I can remember as a boy sitting on the tractor in Seneca Missouri (just outside Joplin), Bushhoggin' my Uncle's field. Nothing to do but sit and dodge yellow jackets and listen to a muffler that needed to be replaced. So I sang (at the top of my lungs) but I sang. I don't know how many people could hear me, but a few did. I wasn't serving the Lord then nor did I for many years after that. I went into the Army and then I married my High School sweetheart-Paula Buening. We were blessed with a beautiful baby girl and after the Army we moved to Oregon. There our son was born. Paula started going to church with the kids and I fought them all the way. Well, you can't stop a prayin' woman and soon I found myself in church with them. Not long after I gave my heart to the Lord, I sat one evening in my bedroom and pondered and prayed, 'Lord there must be something I can do with all this music bottled up inside me.' Almost immediately the Lord gave me a song. A few days later our Pastor asked me to sing at a New Year's eve watch service. In 1982 we moved again to Prineville, Oregon. Right smack dab in the middle of the state where Paula and I started Pastoring. Again music played a vital role. We are a very musical church and have given many many people an opportunity to be somebody in Christ and serve him. It takes a special woman to be a Pastor's wife and a musician's wife too. Paula is that, a very special woman. Always there for me to reassure me build me up, love me and smile at me-I love you baby. In 1993 I recorded my first album here in Central Oregon, The Same Yesterday, Today and Forever. The record did fairly well for someone who didn't get out and promote it. Today, it is still selling very well. Then in July of 2005, I recorded Walk With Me. This time I went to Gene Breeden Studio in Nashville, TN. Wow what a wonderful group of people. Today both albums are complimenting each other and selling very well. On my first album, I was privileged to have my daughter (Shelly) and son (Brian) sing along with me and Shelly played piano for me. What a blessing to sing with your children. Today we have three (4) beautiful grand-girls Alyssa (13) Rylie (10) and Quinci and Danner (1). They all sing with Grandpa. Rylie and Alyssa were the inspiration for the song Walk With Me. Those girls have taught me so much, I should be so blessed. Currently today, we have 4 albums three of them recorded in Nashville. You can get a sound byte of each song from my Web Site Ronhemphill.net. We are still writing new songs and we have plans for a Christmas Album. We broke into the top 100 in June of this year and presently my song God Still Cares the first track on my Walk With Me Album is #74 on the Southern Gospel Charts and # 8 on the Christian Country Charts. Since giving my heart to the Lord, there has been no turning back. Why would I want to go back to Egypt. I am looking forward toward the Cross. I only want to live my life for Jesus. To serve him and make him known. My music is a tool. I am so thankful that God has entrusted me with these songs, with the ability to sing and play a guitar. My life is so full, Thank you Lord. What does the future hold, only God knows. But when he returns, I want to be found serving Him and pickin' my guitar some place and singing his praises. Ron Hemphill.