The Wasepi Bluegrass Gospel Singers





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Rod Zehr Memorial

Our Style is Bluegrass - Our Message is the Gospel



We have been singing since 1974. We started by singing in our home church. At the time it was "The Wasepi Mennoite Chapel", Wasepi, Michigan, and by the home folks we were simply called the Wasepi Singers. Then other churches and organizations began calling us to sing and thus began the Wasepi Bluegrass Gospel Singers. From the beginning, we have tried to promote the Gospel and make that our goal. Our services include singing, testifying, and the joy of the Lord. 

Jack Stauffer



Jack Stauffer - Banjo, Dobro, Guitar

Eric Cowles - Fiddle, Mandolin, Guitar

Stephen Cowles -  Flat top Guitar

Jim Hoyt - Doghouse Bass

Pat Mertaugh  - Dobro & 5 String Banjo 

Tim Rigterink - Sound, Recording

Our wives take care of the product tables,

making sure that we change our socks every so often,

and patching our wounds from time to time :)

  Thank God for them.



We now have 2 former Gibson Guitar Corp. employees in our group. Pat Mertaugh, and James Brown. They are wonderful singers and musicians. We now have 3 banjo players, (one plays claw hammer style), 2 guitar players, (Steve and James are excellent at the thumb-style picking and all are flattop pickers),  2 fiddle players (sometimes twin fiddles are in order), 2 dobro players, one is Pro and one (me :-) is not. An excellent mandolin player, and 2 fantastic (doghouse) bass players, (Melvin McCauley and Jim Hoyt) and all are wonderful Christians. Unfortunately we can hardly ever all get together at the same time.



  Joe Medsker, who had been a regular with the Wasepi's for 3 years passed away suddenly on Monday, January 11, 2016 at his home. He is surely missed.

  Eric's father, Aaron Cowles passed away on December 11th 2013. He will be missed by all, especially his wife, Sandy. But, the Bible tells us that to be absent from the body is to be present with the Lord. We rejoice in that promise.

  Eric's brother, Steve Cowles has come on board to help out with the guitar and other instruments.

  My Father, Freeman (Ole Uncle Josh) Stauffer, a founder of the group passed away on Sept 1st 2010.

   Rod Zehr, a starting member, passed away on November 28th, 2004

  My Uncle Don Stauffer, also one of the founders of our group, passed away on March 26th, 2014.   Time keeps marching on and loved ones go on to be with Jesus.