By Joyce Spamer
The Craguns are comprised of husband and wife, Jordan and Elena Cragun, Ray Cragun (Jordan’s Father) and Nick Adams (Cousin). Jordan and Elena Cragun got their start in Gospel music in Idaho where Jordan toured for 4 years with the Boise based, Liberty Quartet. It was during those years that God started revealing to Jordan and Elena that one day they would minister together as a family. Jordan resigned from Liberty in February 2013. During this same period, Jordan’s father Ray, felt led to resign his head pastoral position, which he had held for nearly 20 years. After a year of prayer, planning and waiting patiently on God’s leading, The Craguns are making their debut!
At a Craguns concert you can expect to laugh, be challenged and leave encouraged! The Cragun Family is absolutely committed to effectively ministering the Gospel through song. They will do this through Spirit filled, Christ honoring, musical excellence for people of all ages! The Cragun name may be relatively new to the Gospel music scene, but it’s a name that will soon become synonymous with great Gospel music!
Ray Cragun was born and raised in Indianapolis, Indiana. He is married to Victoria Cragun and together they have six children. Ray pastored in Ponchatoula, Louisiana for the last 20 years. Although, he has been a pastor for most of his life, Ray is no stranger to Gospel music. Before entering the pastorate, Ray traveled with a group called Celebration. While traveling with Celebration, he had the privilege of performing hundreds of times to audiences all over America, sharing the platform with groups such as the Cathedrals, Blackwood Brothers and many others. Through the years, Ray has turned down numerous musical opportunities feeling God wanted him to remain in the pastorate, until now! Ray is finally uniting with his son to do something they have been dreaming of since Jordan was just a young boy… Singing and touring as a Family!
Jordan Cragun was born in Indianapolis, Indiana, but was raised in Ponchatoula, Louisiana where his father (Ray) Pastored. Jordan has a degree in pastoral ministry but his number one desire, since the age of two, has been music and sharing the Gospel in song. Jordan got his start in Gospel music at the age of eighteen when he started traveling with his college quartet. In 2008, Jordan received a call to tryout with the Boise based Liberty Quartet. He accepted the baritone position and traveled all over North America for over four years. During his time with Liberty, Jordan was privileged to sing on some of the largest stages in Gospel music and share those stages with some of the biggest names in Gospel music. It was those experiences and opportunities that opened the doors enabling him to fulfill his lifelong dream of starting this group and ministering with his wife Elena.
Elena Cragun was born and raised in Hobe Sound, Florida area. Elena grew up in a pastor’s home, where she and her two sisters often sang together at church services, camp meetings and other special events. She traveled and sang all over the states with a trio during her first two years of college. Elena graduated with a degree in Psychology and has worked for the last 5 years as a Psychosocial Therapist. Elena has a huge heart for people and is thankful for the opportunity to work hand in hand with her husband Jordan Cragun as they minister together.
Nick Adams was born in Stuart, Florida and raised in the country of Ukraine, where his parents served as missionaries. During those years, Nick saw great joy, as their family was used mightily of God to reach the Ukrainian people. He also witnessed heartache as their family was robbed and Nick’s father nearly beaten to death. Through it all, Nick has acquired a deep love for God and people. Nick’s greatest passion is music and he has been singing with his musical family since he was young. He also toured for one year with his college quartet. Nick was recently married to his longtime sweetheart, Ashley. Nick and Ashley are excited to be on this journey together and thrilled to do what they love with family.
This is only one of many things that other are saying about The Craguns:
I am honored to recommend this great new gospel music group, “The Craguns.” Jordan Cragun, the owner of the group, is a passionate Christian man who has music flowing through his veins. He comes from a large musical family and his commitment to excellence and deep spiritual impact are second to none. Jordan’s wife (Elena) and first cousin (Nick Adams) have formed a unique blend of harmony and power. Jordan’s father (Ray Cragun) provides a great foundation as one of the smoothest and most beautiful bass singers in the country. You will be amazed when you hear Ray’s natural bass voice. As a senior pastor, I was always looking for quality groups that were affordable to our church. I encourage you to get in on the ground floor with this new group. The people attending your church or event will be greatly touched and ministered to by “The Craguns.”
Jeff Keaton is the Founder, Chairman & CEO, Renewanation.org
So, come out and enjoy a Great Gospel Concert on October 14, 2017 at 7:00 PM at The United Methodist Church of Chili, 2200 Westside Dr. Rochester, NY. Ticket are being sold for $15 each in advance or $18 at the door. They may be purchased by sending a check or money order along with a stamped self-addressed envelope to Southern Gospel NY, 3250 Big Ridge Road Spencerport, NY 14559 or go to www.sgny.net and order on line thru PayPal.