A Man Like Me
Born and raised in Baltimore, Maryland, but due to family illness and career opportunities, Jason’s parents relocated to the Deep South. Currently, Jason calls Lumberton, MS home.
Jason was saved at the young age of 9 years old, during a Sunday night at his then home church, Christian Fellowship Church, in Baltimore, MD. Pastor Ted Lewis preached such a powerful and anointed message that night, even at a young age Jason knew that The Lord was calling him….Jason knelt at the first pew that night cause the alters were full…..”I remember asking Jesus into my heart and asking him to forgive me of any and all sins.” “I remember getting up and seeing the tear stains on that pew”….”even though I was a young boy, I knew there was a change in me”
At a very young age Jason, along with his sister, Pamela, would play instruments and sing backup for their parents, who were evangelists.
“Our weekends, most weeks, and even our vacations, we’re spent in church services, revivals, Campmeetings, and Gospel Sings”
Due to Jason’s father, Barry, having Multiple Sclerosis, the parents slowed down their travel. So, in 1992, Jason and his sister started a family ministry that would go on to bless hearts throughout the country for the next thirty years…..The Riders……
For the next three decades, Jason would sing lead, play bass guitar, drive the bus, and do the scheduling of concerts for The Riders.
“It was such an awesome experience for what seemed to be my entire life, to travel with family, doing what you felt you were called to do. Was it always easy? No…..were there long nights on the road, discouraging moments….yes of course…..but God was always faithful and gave us the energy and strength to always give it our very best each and every service”
“I was so lucky to be able to share over thirty years traveling with my sister, Pamela……she is such a talented Soprano and piano player…..she taught me so much about music……I owe her so much!!!”
After a lifetime of service in family music ministry, Jason began to go through some terrible storms in his personal life. Several family and health issues began to arise in 2019, eventually leading to a heart attack and open heart surgery in February, 2020.
“At the time, I was 44 years old…..with the storms of life that came my way, and then the heart attack, I thought maybe God was finished with me”
“Then, a month after my heart surgery, Covid 19 impacted the entire world, including The Riders….mostly all of our tour dates were cancelled and I really began to wonder if God was finished with me”
“After some time of physical healing, our family got back out on the road but it was very sparatic due to the virus…….and then my sister’s health began to rapidly decline.”
Pamela has, within the last year, had heart surgery and is currently facing two more surgeries.
Due to so many health and family issues, in the spring of 2021, The Riders made the very difficult decision to come off the road.
“I never thought we, as a family, would ever stop traveling together……but some things you can’t control, and health issues and certain family responsibilities kind of lead you down a different path sometimes”
By the fall of 2021, Jason felt like the Lord was leading him in a different direction with his music ministry. He currently travels two weekends a month with Zions Way Quartet.
“I love four part male quartet singing”. I travel with a great bunch of guys and love every opportunity we get to share our quartet with people all over”
On the weekends that Jason is not with Zions Way, He now travels as a soloist, sharing his music and testimony wherever a door opens.
“Since the beginning of 2022, God has opened so many doors to me all over the country……I’m excited to see where God is taking me on this new ministry journey”
Jason is currently available for concerts, revivals, and other special events.
To learn more about Jason and his ministry, you can go to www.JasonOxenriderMusic.com