Bontrager Family Singers

Published June 13, 2016 by Diane in Uncategorized



Who Are We: We live on a farm in the Midwest, and we love working and singing

together!  We say that we have two lives, and really we do.  Life #1 is touring North

America in our 45 foot bus and doing concerts.  In Life #2, we work hard on a livestock

and crop farm where we milk cows, garden, plant and harvest crops, and pack and

unpack while we try to transition to or from Life #1.  We love living all together in one

(not huge) house and we are each other’s best friends.


The Ministry: Our reason for traveling and singing is to share the love of Jesus.  We

want to tell others what Jesus has done for us and what He can do for them.  We are

also passionate about encouraging families to be strong in the Lord and to love one

another.  It is God who has called us to this ministry, and we endeavor to shine His light

wherever we go.  We sing at churches, festivals, camps, resorts, prisons, nursing

homes, and street missions.


The Style: We sing Gospel songs of many different genres- hymns, praise songs,

Southern Gospel, and more.  We provide the instrumentation live using piano, acoustic

bass guitar, violins, banjo, acoustic guitar, mandolin, and harmonica.  Our style is varied

and doesn’t fit neatly into any category, but you could probably call us a

bluegrass/Southern Gospel mix.


How We Got Started: People often ask us how and when we started singing.  Way

back when the kids were little, we sang together at family devotions.  There weren’t

multiple harmonies or instruments back then- just Becky’s guitar and a handful of

voices.  As the children got older, we decided to start music lessons.  As they learned to

play instruments, Becky began to take them to nursing homes to share their music with

the residents.  At some point, Marlin decided the whole family would go to the local

Salvation Army soup kitchen to sing and play.  Over a few years, we went there various

times and were privileged to share with those dear people.  One day in 2005, we were

contacted about sharing music in South Carolina prisons.  We put together a short

program of songs and headed for South Carolina!  Going into the prisons was a

wonderful experience for all of us, and we knew we wanted to do it again.  For the next

several years, we made the trip down south, adding a few more concerts in churches

along the way every time.  In 2008 we were gone for three weeks and after that we

started traveling much more than previously, going on a longer Southern tour and

adding other trips throughout the year.  By 2011 we spent as much time on the road as

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