BRUTUS -- Maple River Mennonite Church hosts gospel vocalist, pianist and composer, Rod Elrod, at 11 a.m. Sunday, July 29.
Elrod showed an interest in music at a very early age, taking piano lessons when he was 5 years old. At age 14, he started playing for church services. By age 17, he was playing with gospel quartets such as The Templeaires and the Calvarymen Quartet, in the Michigan area.
Later, Elrod organized the nationally recognized gospel trio, Sons of Songs. With many of his own compositions recorded, he became a musical guest at churches throughout the United States and Canada.
Elrod has shared the stage with artists such as Bill Gaither, The Oak Ridge Boys and Singing Canadians.
Elrod attributes his musical success to his Heavenly Father for the gift of music, and to his earthly father who encouraged him to keep playing and singing for the Lord. Maple River Mennonite Church is located at 3834 Euclid St. in Brutus.