SEBRING, Fla.—The Collegians Quartet from Baptist Bible College sang a series of concerts in Florida churches, reuniting a group that began singing together in 1974. The four men are now in full-time ministries, but try to get together every few years to sing. The reunion tour included stops at Maranatha Baptist Church, Sebring; Southside Baptist, Sebring; and Bethany Baptist, Avon Park.
The quartet includes Bill Glenn, pastor of First Baptist Church, Delphi, Ind. (first tenor); Lee Kliewer, assistant seminary dean of Baptist Bible Seminary (lead); Dan Parker, music pastor of First Baptist Church, Elyria, Ohio (baritone); and Chuck Pausley, pastor of Bethany Baptist Church, Avon Park, Fla. (bass). They sang a program of 18 selections including “My Tribute,” “Welcome Home Children,” “Day of Judgment,” and “He Died for Us.”
“I came in to BBC as a transfer student and the other three guys were all freshmen,” Pastor Pausley says. “They had sung together at Teen Leadership Conference the summer before they came to school. We sang together three years, 1974‑76, then I got married the last year and it curtailed my traveling.”
Over the years the quartet has picked up a few reunion gigs, such as Jim Jeffery’s presidential inauguration at BBC and the 2007 GARBC Conference in Lancaster, Pa. But Pastor Pausley says the quartet does not have any plans to issue any CDs of the reunion tour. “We’d sell five copies. To each other. Maybe.”
“We were all in each other’s weddings, roommates in school, and are still best friends today,” Pausley said. “Pretty special.”