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Joey Hallelujah! God Loves America!

February 20 - May 2

a new album of favorites, featuring the ragtown gospel band.
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Thanks for joining us for another wonderful season of Bethlehem!

Ragtown Gospel Band

Two Great Shows... One Unforgettable Experience!


Saying Goodbye to Joey Hallelujah and the Apostle John

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Saying goodbye to Joey and John is going to be hard. Looking back, I remember very specifically feeling the same way about Peter, Mary, Stephen, Joseph, John the Baptist, and many others…even Judas. And of course, Jesus. Each one has left an unforgettable impression, but these two leave behind more than their fair share of memories.

Our final performance of “Joey Hallelujah! God Loves America!” will be this Saturday, May 2nd at 3:00,and if you haven’t been able to come, I would really encourage you to try and make it. You won’t be disappointed. As I have previously noted, many have told me this is their favorite production yet, and it is by far the most enthusiastically received concert we have ever staged.

I don’t often enough talk about the Ragtown Gospel Band. Brenda Rhoades, Jay Young, and George Jackson join me on stage every weekend to bring our audiences a gospel music showcase that I hope you will agree is worth the trip and the price of the ticket all by itself. That is always our goal. The music is a mix of original songs and traditional favorites, but even those we try to present in an original way. We are always completely blown away by the enthusiastic response our music receives from all ages, but I am particularly delighted when young people attend and make a special effort to personally tell me how great they thought the music was.

We certainly want the concerts to be musically wonderful…but every member of the group, including Tommy Foster, our sound engineer, is most concerned about the message of every song being conveyed in a powerful way. None of us are there just to entertain or exhibit our talents. We are privileged to hope that through the music we work together to offer, people may be drawn closer to the Lord, comforted, and encouraged.

Several of the songs that we are performing during this concert we will be recorded very soon for release on a new album. We have never had a greater response to any song we’ve performed, or more requests for one to be available on a CD than “He Gave His Word.” I can’t wait to see what happens with that song, and I am thankful beyond words that the Lord trusted me to write it. I would love to sing it for you in person…so come to Ragtown this Friday at 7:30 or Saturday at 3:00 and help us bid a fond farewell to one of our best plays yet…”Joey Hallelujah! God Loves America!”

"The show was so wonderful last Saturday that I’m bringing 12 plus myself from our church this Saturday. Only two of these ladies have been before to Ragtown. I always tell them once they have attended they will not want to miss a show after that. Thank you and all of the cast for sharing the wonderful talents God has given you with all of us."

− Edie D., Abilene, TX

"Wow! I enjoyed the whole experience of the play, music, beautiful theater and I hope you are there for many, many years. Everyone from our church was so thrilled, our bus sang all the way back to Lubbock. Thank you again for a wonderful night, and I plan to tell others and definitely come again."

− Anna H., Lubbock, TX

"What a wonderful time we had last night at Ragtown Gospel Theater! God is so good! He has blessed your family with wonderful talent! To be able to entertain as well as spreading God’s word, and love what you are doing to boot, must be wonderful! Praise to our Lord and Savior! We will be back!"

− Joyce S., Idalou, TX

"I loved Joseph the Carpenter, the story was wonderful I loved the humor. A brilliant performance by the actors and lots of credit goes to the writer. Thank you Chip for using your singing and writing talent for the Lord. May God continue to bless Ragtown Theater and the Polk Families. "

− Quepha B., Lubbock, TX

Recent Photos From Ragtown…


Satan mocks Jesus at the climax of “Gethsemane”.


Kyle Bullock, playing Jesus in Ragtown’s production of “Gethsemane”, prays in the garden before being tempted by Satan.


Chip performing with the Ragtown Gospel Band


Jesus, played by Kyle Bullock, consults with His disciples before entering the garden of Gethsemane.


Glenn performs as Satan in the recent production of “Gethsemane” at Ragtown Gospel Theater


The children in “Say Nicklaus” look on sadly as Mina and Nicklaus are forced to leave the orphanage.


Nicklaus, played by Glenn Polk, dances with his children in “Say Nicklaus”, Ragtown’s new Christmas favorite.

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