Derek is the founder and host of Joy In The House. He is a committed follower of Jesus and a lover of gospel music. Derek’s stated purpose for Joy In The House is to promote ministries that are serious about spreading the gospel of Jesus Christ. Derek grew singing gospel around the piano with his family. His mother, an accomplished pianist, was his inspiration to sing. He has always been lover of music that honors the Savior. Derek is a licensed minister and has a desire to see the gospel spread. He is married to Jana and they have two boys, Daniel and Avery. Derek is also the baritone vocalist for Liberty Quartet of Meridian, ID. Joy In The House is an extension of Simonis Ministries. Find out more about Liberty Quartet at www.LibertyQuartet.com. Find out more about Derek and Jana at www.SimonisMinistries.com.
Charlie Sexton from Austell, GA is an accomplished pianist, and producer. He was instrumental in promoting the extremely popular Red Back Hymnal Singings that began in the Atlanta area in 2009. He traveled professionally with Liberty from Cumming, GA and Brenda Robinson & New Desire from Cedartown, GA. He owns Sweet Creek CD Duplication Services, and loves to dabble in Graphic Arts and Television Production. Charlie was nominated for an Emmy (R) in 2008 for a documentary that he helped produce for Kennesaw State University. Charlie has often been called ‘Southern Gospel Music’s Best Friend’ by many of the industry’s leaders. He wears that title well. He makes a tremendous addition to Joy In The House! Find out more about Charlie at www.sweetcreekpromotions.com.
Jon Leighton grew up in both a pastor’s and evangelist’s home. At the age of four years he accepted Christ as his Savior, and answered the call to ministry at age eight. . Beginning at age thirteen, Jon served as the music minister at his home church in Indiana, traveled with school ministry teams, and spent his summers serving on staff at youth camp in Kentucky. After graduating high school, Jon went full-time on the road with various evangelistic and music ministry teams while pursuing a degree in ministry via correspondence.
Jon has a passion for leadership; and desires to see the church-united grow deep in faith and wide in influence. This goal is accomplished through engaging, expositional Biblical preaching, intense discipleship, and extensive evangelism. Find out more about Jon at www.JonLeighton.me.
Joy In The House is an extension of Simonis Ministries.