in Rockford, TN and she is now retired from the Blount County School System.

Richard Lunsford - Rhythm Guitar

Richard Lunsford

Richard is the group’s rhythm guitar player.  He is married to Martha and they are members at Tarklin Valley Baptist Church in Knoxville, TN.  He played nine years with the Reneau Family in Knoxville before joining the Foothills Quartet in June 2009. Richard has an amazing testimony of God’s healing and restoration.  He thanks God for his salvation and how the Lord has worked in his life.

Jim Taylor

Jim Taylor is the Audio Engineer for The Foothills Quartet.  His job consists of maintaining a careful audio balance for the group.  He has been “running sound” and providing technical assistance for gospel groups and churches since the 1980’s.  Jim also enjoys motorcycling and spending time with his wife, Judi and their grandson, Joshua.

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