DGQ Ministries is a non-profit, tax exempt 501(c),(3) Christian ministry that uses music as a tool in the delivery of the gospel of Jesus Christ as described in the apostle Paul's letter to the church in Ephesus. Written from prison approximately 60 years after the death and resurrection of Jesus, Paul exhorts the church to (Ephesians 5:1)"be imitators of God, as beloved children"; (5:19) "speaking to one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody with your heart to the Lord." In the early summer of 2004 Jackie Snider organized a group of 4 men as The Dignity Memorial Singers. These men worked together at a Houston funeral home and agreed to assist Jackie in her efforts to assist individuals who were reconciling their lives in the midst of the loss of a loved one. Jackie's efforts were aligned with the community outreach efforts of the sponsoring organization Dignity Memorial providers of funeral, cemetery, and cremation services throughout the United States and Canada. The support organization's name is L.I.F.T. and it continues it's mission today under Jackie's leadership. By the fall of the year in which The Dignity Memorial Singers started they were on the verge of disbanding due to the loss of 2 of the 4 members who had moved from the area. In an effort to keep the group (that had long been the dream of Jackie) together she approached long-time friend and acquaintance Russell Allen and asked for his help. Russell had many years of experience in the music ministry of several churches and his personal ministry with quartets, choirs, and most recently with long-time friend and highly accomplished Christian vocalist Jorja Jackson Clemson. Russell agreed to sing and manage the group until Jackie could find someone to take it over. In addition to helping Jackie it turned out to be a great way for Russell to obey God's calling on his life to carry the gospel in the talent given to him. In the following 4 years the group became and is one of the most requested bookings of Southern Gospel concerts in the Greater Houston area, often performing 40-50 concerts each year. In 2009 the group changed their name to Dignity Gospel Quartet for two reasons: To avoid any potential for conflict with the registered trademark of Dignity Memorial who was, and remains a great source of support; and to better communicate their commitment to minister instead of simply providing entertainment. In 2012 Dignity Gospel Quartet enhanced its ministry's reach by initiating the production of The Greater Houston Area Gospel Songfest. Through that effort that now consists of 5 concerts each year combining the ministry of Dignity Gospel Quartet with the ministries of nationally recognized gospel music artists. Additionally DGQ Ministries officially organized as a non-profit, tax exempt Christian ministry for the operation of Dignity Gospel Quartet's ministry in keeping with the mission these men are called. No funds or resources of this ministry inure to the benefit of any individuals unless used expressly for the ministry's stated purpose. DGQ Ministries is governed by a Ministry Board of Directors who oversee and direct the ministry of Dignity Gospel Quartet. Dignity Gospel Quartet is comprised of Wally Shuttlesworth, baritone vocalist and only founding member of the quartet; Russell Allen, bass vocalist; Josh Flynn, lead vocalist; and Clint Hebert, tenor vocalist. Jackie Snider remains the group's booking coordinator (and biggest fan). When asked, the group will tell you that their purpose is very simple, to proclaim the gospel and love of Jesus Christ and bring joy to all they meet.