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12/6/2017 12:21:00 AM
Heart 2 Heart To Perform Dec. 9
Living Word Ministries is place to be
The members of Heart 2 Heart, Deana Kiser, Rhonda House and David Kiser, are performing many concerts at local and area churches. They are seen below during a recent performance. Theirs is a mission to preach the Word of God in song.
(Photos Courtesy Laura Taylor)

The members of Heart 2 Heart, Deana
Kiser, Rhonda House and David Kiser,
are performing many concerts at
local and area churches. They are seen
below during a recent performance.
Theirs is a mission to preach
the Word of God in song.

(Photos Courtesy Laura Taylor)

The Carolina Quartet (above) will also appear with Heart 2 Heart.
(Contributed Photo)

The Carolina Quartet (above) will also
appear with Heart 2 Heart.

(Contributed Photo)

Lincoln Herald Staff

STANLEY, N.C.––Stanley’s own Heart 2 Heart will perform Dec. 9 at Living Word Ministries in Lowesville for Living Word’s Christmas Concert.

The gospel greats will have a concert that Saturday at 6 p.m. Also appearing will be the Carolina Quartet, according to Living Word’s concert co-ordinator, Carroll Cooke. The concert is free, as Cooke noted, but a free-will offering will be taken up.

Heart 2 Heart is comprised of David and Deana Kiser and Rhonda House. The trio is very popular and is gaining quite a following, as Cooke recently said.

“You will love Heart 2 Heart, and they will love you back!” he enthused. “Their love for Our Lord is something special, and you will be able to feel His presence as they sing.”

Mr. Kiser co-founded Heart 2 Heart in 1998. He recently offered more details about the group and its members, including his former high school sweetheart, now his wife of more than two decades.

Mrs. Kiser is a Belmont native. She attended East Gaston High School and completed several studies through the Institute of Financial Education.

She comes from a deep-rooted Christian family with a history of music and ministry. Her parents traveled in ministry for many years while she was growing up. She and her siblings were raised on the road, and she has never forgotten the deep roots of Southern gospel music that were instilled in her as a young child. 

“It was nothing out of the ordinary for you to hear voices of family harmony and guitar strings strumming Southern gospel tunes, most every evening after supper, during camping trips by the campfire and during family gatherings,” as Mrs. Kiser recently recalled.

Some of her fondest memories include the times when neighbors, friends and strangers were drawn to the sounds of her family singing and playing praises to Jesus. And today, touching people through gospel music is a legacy that she is honored to carry on.

Mrs. Kiser enjoys spending time with her family; traveling; long conversations and a cup of coffee with friends; and watching an Atlanta Braves baseball game with her husband or enjoying romantic getaways with him. On any given day, she will choose the mountains over the beach. When not on the road ministering, she enjoys the porch of a log cabin, taking in the cool air and enjoying a beautiful mountain view.

As for Mr. Kiser, he is a Charlotte native who attended high school at Paw Creek Christian Academy. He later attended East Coast Bible College.

Like his wife, Mr. Kiser also comes from a deeply Christian family and background. At a very young age, he began singing gospel music in his local church. He has enjoyed more than a quarter-century of ministry and has held numerous positions in local churches and other ministry opportunities.

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He has a long list of accomplishments in management and leadership training, both in the work place and in ministry. He enjoys new business endeavors; helping people; and creating new and exciting avenues for advancement. He now owns and manages Heart 2 Heart and handles its scheduling. He oversees recordings and road management, and he serves as master of ceremonies during concerts.

Mr. Kiser is also an ordained minister. He holds credentials through the Redemption Ministerial Fellowship International in the Pentecostal Holiness Church. When not singing, he also enjoys playing softball and basketball; running; working out at the gym; firearms training; and working on cars.


A calling at an early age

Also one of the original members of Heart 2 Heart, House was exposed to Southern Gospel Music at a very early age.

Her parents often took her to all-night gospel concerts in Charlotte, which left an indelible mark on her. Growing up, House played and sang along with albums by the LeFevres, the Downings and the Talleys. She vowed that one day she, too, would sing in a gospel group.

At the young age of 8, House began singing with her parents at Little Rock Pentecostal Holiness Church in Lowell, where her father was the pastor for 13 years. At 17, she formed a ladies’ trio, A New Beginning, within the church. She also led the church’s praise-and-worship services.

In 1988, House also helped form the group, Sounds of Praise. They released four albums during their five-year tenure. House then took a break from Heart 2 Heart and in 2003, joined a Shelby-based family group, Providence. She spent the next six years traveling with them. Then in January, 2011, she received a call to re-join Heart 2 Heart Ministries, and she has been traveling and ministering with them since.

House resides in Belmont, with her husband, Jimmy. He is also a vital part of the ministry.

Mrs. House summed up the joy of being in Heart 2 Heart.

“We’re all excited to be in ministry together,” she said, “and we know that all roads have led to this time and place. God’s timing is perfect!”

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