Mission Summary

Justin Pryor has been taking his Elvis Gospel Concerts to churches all over the Carolinas.  His booming Elvis like voice has brought him many favorable comparisons to the late Elvis Pressley.  “I am not trying to be or replace Elvis, but I do think that Elvis left us some great Gospel music that still resonates today,” says Justin.  The large crowds, that turns out whenever Justin sings is verification of that.  Most churches that do have Justin come and do a modest amount of advertising experience large numbers of visitors.  This is a ministry opportunity for the host church to reach out to the un-churched of the community and reconnect to long lost members.  Some churches have experienced 60% of the audience as visitors.  Doesn’t your church need that kind of a boost to generate visitation leads?  

For events in the fellowship hall, nursing homes, and other events, Justin can do Elvis pop hits, love songs and favorites, but always closing with Elvis Gospel.


 The concept of this ministry is to reach people who might not otherwise be willing to come to church or listen to a sermon. The purpose is not to glorify Elvis Presley but to use his music to share the message of Christ. Someone may walk through the church doors simply because they are a fan of Elvis and his music, but it gives me an opportunity to share with them a little about the spiritual side of Elvis. My performance will hopefully not just be entertainment,  but make listeners curious to learn more about the Gospel.  Visitors mayl feel comfortable enough to return to the church where the pastor and others will have the opportunity to teach them more about Christ.

 Although most people have been supportive, I realize some will not approve of what I am doing.  Some say Elvis led an immoral lifestyle and should not be spoken of positively from the pulpit.  Elvis certainly was not perfect.  He was flawed as we all are.  However, unlike us, Elvis’s shortcomings were broadcast to the whole world.  It is easy for critics to point out Elvis’s failings, but it is unlikely that any of us will ever know the temptations Elvis had to face.  No one can be sure how well they would have stayed on the straight and narrow path if they had to walk in Elvis’s shoes, so we need to be careful about passing judgment.

 The Old Testament reveals that even David sometimes strayed from God.  During those times, he committed some terrible sins.  Yet, the Bible also tells us that David was beloved by God. Despite his flaws, God was still able to use him to do great things.  Likewise, even though Elvis Presley may have sometimes stumbled in his spiritual journey, I believe that God can still use his music to draw people to Him.  

 Justin Pryor

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