Mark Blair · Minister Of Music · Bellevue Baptist Church, Memphis, TN
When you look up EXCELLENCE and TEAM in the dictionary it should say Celebration Concert Tours! Never before have I seen an organization do what they do as efficiently and with such care for people as CCT. It is obvious they love the Lord and that their love for Him and people give them great passion in their ministry! I always count it a blessing when I get to experience one of those “God-moments” in ministry that was very clearly ordained, planned, and blessed by the Lord. You know when that’s happening because of the ministry moments that occur and the way lives are changed. The Bellevue Choir and Orchestra just experienced 5 days of that on our New York Worship Celebration trip with Celebration Concert Tours. Our people were able to be ministry focused and we saw the Lord do amazing things in our midst. I truly believe a big reason for all of that was the incredible heart for ministry and professional excellence displayed by Phil Barfoot and his team! From the initial roll-out meeting through the last person’s arrival back in Memphis, CCT was on top of every detail. Their attention to detail is over-the-top and their experience with group travel shows in every decision. As a leader, I needed to know that my people were going to be cared for. With CCT, I always knew they were in great hands. The attention to group needs was constantly monitored but they didn’t overlook individual needs in the process! Our group fell in love with the CCT staff almost immediately. If you’re considering taking your group on a ministry trip (and you should), you definitely want to work with Phil Barfoot and Celebration Concert Tours. You’ll hear from your folks what I’ve heard too many times to count, “My life will never be the same because of this trip. Praise God for Phil and his team!”
Mike Parks · Associate Pastor - Worship Green Acres · Baptist Church, Tyler, TX
Phil Barfoot, along with his staff and team at Celebration Concert Tours are simply the best at what they do. They are professional, organized, extremely easy to work with, and will do exactly what they say. Every detail is handled with a high degree of integrity and excellence. The concerts and ministry events are powerful, creative, well planned, and a tremendous blessing to all involved. I highly recommend Celebration Concert Tours. After participation in one of their exciting ministry projects, your choir and ministry team will never be the same.
Scott White · Woodstock, GA
It is with great excitement that I write to tell you about Celebration Concert Tours! Recently, 280+ of my members & I enjoyed the incredible heart, work & ministry of this great company. The entire staff are dedicated to making sure the “client” is truly taken care of! From the very beginning through the final hour, my folks and I were handled with “TLC” like we have never experienced before! If you are looking for an opportunity for your choir & orchestra to travel together, hands down I would recommend CCT. They are “Topshelf” in EVERY way! Use them…I did, and plan to do so again!
Mike Harland · Associate Pastor / Worship - First Baptist, Jackson, MS
Listen... if you want to take your choir somewhere for an experience of ministry outside the church walls, there is nobody, and I mean nobody better at that than Phil Barfoot and the folks at Celebration Concert Tours!
Pastor Johnny Hunt · First Baptist Church, Woodstock, GA
I’m grateful for the day that the Lord allowed my path to cross with Phil Barfoot! When I think about Celebration Concert Tours and how God is using this ministry, it blesses me! When my Minister of Music decided that he wanted to take our choir and orchestra to New York City for some real honors being able to go to Carnegie Hall and minister and then to go over to Brooklyn Tab we needed someone to really set that up and Phil Barfoot was the man. He did a fabulous job! That’s why we are using him for Hawaii! There are over 100 of us out of our church family that are going to vacation together! You will be very overwhelmed by how Phil takes care of you at every angle concerning the trip. Very personable, right there with us taking care of any hiccups that may come! So, I’m grateful for Phil Barfoot! I would encourage you to do like we at First Baptist Church Woodstock have done, like I have done and my staff have done, reach out to them and see how they can help your fellowship. By the way, he’s got a lot of existing tours that are taking place and you could just join right in on some of his tours and just bring your people right along and that would be a great joy. We’re doing that as well! Call me personally if I can be of any help to you to say more about our experience!
Herb Armentrout · Minister of Music, Broadmoor Baptist Church, Shreveport, LA
Our choir had a great time traveling with Celebration Concert Tours for the DC Worship Project in Washington DC! The concert venues were well chosen and great in terms of presenting the gospel in our Nation’s Capitol. The opportunity we had to tour the capitol building and worship there was unforgettable! The attention to detail during the trip was great from Phil and his team! They were well-prepared and gracious to all of the tour participants. In regards to CCT, one thing stands out above all the rest – the personal touch! Phil and Sheri made it a regular practice to mingle with and greet everyone every time we were together! That was special when so much is happening on a trip! Our choir immensely enjoyed the opportunity to partner with other choirs, to worship the Savior and share His love with people in Washington DC!
Dr. Randy Lind - Worship & Music Specialist, Baptist General Convention of Oklahoma, Oklahoma City, OK
I'm a FAN! Phil and the entire CCT team are the best! Their attention to detail and their personal faith comes through in their service to you and your ministry team. Plus, as a leader/director, I love hearing these comments: "This is the best trip ever" - "Thanks so much for taking us on this trip" and "Let me tell you how I was able to share my faith with someone I met today." In addition, with Phil and CCT, you will be able to spend more time with your team and focus on the people you may meet along the way. THANK YOU, Phil Barfoot and Celebration Concert Tours staff, for a great experience every time!
Dale Wilbur – Worship Arts Pastor, The Heights Baptist Church – Colonial Heights, VA
We took our very first Worship Ministry Mission trip this year with Phil Barfoot and CCT to Israel. Incredible is the best word that comes to mind. Our ministry team was overwhelmed with how well the trip was put together! This trip was unforgettable! As a person who has led many mission trips, I was especially impressed with Phil’s attention to the small details. Lining up special venues for us to gather, to worship, and to share made the trip extra special. We are looking forward to our next adventure with CCT!!
Dr. Ron Upton Minister - Worship & Creative Arts Idlewild Baptist Church, Lutz, FL
I want to thank Phil Barfoot and Celebration Concert Tours for such an over-the-top music-in-mission trip to England. From the initial meetings throughout the entire process, Phil and his team guided us gracefully through the administrative and logistical elements, which allowed us to concentrate on the ministry portion of this trip. The accommodations, transportation, and food were all stellar, and the concerts exceeded our expectations as opportunities to exalt the name of the Lord Jesus. In fact, a single opportunity (recording at Trinity Broadcasting Network, UK) impacted more people than Idlewild has ever impacted to date—29 million homes representing 69 million people! As a Worship Leader, I can’t tell you how much it helped to not have the administrative responsibility on my shoulders. It is so unusual for me to be able to totally focus on choir members participating in the concerts. In addition to the valuable ministry opportunities, we also had the joy of seeing all the major attractions that any tourist would want to see. I absolutely thought it was a PERFECT balance of touring and ministry. To the person, every attendee expressed their great gratitude for a once in a lifetime trip and that it was worth their time, energies, and resources to attend. Let’s do it again!
Charles Billingsley - Teaching Pastor Thomas Road Baptist Church, Lynchburg, VA
I have now done four events with Celebration Concert Tours, both domestic and international. On every occasion, they have been an absolute pleasure to work with and extremely organized! Phil Barfoot and his team are always able to get their groups into the best venues, they stay at the best hotels, and they always find the best food. ? Bottom line is, this company does it right! I look forward to doing many more trips with Phil Barfoot and Celebration Concert Tours!
Cliff Duren - Minister Of Music & Worship Woodstock FBC, Woodstock, GA
Christmas in New York is one of the best trips I’ve ever been a part of. I’ve been twice and both trips have exceeded all of my expectations. Phil and his team take such good care of everyone. The schedule is a perfect balance of rehearsal, preparation, relaxation, and activities…all within the context of worship and ministry. I assure you this will be a trip you’ll never forget!
BRENT DYER - WORSHIP PASTOR CHAMPION FOREST BAPTIST CHURCH, HOUSTON, TX
Celebration Concert Tours is your one-stop source for tour planning. Phil and the team do an amazing job taking care of every detail so you can focus on the music, spend time with your people and just have fun! I recently took almost 100 people to Eastern Europe and everything was flawless – concert venues, meals, sight-seeing and tour guides…every detail was superbly planned and executed. By the end of our tour 3/4 of the group had already signed up for the next trip! I plan to use Phil and Celebration Concert Tours for every trip I take from now on!
DAVID OLIVER - WORSHIP PASTOR CROSSGATES BAPTIST CHURCH, BRANDON, MS
I can’t tell you what a life-changing experience it is to go on one of these mission trips with Phil and to see your team build community within themselves and sometimes with other churches and to see them witnessing together for Christ in venues all around the world that we couldn’t possibly plan in a way like Phil does. Everything they do is with excellence! I hope that you’ll utilize Phil and his team at Celebration Concert Tours International! If you’re planning a trip or if you’ve never gone on a trip, I encourage you to go and to try one of these trips! It’s life-changing for you and for your team members!
TRAVIS COTTRELL - CHRISTIAN ARTIST, WORSHIP PASTOR ENGLEWOOD BAPTIST CHURCH, JACKSON, TN
My church choir and I had the most incredible experience on our New York trip with Celebration Concert Tours International! Honestly, everything about the trip was done with excellence and with great care for every person. I was amazed at the great detail in their preparation. Everything about the trip went off without a hitch. Whatever fears or concerns anyone might have had about traveling with such a large group were put to rest. Every outing, every event, every meal…all of it was a joy! My choir is still talking about it like it was yesterday. It was a trip of a lifetime for us and I can’t wait to do it again! One of the things that made CCT’s trip so special is that they cared for the spirit of the trip. My heart was blessed by how they worked to keep our time at Carnegie Hall so Jesus-focused. We didn’t just sing, we worshipped and it was a moment in time for which I will always thank the Lord! If you have a chance to go on one of these trips with CCT, DO IT! You’ll be so blessed because you did!
JON TYNER - MINISTER OF MUSIC OLIVE BAPTIST CHURCH, PENSACOLA, FL
We took our choir to be a part of the 6th annual Christmas in New York trip this year and I am so glad we did! The CCT team was first class… amazingly organized, hospitable and willing to do whatever they needed to do to make sure our experience was a positive one. I would highly recommend them to any group of any size!
LARRY HARRISON - WORSHIP PASTOR CROSSINGS COMMUNITY CHURCH, OKLAHOMA CITY, OK
Phil Barfoot and Celebration Concert Tours do exceptional work! I would highly recommend you considering one of their trips with your choir. I have personally been on two of their trips and their attention to detail, work ethic and hearts for ministry are most impressive.
JOHN BOLIN - MINISTER OF WORSHIP & ARTS HOUSTON'S FIRST BAPTIST CHURCH, HOUSTON, TX
Celebration Concert Tours is first class all the way! The Barfoot's and their team took care of every one of my conditions and concerns. Their eye for detail and care for our people is incredible. I appreciate their team jumping in and not only helping lead the group, but also being a part of the ministry aspects of the trip. This really built trust and friendships within the group and created a tremendous atmosphere. I truly believe a Choir and Orchestra doesn’t become what they can be until they get outside the church walls and CCT believes in making this possible for so many churches. Our people can’t wait for the next trip with CCT!
WAYNE FANCHER - PASTOR OF WORSHIP SECOND BAPTIST CHURCH, WEST CAMPUS, HOUSTON, TX
We just returned from taking our Worship Choir on tour throughout Italy with Phil Barfoot and Celebration Concert Tours International. This was our first tour with CCT and to say it was a tremendous experience is an understatement. Every detail was taken care of, every need was met, the sights we saw were spectacular and the concerts were a lifelong blessing to our people. The churches where we sang were absolutely magnificent and the people attending the concerts were sincerely warm and welcoming. Phil, his wife Sheri and their team went above and beyond to take care of our people and every detail to insure this was truly a trip of a lifetime. This company is both professional and personal. It was an AMAZING experience. Thanks Phil to you and your staff…you guys redefine the meaning of “excellence”.
JEFF LAWRENCE - EXECUTIVE PASTOR LIFEBRIDGE CHURCH, WINDERMERE, FL
In June of 2017, Concord Worship was hosted by Celebration Concert Tours for an amazing ministry trip to New York City. From Carnegie Hall to Dinner Cruises to worship in one of our favorite houses of worship, Celebration Concert Tours planned and executed one of the finest trips I’ve ever experienced! Phil Barfoot and his staff are consummate professionals who not only direct every fine detail, but truly care for people! In comparison to other tour options, Celebration Concert Tours understands ministry and people and assures both are priority. For us, our participants are already clamoring for the next trip! Having hosted my own international trips, I have the unique perspective of the size and scope of planning and implementing trips with large numbers of people. Now having taken a trip with Celebration Concert Tours, I will without hesitation hand over the enormous details of the trip so I can focus on what God has called myself and our worship leaders to do – lead others to the throne! If you choose to trust Celebration Concert Tours for a ministry trip, you will not regret it! Instead, your people will have one of the greatest ministry experiences of their lives!
ROCKY GILLMORE - WORSHIP PASTOR CROSSROADS BAPTIST CHURCH, THE WOODLANDS, TX
I don’t know if anyone has ever done this better than Phil Barfoot and the Celebration Concert Tours team! We just got home from an amazing trip and experience of New York City at Christmas including the awesome opportunity of singing about Jesus in Carnegie Hall. From the beginning days of planning this trip to the very final minutes, Phil and his team were there to make sure that our experience was the very best it could be, physically and spiritually. We were loved on, hugged (Phil is a hugger) and catered to every step of the way. Phil and his team care about more than just providing a good trip for your people…they care about people! It will not take long for you to realize that this is not just a business or job for Phil, it is a ministry to the church and specifically the choir and he is very passionate about it! If you are looking for a way to get your people outside the walls of the church, Celebration Concert Tours is the way to go!
MARK HARDEN - FORMER WORSHIP PASTOR HUMBLE AREA'S FIRST BAPTIST CHURCH, HUMBLE, TX
Christmas in New York! It’s a great trip! Phil, Sheri, and the entire CCT team take wonderful care of you! They are truly servant leaders who’s hearts are to minister to everyone traveling with them. If you are on the fence about going on this trip or any of the CCT trips, you will not be disappointed. You will have a wonderful time! Thanks, Uncle Phil!
KEN WHITTEN - SENIOR PASTOR IDLEWILD BAPTIST CHURCH, LUTZ, FL
I was privileged to participate in an International mission trip with our church choir under the leadership of Phil Barfoot and Celebration Concert Tours (CCT). The price was reasonable, the itinerary full, and the experience was incredible! CCT hosts their choirs with excellence, and their Staff serves with a spirit of hospitality and grace treating each member as part of the family. That kind of leadership comes from the top, and Phil and Sheri set the tone for that kind of mindset! As a Senior Pastor who desires to see his members come away with a worshipful experience, I was not disappointed! It is without reservation that I recommend Phil Barfoot and Celebration Concert Tours!
TOBIN DAVIS - MINISTER OF MUSIC SHADOW MOUNTAIN COMMUNITY CHURCH, EL CAJON, CA
Phil Barfoot and his team at Celebration Concert Tours did a fantastic job for us in organizing and executing all the details for our trip to New York City. Every bus, meal, and hotel room was ready right on time and helped us to relax and enjoy the journey. Topped off with our incredible night in Carnegie Hall, this was the trip of a lifetime! For the Shadow Mountain Team, we were able to put all of our focus on the music and the ministry. This could never have happened without the care given by the CCT staff. Thank you!
TERRY WILLIAMS - DIRECTOR, MUSIC & WORSHIP MINISTRIES FLORIDA BAPTIST CONVENTION
I must say that Phil Barfoot and Celebration Concert Tours went way beyond all expectations in arranging, administrating, and organizing our New York Worship Project. With 345 singers and musicians on a 5 night tour, no detail was too small, no individual was non-important, and all logistics were planned in great detail. Our goal was to encounter a “God-sized” event, and Celebration Concert Tours worked tirelessly to help make it happen. With concerts in Central Park, Carnegie Hall, Brooklyn Tabernacle, and a flash mob set in Times Square, Celebration Concert Tours help make every contact and arrangement. In addition, they facilitated dividing 345 singers and musicians into 12 teams for ministry in 12 new church plants in the metro New York City area. I am grateful for their heart for people, passion for ministry, and desire to cover every detail!
DR. GARY MOORE - SENIOR ASSOCIATE PASTOR SECOND BAPTIST CHURCH, HOUSTON, TX
WHAT an incredible journey the trip we made with you and the choir and orchestra of First Baptist, Dallas to Washington D.C. was! It is hard express in mere words and sentences the heights of musical joy and the depths of spiritual satisfaction we encountered during every moment of the experience! Those moments would not have been possible without the absolutely FLAWLESS logistics and seamless execution of details that you and your amazing staff presided over! Having toured nationally and internationally with many choir members over 40 years, I am well aware how the success of such an endeavor is TOTALLY dependent on that kind of support! When Doran Bugg invited Kristi and I to “tag along” and be “non-working” observers, it afforded us the opportunity to objectively assess the kind of service Celebration Concert Tours International provides and it was a WONDER to behold! The food, the accommodations, the scheduling, the transportation, the concert venues, and the “extras” were truly of the highest order and quality! All of that resulted in a world class experience! Having Texas Congressman Louie Gohmert take us onto the floors of the Senate and House and deliver an historical overview of our country from a Christian world view in the Rotunda of the Capitol was the experience of a LIFETIME!! And THEN to sing “Praise His Holy Name” in the billowing acoustics of that glorious space was RAPTUROUS!!! Thank you for THE experience of my life! I pray the Lord’s RICHEST blessings on your EVERY endeavor as you serve Him so wondrously well!
KEN ATKINSON - WORSHIP PASTOR FIRST BAPTIST CHURCH, DAYTONA BEACH, FL
Our Worship Ministry recently returned from the inaugural Worship in New York trip with Phil Barfoot and CCT. We had a great time traveling together, ministering with other churches, and getting to know believers from around the country. The worship service at Brooklyn Tabernacle was inspiring; the privilege of singing and conducting at Carnegie Hall was exhilarating; in one of the premiere concert halls that hosts elite musicians from around the world, along with Phillips, Craig and Dean, Travis Cottrell, Marcia Wilder, 250+ of our closest friends, and a packed house, WE HAD CHURCH – our Lord was lifted up, and the room was alive with His presence. As often happens with God’s leading in ministry, we go to bless others, but in the end we receive the grandest blessing. And all of this was facilitated by the practical and spiritual leadership of Phil and his team. Nothing was left to chance, every detail had been thought through, they took care of everything so the focus could be on the real reason we were there – to share His grace, mercy and love. When Phil says, “We do all the work so you can have all the fun,” he means it. Partnering with CCT in this endeavor was such a blessing; their commitment to excellence is bar none. And it is clearly evident that Phil and his team actually love what they do. This was a life-changing experience that our team will not forget, and we are looking forward to future trips with CCT.
DR. KEITH MCBROOM - EXECUTIVE MINISTER NORTH METRO BAPTIST CHURCH, LAWRENCEVILLE, GA
A ministry trip with Phil Barfoot and his team is a journey to the next level for any choir! Our choir members were challenged musically and spiritually! Phil is a dreamer and we benefited greatly from his vision to take choirs to cities and venues not typically accessible. The entire CCT staff is helpful, friendly and first-class. They managed every detail of our trip with excellence and made it truly the trip of a lifetime. I highly recommend Phil and the CCT staff to any group looking for a life-changing ministry experience!
DR. MARK DEAKINS - MINISTER OF WORSHIP BROADWAY CHRISTIAN CHURCH, LEXINGTON, KY
World-class sight-sighting, wonderful accommodations, great food and fellowship with choir members from multiple states, all done with a first-class staff, is exactly what you receive when you travel with CCT! The ministry alone was very rewarding, as many in the audience were blessed by the concerts performed in magnificent cathedrals and basilicas. But the icing on the cake was performing the music for the Mass at St.Mark’s Basilica in Venice! What an incredible worship experience for our choir!
JEFF STOTTS - LEAD WORSHIP PASTOR CENTRAL BAPTIST CHURCH, JONESBORO, AR
Wow! That is the first word that comes to mind when I begin to describe my experience with Phil Barfoot’s Celebration Concert Tours. “Christmas in New York” was an experience of a lifetime for our choir! CCT was right there every step of the way to walk us through every detail. The music, artists, venue, accommodations, hospitality, professionalism, and attention to detail are as first class as it gets!
CHARLES COLVIN - MINISTER OF WORSHIP FIRST BAPTIST CHURCH, UNIVERSAL CITY, TX
What a wonderful experience! The Celebration Concert Tours team was very patient in answering our many questions, gracious in helping us any way they could, and provided turn-key travel arrangements. The accommodations were excellent, the rehearsal times and concert were fun and worshipful. The team continued to be responsive throughout our entire experience. Every detail was taken care of, and everything went like clock-work. The songs selected were wonderful and well designed for the the sharing of the Gospel in the setting of Carnegie Hall. Receiving the music in July enabled us to prepare before we left for New York City. The resources made available by CCT were very helpful. For my wife and I, the extension in NYC after the hard work of preparation for the concert was a great vacation! Being together with over 300 other choir members was a memorable experience. The fellowship that blossomed among our group was a high light of the trip. Attending Brooklyn Tabernacle was a dream come true! It was a highlight of the entire experience. So many great memories and experiences! I know our entire group would recommend it to anyone! Thank you CCT team for making this possible!
KEITH CLUTTS - WORSHIP PASTOR GRAND AVENUE BAPTIST CHURCH, FORT SMITH, AR
Being a part of “Christmas in New York” was one of the most enjoyable, most spiritually-uplifting experiences I have ever had! My choir members would echo that sentiment. Carnegie Hall was transformed from a “temple of the arts” into a “temple of worship.” Singing Christmas songs of praise with 350 other people was deeply moving, especially as the audience joined in worship with us. One of my choir members said that singing “End of the Beginning” in Carnegie Hall was the spiritual highlight of her life…this from a woman who is deeply involved in missions. Travis Cottrell’s spirit made us all feel like an equal partner with him in worship leading. Already, my people are talking about doing it again!
CRAIG ADAMS - CREATIVE DIRECTOR & PUBLISHER LIFEWAY WORSHIP, NASHVILLE, TN
This trip was truly one of the most unforgettable experiences my family and I have ever enjoyed! New York City is an amazing place to spend the holidays. Worshiping in Carnegie Hall was a definitive moment, given its history and character. Singing alongside nearly 400 brand new friends was indescribably powerful! Celebration Concert Tours had everything perfectly organized and arranged, making this a truly stress-free and once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for us all! We are telling everyone we know about it and can’t wait to go again as soon as possible!
DAVE WATSON - FORMER WORSHIP MINISTER FIRST BAPTIST CHURCH, NEWCASTLE, OK
What a blessing to participate with Phil Barfoot and the wonderful guest artists for Christmas in New York! From Brooklyn Tab worship, to seeing Les Mis on Broadway, and the big Finalé of singing God’s praises in Carnegie Hall – it was fantastic! Super organized by CCT, and Phil is the ultimate encourager and positive force behind it all. My Oklahoma choir folks were even a bit skeptical about it all but wanted to see NYC, and they came back with nothing but praise for an incredible experience. They , and I, can’t wait to go again some time in the future!
KEITH MCMINN - PASTOR OF WORSHIP BETHEL BAPTIST CHURCH, YORKTOWN, VA
It was an absolute joy to participate in Christmas In New York. Phil and his wonderful team did a fantastic job. Every single detail was taken care of from start to finish. They were gracious, helpful, joyful, Jesus- focused, and professional. The music was very gospel-saturated and glorifying to God. This was our first trip with CCT and Lord willing will be the first of many. Our entire team loved it. It truly was an honor to go and such an encouragement. You will be blessed if you participate in this wonderful ministry.
ROB VEAL - EXECUTIVE PASTOR NORTHVIEW BAPTIST CHURCH, LEWISVILLE, TX
Phil’s “howdy” hug as soon as we stepped off the bus immediately made 350 strangers relax and soon become best of friends. I kind of picture Heaven like that as Jesus hands out the hugs along with a warm, “welcome home”. Thanks Phil for making every individual feel so very special. ALL of us needed that!
TIM FUS - PASTOR OF WORSHIP MINISTRIES HYLAND HEIGHTS BAPTIST CHURCH, LYNCHBURG, VA
WOW! Where to start? The trip that the 17 of us from Southpointe experienced was nothing short of life changing! For many of us it was the first time to New York. What a privilege it was to lift praises to our King at Carnegie Hall with a choir of 400, David Phelps, and Marcia Ware! We experienced a little glimpse of heaven that night! And who could forget the worship experience at the Brooklyn Tabernacle! Our folks are still enjoying that service! The sightseeing tours, the breakfasts at Planet Hollywood, Thanksgiving dinner at Applebee’s, and on and on! It was a week that we will not soon forget! Our folks are still complementing Phil Barfoot and his crew for the phenomenal job of organizing this trip and taking care of all the logistics that must have been involved in planning for a trip of 400 people! Every aspect of the trip was carefully thought out and planned for. There was so much attention to detail that we felt the trip was planned just for our group! It made for a phenomenal experience! Thank you CCT! We love and appreciate all that you do! Keep it up!
MITCH LOFTIN - WORSHIP PASTOR FIRST BAPTIST CHURCH, PRATTVILLE, AL
What an honor and privilege it was for members of my adult choir and I to be a part of the trip to Italy with Phil Barfoot and Celebration Concert Tours from July 6-16, 2016. Phil, Sheri and their great staff, Aaron and Preston were professional, organized and thorough. From the moment of initial contact to the final wave goodbye at the airport, all details were covered with prayer and handled with first class attention. Our accommodations for travel and lodging were well planned and implemented. Our hotels were beautiful, four star facilities where we were able to rest comfortably. Tours buses were modern, comfortable, and the drivers were courteous and always punctual! The ten day tour of Italy was incredible. The three tour guides that Celebration Concert Tours booked were outstanding. They stayed with our group at each hotel and were available around the clock to ensure our needs were met. The guides were not only knowledgeable about every location we visited, but their personalities were friendly, outgoing, humorous and endearing. Who knew culture, history and geography could be so entertaining! The tours of each locale were informative and the sights were breathtaking! FBC Prattville joined five additional churches from three other states to form a mass choir for this Best of Italy tour. It was a treat to join voices together in praise to our Lord and Savior. We sang a total of five concerts in some of the most beautiful cathedrals in all of Italy. Each and every concert was truly a time of worship as God used these six churches to touch the hearts of people in every audience. God made it abundantly clear that Italy is hungry for the gospel, and we were able to share the love of Christ through song and testimony everywhere we went! Although each minister of music directed a portion of the worship concerts, Phil Barfoot was the spiritual leader of this trip. Phil led us in uplifting times of prayer and praise as we prepared our hearts for worship each evening. I appreciated how Phil emphasized the spiritual and eternal purpose of our trip. The concerts and times of worship were truly the highlights of our eleven day trip, with the excursions and spectacular sights serving as icing on the Italian cake! The Best of Italy was the fourth trip my church and I have taken with the Barfoots and Celebration Concert Tours. I hope it won’t be the last. This awesome company was a pleasure to work with on a daily basis. Filled with boundless energy, kindness, enthusiasm, patience, and the love of Jesus, the Barfoots and staff worked around the clock to ensure the needs and concerns of all tour goers were met. My church members still rave about the marvelous time they had in Italy. The Barfoots and Celebration Concert Tours certainly made this trip the best of Italy down to the last detail! Without reservation, I wholeheartedly recommend that you call Phil Barfoot and book a trip with Celebration Concert Tours!
KENNETH MARTIN - MINISTER OF MUSIC & WORSHIP FIRST BAPTIST CHURCH, MILTON, FL
We love partnering with the quality people of Celebration Concert Tours to spread the Gospel to the world. Phil and Sheri Barfoot, along with their dedicated staff, put together life-changing ministry trips for churches. We have participated in multiple trips with CCT. They are excellent at what they do! Every detail is well executed, the venues are marvelous, the ministry events are well publicized and the concerts are truly worship experiences. As if that weren’t enough, you also get to take in breath-taking sights, enjoy delicious food, shopping and cultural experiences. I would confidently recommend Celebration Concert Tours to anyone looking to take a ministry trip in the future. They do it well!
LOREN MINNICK - ASSOCIATE PASTOR - WORSHIP FOOTHILLS BAPTIST CHURCH, LAS VEGAS, NV
I’ve been on four Ministry trips with CCT; Christmas in New York, Christmas in Bethlehem, Paris and London, and Italy. Why do I keep bringing my groups back? CCT provides the best in everything they offer. I think what impresses me most is Phil’s excitement, energy and passion in bringing choirs together to share the Gospel in music. He truly loves God and people! His team at CCT is second to none and partner with Phil every step of the way. If you have a need, they provide for it. If you have a concern, they take care of it. Italy was our most recent ministry trip with CCT and it was superb! I’m always amazed at how well they organize and implement such wonderful trips for such large groups. Before our last trip even happened, my choir was asking me when our next trip would take place and to where. Phil does such a great job of making everyone feel welcome and important. As long as he’s providing these ministry opportunities for choirs, we will be participating. I Love CCT and all they do! Can’t wait for our next adventure!
SCOTT CUNNINGHAM - PRAISE & WORSHIP LEADER CENTRAL BAPTIST CHURCH, CROSSVILLE, TN
Our ministry trip with Celebration Concert Tours provided a wonderful experience for our choir! We were amazed at the organization and experience of the staff. I highly recommend this experience to anyone thinking about a choir tour. The fellowship was so special and the friends we made are priceless. Lastly, Phil Barfoot has become a special friend to my choir and I. He has such a wonderful vision for choral mu-sic. Not to mention he’s such a ham!
DARRELL BLEDSOE - AMARILLO COMMUNITY CHORALE, AMARILLO, TX
I have taken many trips in my life but none like the trip to sing in Carnegie Hall with Phil Barfoot! Getting to sing and conduct in Carnegie Hall is a wonderful memory I will have for the rest of my life! Phil Barfoot is an incredible writer, musician and Christian man and has been a friend for many years. He and his staff plan out everything to make 250 plus people enjoy every minute of the trip to New York. Phil is a consummate pro! From now on, Phil Barfoot and Celebration Concert Tours will be planning my tours! Thanks again Phil for the wonderful experience!
BRETT FULLER - WORSHIP PASTOR FIRST BAPTIST CHURCH, PELHAM, AL
Bringing members of my choir to “Christmas In New York,” has truly been one of the highlights of my ministerial career. It was rewarding, invigorating, and full of excitement in every way imaginable! Our experience with CCT could not have been better. Phil Barfoot took the time to personally invest himself into my group. It started 14 months prior to our departure, when he flew to Shreveport to personally invite our choir to “Christmas In New York.” This was a jester that was far beyond the call of duty. From that point forward the entire process of putting together the trip proved to be a blessing. Phil has surrounded himself with a phenomenal team, which works tirelessly to support every Worship Pastor and choir member that attends. Not one stone is left unturned! Every detail is clearly communicated and handled with a high level of professionalism. We could not have asked for better accommodations, meals, and entertainment. New York City is electric, especially during the holiday season, but what made it so special were the many “God Moments,” experienced by each of us. A mass choir of 400 participants singing praises to the King in Carnegie Hall was one of those “WOW” moments. There aren’t enough words to describe the majesty of that night! Carnegie Hall became a true Worship Center!!! Did I mention worship at Brooklyn Tab?? WOW!!!! I HIGHLY recommend this trip for any who are considering it. For many this will be a “once in a lifetime” opportunity, and it’s worth every dime! Christ will be exalted, fun will be had, and your personal ministry will be encouraged and strengthened. I look forward to working with Phil and CCT on future trips!
DALE STOKES - MINISTER OF MUSIC BLACK OAK HEIGHTS BAPTIST CHURCH, KNOXVILLE, TN
This was our first time to partner with CCTI for Christmas in New York…and we loved it! The CCTI Staff is top notch when it comes to planning, organization and, most importantly, heartfelt ministry. My choir would go again tomorrow if at all possible!
C. BRIAN BIONDO - WORSHIP & CREATIVE ARTS PASTOR TRINITY LIFE CHURCH, LUTHERVILLE, MD
The trip to Italy with Celebration Concert Tours, Phil Barfoot and team was both a fantastic ministry and travel experience! With this being our first overseas trip for our choir, the trip exceeded all of our expectations! Every detail was taken care of in advance, accommodations were beautiful, comfortable, and suitable for a diverse group, the food was excellent, premium tour guides throughout the trip on a modern coach, each of the concert venues were memorable and stunning and it was a joy to meet and sing with other other church choirs from the U.S.! As travelers, it was a trip of a lifetime to see this beautiful country and the rich cultural history of each city. As worshippers, there was a dynamic of ministry that when combined with the travel, took this experience to the next level!
REV. GARY MATTHEWS - PASTOR OF WORSHIP & THE ARTS CHRIST MEMORIAL CHURCH, HOLLAND, MI
Through the years, various companies have offered tours for choirs. What set Celebration Concert Tours apart was their focus on ministry! We just returned from the Discovering Ireland 2017 tour with 80 people. However, more than that, we discovered Jesus in a fresh and new way! CCT balanced concerts, touring, and rest in a perfect way! Their servant leadership provided all who traveled with a tremendous experience! Everyone who went has said it was a trip of a lifetime! They said it was worth every penny they paid and their lives are changed forever! I can’t encourage traveling with CCT any deeper!
JEFF BENNETT - PASTOR OF WORSHIP SECOND BAPTIST CHURCH, NORTH CAMPUS, KINGWOOD, TX
It was a pleasure to work with Phil Barfoot and the Celebration Concert Tours staff! From the first encounter, their staff was professional and easy to work with. The accommodations, transportation, sights and attention to every detail make the experience truly remarkable. The staff is seasoned world travelers with many years experience. I highly recommend CCT and look forward to my next ministry opportunity with them!
DR. RON MATTHEWS - PRESIDENT - EASTERN UNIVERSITY ST. DAVIDS, PA
The Discover Ireland tour was fantastic. The sightseeing, pacing, performance venues, churches and cathedrals, food, and accommodations were excellent! Add to that the friendliness and expertise of Phil Barfoot and his staff and the experience was unmatched. Plus, everyone from 5+ states got along and had fun! Count me in for more!
JONATHAN FORD - MINISTER OF WORSHIP & ARTS FORCEY BIBLE CHURCH, SILVER SPRING, MD
The experience that our choir had with Celebration Concert Tours went so far beyond our expectations! We had eagerly anticipated the week that we would spend together in New York City but never having worked with CCT before, there was so much we didn’t know. Phil Barfoot and his amazing team had thought of EVERYTHING and created an absolutely seamless trip for our group. From transportation to lodging, rehearsals to sightseeing, ministry to mania, the CCT staff were right there to guide, entertain, engage and encourage. TO A PERSON, my choir members came away having the time of their lives and excited to go again. The combination of personal attention (I mean, they treat you like you’re their best friend) and professional service (first-class accommodations and on-time itinerary through the whole trip) are a rare commodity in this day and age. Celebration Concert Tours provided a transcendent excursion for our group that will always be treasured by those who shared it! Music, ministry and bus-loads of fun were matched with “once-in-a-lifetime” opportunities that you simply can’t get duplicate on your own! Let me encourage you to take the risk of ending the “We’ve never done that before!” cycle in your choir and turn it into “When can we do that again?” with a Celebration Concert Tours adventure.
RANDY WOODS - FORMER MINISTER OF WORSHIP & MUSIC THE VILLAGE CHURCH, FORT MYERS, FL
As Karen & I reflect on the necessary attention that needed to be given to organizing, planning, preparing coordinating, scheduling, facilitating all of the details needed to be considered for such a trip, we are especially grateful for Phil’s work and expertise. Our trip to Ireland could not have been any better; Celebration Tours exceeded all expectations!
DR. GARY MATHENA - DIRECTOR OF PRACTICA, SCHOOL OF MUSIC LIBERTY UNIVERSITY, LYNCHBURG, VA
I have taken two choir trips with Celebration Concert Tours. The first trip was to sing at the London Praise Festival at the Royal College of Music in London and the Paroisse de la Madeleine in Paris, France. The ministry opportunities were awesome and the sightseeing and accommodations were first class on both trips. My experience with the folks at Celebration Concert Tours is that they are meticulous in anticipating and executing every detail of the trip. I had no worries whatsoever. Everything was extremely well planned. These trips did more for building morale and fellowship in my choirs than just about anything I have ever done. I cannot recommend Celebration Concert Tours highly enough!
DAN HEATH - FORMER PASTOR OF WORSHIP EMMANUEL BAPTIST CHURCH, ENID, OK
Our choir members had a great time in NYC as we partnered with CCT and Phil Barfoot and the American Festival Choir at Carnegie Hall. Everything was well planned and our experience was wonderful. I was amazed at the attendance at Carnegie Hall. The place was full and the audience really seemed to engage with the great songs of Christmas. It was a real joy for my wife and I along with our choir to be a part of this outstanding event. Thanks Phil for inviting us to participate.
BART STARR - MINISTER OF MUSIC & WORSHIP FIRST BAPTIST CHURCH, FISHERVILLE, EADS, TN
The New York/Carnegie Hall experience I can honestly say surpassed all my expectations. It was incredible to see travel accommodations, sightseeing, and worship experiences for 400 people handled flawlessly. When rehearsals for the concert began and hearing 350+ voices began to sing, it was no longer rehearsal, it was a worship experience. It was a trip that our group described as “one that had to be experienced to fully appreciated.” I’m so grateful that I signed our choir up for this trip. Working with them from start to finish was a great experience.