History of Jammin' for Jesus
Something special happened during the spring of 1998. A Sunday afternoon gospel sing was scheduled to conclude the week's Branson Fest activities. An army of Branson stars took to the stage with a mass choir in the background, and two hours of spiritually energized gospel music was presented. The event was the birth of the popular "Jammin' for Jesus" programs.
After Bill Brooks and Barbara Fairchild, the first person to catch the vision of something great was Phyllis Rotrock. It didn't take long for Phyllis to take charge and, with the help of Larry Wilhite, brought the first "Jammin for Jesus" to reality. The first Jammin' was held at Mutton Hollow theme park and drew over 800 people. Since then, thousands have attended the monthly sing as well as all night sings. Bill, Barbara, Larry, Randy Brooks and Ray Burdette were instrumental in making it grow with their talents in the early years.
The purpose of Jammin' was to encourage gospel singers to continue their ministries of music. The free admissions with a monetary donation or a product benefited hundreds of charities. The Theaters received a love offering. Brashler's Theater was the main stage for a full house (800) for many years. Many volunteers were instrumental in the success of Jammin' for Jesus monthly all- night concerts and festivals.
Phyllis Rotrock says, " producing Jammin' for Jesus for 22 years was very rewarding, the blessings were amazing!!"
Sheila Meeker and Brian Pendergrass become the producers in 2022.