J.B. and Melanie O'Neal are residents of Martinsville, Ind.
Melanie was diagnosed with muscular dystrophy as a child. Both she and J.B. have been amazed at the difference Jesus Christ has made in their lives. God miraculously brought them together, and they were married June 7, 1985.
Six months later, He opened a door for the couple to share Christ through song and testimony in what would become their life's work. In 1994, God called them to a full-time ministry. Then after 17 years of marriage, they received a surprise blessing. On Feb. 7, 2003, their daughter, Rose Ann, was born.
In February 2004, their "love story" was featured in an article in Homecoming Magazine. This occurred following their appearance at the 2003 Praise Gathering in Indianapolis, with Bill and Gloria Gaither.
They've had the privilege of ministering to many churches, festivals, fairs and civic clubs throughout Indiana and across the nation. Television and radio broadcasts include an appearance in December 2003 on Life Today, hosted by James and Betty Robinson. This is an internationally broadcast program viewed in 120 million homes.
"Expect to Be Surprised," is the title of J.B. and Melanie's most recent recording, which was produced in Nashville, Tenn. Their recordings include original, traditional and southern gospel music.
It is the O'Neal's heartfelt desire to further the kingdom of Christ through song and testimony.
The duo will perform at Community Missionary Church, 21 W. Pinckley St., Brazil, Sunday, Sept. 23.
For more information, call 443-5181.