Summer Concert Series July 21---Fireproof Band (Contemporary Christian Pop)


Fireproof UMC was formed at an annual planning meeting of the United Methodist Church of Gillespie in 2012. A praise band ministry was one of the topics discussed, and on the hearts of musicians in the church. Consisting of long time area musicians; Gay Farrar-keyboards/vocals, Phil Claro-guitar/vocals, Jeff Nehls-guitar/vocals, Jim Allen-bass/sound and Jim Savant-drums/vocals and featuring vocalists Allison Beckett, Edie Friese and Deanna Claro. Inspired by Christian radio like Joy FM, Fireproof UMC plays contemporary Christian pop, their mission is to make a joyful noise for God.

The Summer Concert Series is provided by members of the Coal Country Chamber of Commerce.  Sponsors who have donated funds to provide this entertainment  are:  Carlinville Area Hospital; COUNTRY® Financial of Gillespie - Tina Olroyd, Financial Representative; Dairy Queen of Gillespie; Farmer’s Insurance, Adam Tallman, Agent; FNB - Benld Banking Center;  Furniture Rescue of Gillespie; Hicks Maytag Home Appliance Center of Gillespie; Michelle’s Pharmacy of Gillespie;  Quality Flooring of Gillespie; State Farm of Benld/Gillespie - Jessica Ely Agent;  Sullivan Drugs, Inc.;  and United Community Bank of Gillespie. 

 Other Chamber members whose services help to provide the Concert Series are:  1st BancFinancial - Greg Craine, Agent; the City of Benld; Drew Ford;  Gina Gucciardo, CPA of Gillespie; Goodman Real Estate & Insurance of Benld; Hebenstreit Apartments Benld; Macoupin County Journal Publications; Madison Communications;  Papa JoDanni’s Catering; Jodanni’s Amore’ Restaurant of Benld; Reid’s Service - Heating and Cooling;  Roma’s Pizza of Gillespie;  WSMI AM/FM &WAOX Radio. 

Anyone having questions or seeking more information on the Summer Concert Series may contact Co-chair Mickey Robinson at 217-710-5218.  Information on the concerts and other Chamber activities can be seen on the  Coal Country Chamber of Commerce on Facebook so that you will see further announcements about our events.