Jim has served in several churches as minister of music and was the Director of Music at Southwestern Conservative Baptist Bible College (now currently call Arizona Christian University) in Phoenix for 17 years. Jim is also known for his personal performances on the trumpet and flugal horn.
Together, with his wife Christine (who is a ventriloquist), have captivated their audience with a special family oriented ministry. Now, along with the talents of their children, they have developed a gospel style of singing with beautiful family harmonies.
The Lannings have performed concerts in a variety of locations such as; churches, camps, state fairs, amusement parks, camp meetings, conferences, picnics and......race tracks. Jim was the Motor Racing Outreach chaplain for almost 20 years with the then called NASCAR Camping World Truck Series.
Traveling the race circuit with professional race car drivers and their crews, Jim provided a much-needed ministry. Through Bible studies, counseling, one-on-one discipleship, conferences, children's ministry and chapel services, Jim has built quite a relationship with those traveling the race circuit. Jim and his family found themselves very much at home using their talents for the Lord amongst this racing community.
Jim and Christine have been married since 1972. Their son Joshua and his family, is serving the Lord as a minister of music and school teacher in Yuma, AZ. Charity, who is currently singing with the Lannings lives in Phoenix and is married to Chris Barrett. Our other two daughters are, Patience and Precious.
Patience, who is the youngest sang with the Lannings for many years. She married a Texas preacher, Pastor Cody Rushing. Cody and Patience live in Mt. Vernon, Texas and have 3 children.
Precious is their daughter that was handicapped through a drowning accident at the age of one. It is a miracle she is alive and doing quite well to this day.
The music of the Lannings is sung as a mixed trio. Many of their songs are written and composed by Jim Lanning. Christine is one of the finest ventriloquist around. Her puppets are always a joy for young and old alike. Jim is an accomplished trumpet soloist and plays arrangements of some of your favorite hymns. Put them altogether and you get a great family that love to serve the Lord through southern gospel music.
Currently, the Lannings are ministering at the Paradise Valley Baptist Church, 14034 N 32nd St., Phoenix, AZ. Jim is the Pastor of the church. Because of his responsibilities at the church, their concert schedule in limited. If you call Jim at 602-315-1349 he would love to schedule a date that that may be able to minister to your group in southern gospel music.
For more information:
3222 E. Nisbet Rd
Phoenix, AZ 85032
(602) 971-4974 home
(602) 315-1349 cell