BARNUM - Gospel singer Craig Kruse, of Council Bluffs will minister at 6:30 p.m. on May 14 at By the Grace of God Church in Barnum.
Refreshments will be served in the church fellowship hall following the service. There is no admission, but a freewill offering will be accepted to support his ministry in song. It is open to the public.
Kruse sings inspirational songs and hymns. His ministry shares the love of Jesus Christ through his music.
He attends Southside Christian Church in Council Bluffs. Back in the mid-1970s, he sang with a rock-and-roll band in Des Moines, and sang solos in church on Sundays.
He said he felt God was calling him to do more, but he felt inadequate and self-conscious about his abilities. He found excuses - a wife and family to take care of, a new job, a new home, a new community. Finally, he no longer felt that calling.
In 2003, Kruse and his wife, Annette, started working with a concert ministry at their church, and as they worked to bring in various Gospel groups, he started to feel the calling again. The more time he spent working with those groups, the stronger the call became.
Finally, that fall, he borrowed a sound system and began putting a program together, first singing one song, then two or three, as an opening act for some of the groups that they were bringing in.
His style varies from Southern gospel to light country, inspirational to Big Band. He was a finalist for the 2009 Horizon Vocalist Award presented by the Branson Gospel Singer/Songwriter Association, and is an occasional guest on the "Glenn and Sue Phillips and the Country Church Band" show at the Little Opry Theatre in Branson.
He has recorded two CDs.