about-the-specks

About The Specks

For more than 40 years, Mike and Faye Speck have been singing and ministering to the body of Christ. Over 3000 churches, large and small, of various denominations have personally experienced their compelling presentation of the gospel. As an ordained minister and former pastor, Mike has a deep love for the local church. He has served on the staff of six different churches throughout Michigan, Tennessee, Oklahoma, Arkansas, Virginia and North Carolina. He has served as minister of music for the late Dr. Jerry Falwell at Thomas Road Baptist Church, Lynchburg, (1999-2000) and is currently the Associate Pastor of Worship at First Baptist Church Indian Trail under Pastor Mike Whitson. During the eighties and nineties, as a result of their city wide evangelistic crusades, Mike and Faye began writing and arranging music for church choirs. Today, thousands of churches regularly use their choral collections. They have arranged and compiled twenty-seven different choral books. Twelve of these collections are published by Word Music, of which many are the top sellers for their company. They are currently partnered with Lillenas Music, a subsidiary of the Nazarene Publishing House and have continued to be one of the top sellers in the choral music industry. Over the years, The Specks have had the privilege of traveling with many different vocalists as part of the Mike Speck Ministries team. These personalities and varied life experiences have given a refreshing and unique style to their concert appearances. Currently, their daughter Melody VanNus is singing the soprano vocals for The Specks. Melody was one of the original members of the trio until leaving to go to college and later get married. She and her husband Matt live in Lebanon TN and have two children Camren age four-teen, and Emerald age twelve. Involving the congregation, while utilizing the church choir and church musicians, The Specks offer an opportunity for those attending to be blessed and join in worship.

From Mike

“My desire is to touch a person in the deepest part of their heart…to somehow cause an emotional stirring that results in an intellectual choice to embrace the claims of Christ. I am convinced that lyric set to music can reach the innermost recesses of a person’s soul. The songs we sing and those I have arranged for the choir are for this purpose. Although our methods and style may change, man’s basic need is still the same: to experience and know the Heavenly Father in intimate fellowship. I believe Christ is our only door, the only way to experience and know the love of God. The Specks are humble vessels for God to use as He chooses. It is our prayer that He would let us open the door of many hearts that He might accomplish His healing, His mending and His cleansing.”

Mike Speck Ministries History

Although the trio sound has always centered around Mike and Faye, several different vocalist have joined them through the years. Here is a list in chronological order.

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  • 1973-1976 Kaye Peltier
  • 1977-1978 Sharon Hungerford
  • 1979-1988 Mike and Faye as a duet
  • 1988-1991 Mike, Faye and Melody Speck
  • 1992-1996 Jeanie Cameron
  • 1997-1998 Tammira Daugherty
  • 1997-1998 Tim Parton
  • 1998-2001 Milena Parks
  • 1998-1999 Nic Holland
  • 2001-2003 Rachael Snider
  • 2003-2005 Katie VanHorn
  • 2003-2004 Nic Holland
  • 2005-2008 Stacie Caraway
  • 2008-current Melody Speck/VanNus

Fact Sheet

Choral Collections

Everlasting Praise 4 2014
We Believe 2012
Everlasting Praise 3 2011 Dove Award Winner! 2012
Down From His Glory 2011 Dove Award Winner! 2012
Tell Somebody 2009
Everlasting Praise 2 2009 Dove Nominee 2010
The Name 2009
Heaven 2007 Dove Nominee 2008
Redeemed 2007
He Is To Me 2006
The Heart Of Christmas 2005
Everlasting Praise 2004
For The Glory Of Christ 2004
Safe Thus Far 2003
The Love Of Jesus 2003 Dove Nominee 2004
Christmas Is Jesus 2002 Dove Nominee 2003
The Church Will Remain 2001
Marching To Zion 2000 Dove Nominee 2001
I Believe It All 1999 Dove Nominee 2000
Timeless Praise 1999 Dove Nominee 1999
Testify 1998 Dove Nominee 1999
It’s Still The Cross 1997 Dove Nominee 1998
You’re Still Lord 1996
He Still Reigns 1995 Dove Nominee 1996
Something To Shout About 1993
Changed By The Power 1991
Jesus Is Alive 1989
Go Tell 1986

Recordings:

Tell Somebody – 2010

  • In the Morning Light
  • Lift Up The Cross
  • What We Needed

Everlasting Praise 2 – 2009

  • In Christ Alone
  • Top of my Lungs
  • Amazing Grace (My Chains are Gone)

Heaven – 2008

  • First Day of Forever
  • View The City
  • Only One Way

Timeless Praise – 2007

  • His Name Exalted Medley
  • Power In The Blood Medley
  • Gladness and Joy Medley
  • Faithfulness Medley

Giving Thanks – 2007

  • You Were There
  • Blood Bought Church
  • Giving Thanks
  • Great God

Until He Comes – 2006

  • Thank God for a Song
  • Longing For Home
  • There Is a Remedy
  • Unto The Hills

Everlasting Praise – 2006

  • Trusting God Medley
  • Come To Worship
  • Our All in All
  • When I Think About the Lord

Great Moments Vol IV – 2004

  • I Wish I Could Have Been There
  • I Am God
  • For The Glory Of Christ
  • I’m Still Amazed
Great Moments Vol III – 2003

  • Let The Rocks Keep Silent
  • Get On Your Feet
  • Everlasting Peace
  • Safe Thus Far

Farther Along – 2003

  • Glory To God In The Highest
  • Hallelujah, We Shall Rise
  • We Have Won
  • Jesus Will Outshine Them All

Great Moments Vol II – 2002

  • He’d Still Been God
  • I Believe It All
  • That’s Him
  • By The Way Of The Cross

Great Moments Vol I – 1999

  • I Go To The Rock
  • Who Am I
  • Testify
  • On Time God

Firmly Committed – 1998

  • God Said You’re Gonna Make It
  • On That Happy Morning
  • Child of God

New Standards – 1997

  • Carry The Glorious Gospel
  • Not Looking For A Mansion

Requested – 1995

  • No One Ever Cared For Me Like Jesus/How Great Thou Art
  • Beulah Land
  • In The Garden

Family and Friends – 1994

  • Some Glad Morning
  • Surely
  • It’s Not In Vain

Sing Out – 1992

  • Hallelujah Comin’ On
  • Further Still

Ministry Highlights:

Yearly Guest Artist, In Touch Television Program with Dr. Charles Stanley
Yearly Choral Extravaganza Host and Guest Artist, National Quartet Convention
Yearly Guest Artist and Worship Leader, Bible Study Cruises with Charles Stanley
Yearly Guest Artist for David Ring, evangelist
2000 & 2001 Music Minister for Dr. Jerry Falwell, Thomas Road Baptist Church
1997 & 1999 Guest Artist, John Hagee Today Television Program
1994 & 1995 Guest Artist, Jerry Falwell’s Super Conference
1995 Guest Artist with Kay Arthur Television
1993 Guest Artist and Worship Leader, Adrian Rogers Bible Conference
1988 Choir Director, Southern Baptist Convention
1987-1991 Music Director, Bailey Smith Evangelistic Association
1984-1987 Music Director, Freddie Gage Evangelistic Association