Douglas E. Veal, born December 29, 1954 in Oakland, California. I am a member of LifePointe Church of God in East Cottondale. I have enjoyed Southern Gospel music since the age of six, when I started helping lead singing at our local church. I lived with my grandparents most of my life and was taken to church by my grandmother.
I graduated from Holt High School in 1973, and have received a Diploma in Data Processing, Cosmetology (also State Licensed), and have taken most of the Microsoft Programming.
I started singing with a group by chance at a Revival in Brilliant Alabama, when I was asked to sing one night. They played for me and backed me up, thus starting the group called The Sounds of Praise. It consisted of Ms. Patsy Glasgow Maharrey, her daughter Cynthia Gay Glasgow, piano player Dennis Oliver from West Point Ms., and myself. We sang from 1971 until the later part of 2008. We traveled many miles and our last year of singing we were booked solid.
I am so glad that God has allowed me start back doing his work in the ministry of song. God has been and is still my entire life and it's my desire to work for him until he calls me home, or He returns after his children. God bless you!
Virgil Williams - Lead / Baritone
Virgil started singing at a young age while singing with family at various get-togethers. After accepting the Lord in 1987 he desired to sing for Jesus. Him and his sisters formed a local group The Rejoicers where they shared the gospel in song to local churches. In 2002 he briefly had a solo ministry at which time he wrote and recorded 2 songs. After running from this calling for several years he finally decided to allow God to have complete control of his life and that’s when God laid Promised Land on his heart and he is now doing whatever God leads him to do. Virgil is married to Stacy Williams and they have 2 children. Colby and Lauren Richardson. Together they serve God in their home church of Mount Olive Baptist in Coker Al . They reside in Fosters Al . They love Alabama sports but more than that they love Jesus and serving Him.
Favorite Bible Verse - Romans 8: 38-39 38 -For I am convinced that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor things present, nor things to come, nor powers, nor height, nor depth, nor any other created thing, will be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.
Favorite singing group: Gold City , Casting Crown, Brian Free and Assurance
Singing influences: Ivan Parker, Squire Parsons, Guy Penrod