Earnest Alexander was born in Selma, Alabama. He grew up in the racially-charged South during the 50’s and 60’s, where he faced discrimination and segregation daily. He and his six siblings were raised by his mother – a single parent who worked hard to lovingly provide for her children.
As a boy, Earnest was inspired by a gospel singer named Mahalia Jackson. He prayed and promised God that if he were given a voice like hers, he would use it for God’s glory. From the fifth grade through high school, Earnest studied voice and worked with the Hart College Music Conservatory at the University of Hartford. There, he studied under Virginia Shoore, Elizabeth Martin, and Marcilene Brown, women who not only influenced his life musically, but in all aspects of his life.
During high school, Earnest received many awards, including being named the representative from Connecticut for a national competition called “American Youth Performs.” As a result, he was able to perform at Carnegie Hall.
Earnest came to Kansas to attend college, first at Butler County Community College and later at Friends University. At Friends, he traveled with the Singing Quakers and toured much of the United States. He graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Vocal Performance and traveled with the Continental Orchestra throughout the United States and the Caribbean.
Earnest committed his life to Christ when he was 12 years old. Since that time, he has sought to walk in obedience to the Lord in all that he does. He has lived a life committed to evangelism and the Lord has used Earnest to bring many people to know Him as Lord and Savior. As a response to a call on his life, he was ordained as a Baptist minister in 1975. Presently, he is actively involved at River Community Church.
Earnest has devoted his life to serving the Lord and reaching out to troubled and at-risk children. He is currently the President of Youth Horizons. Through the years, Earnest has mentored many young people himself, serving as a father figure in many cases. In addition, he has taken several boys into his personal home when they had nowhere else to turn. He even adopted two of them, Paul Alexander and Ty Singleterry, both now adults. Many of the kids with whom he has worked are now adults with families who are following Earnest’s example and are reaching out to mentor other young people.
In addition to his work at Youth Horizons and with young people in the community, Earnest continues to travel throughout the country and overseas, performing concerts at churches, schools and civic functions. Through his music and words, Earnest shares the love of Christ as well as his burden for young people. He challenges those in attendance to strive for a closer walk with Christ and to get involved in the lives of young people.