The Faithful Men Choir is composed of mission-minded men on fire for God who want to share the love of Christ through song. They rehearse weekly and present their music at local churches and area revivals. Every other year, the group travels to Latvia on a mission trip where they support the local Methodist Churches.

You are welcome to come and sit in on a rehearsal. At Fairview, we seek to praise God with all that we have and all that we are.

We practice on Sundays at 3:00 pm in the Chapel.

Need more info?

Wesley Rouse, Minister of Music
865-983-2080
wrouse@fairview-umc.org

More about Latvia

After much prayerful consideration, the Faithful Men Choir began their mission service and every other year trips to Latvia in 2000. According to Minister of Music Wesley Rouse, the group felt led to take a mission trip. They talked about several places, but after months of prayer the decision was made to go to Latvia and help our sister church there.

faithfulmenThe Faithful Men work throughout the year singing at community events and local church revivals all leading up to their Latvia trip every other year. With the help of a young woman who ministers to the children and youth in Latvia, many of the songs the group sings have been translated into the native language. A small group of men go a week ahead of the larger group to work on special projects at 2nd United Methodist Church in Riga. While in Latvia the men sing in churches, nursing homes, cultural centers, the women’s prison and the Christian school. One of the Fairview pastors usually goes along on the trip to preach to the people who attend the concerts.

About Latvia

Riga, located at the estuary of the Daugava River, where it flows into the Gulf of Riga, is the capital of Latvia. With a population of 900,000 within its 300 square-kilometers, it is the largest city in the Baltic States. It is also the Baltic’s biggest industrial, financial and transport center.

But there is more to Riga than offices and factories. The medieval Old Town, dating from the 13th century with its church towers, ancient houses and cobbled streets, is fascinating and beautiful. Brick houses and warehouses survive from middle Ages, and many other buildings were rebuilt during the 19th century.

Riga was formally founded in 1201 by German Bishop Albert of Bremen. Some historians believe the city’s name was taken from a Germanized version of “rija”, the Latvian word for barn. Over the years Riga became an important port city, a center for trade and manufacturing. The governance of the city has changed hands numerous times over the years. From the 13th to the 16th century it was the most important city in Livonia. From the late 16th through the 17th century it belonged first to Poland, then to Sweden. In the 18th century it fell under control of the Russian empire. Today, Riga is the capital of the independent Republic of Latvia.

Latvia is a story of courage, suffering and hope where there once was no hope. This is a story of a country sad in its loss, but working on a future completely, and lovingly, built around its children. Latvia is the best example of the resilience of the human spirit. The focus is clearly on providing a secure, spiritual, educated future for its children. Nearly all their emerging social programs are geared to supporting the development of the children.