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Dean Hickman, John Darin Rowsey, Pat Barker and Scott Mullins, collectively known as the Guardians Quartet are a southern gospel quartet with a unique sound, tight harmony and a passion for sharing the gospel through their music.  With three Dove Award nominations, multiple #1 songs and Fan Awards, the Lord has blessed the Guardians Quartet with an incredible journey since their inception.  Each member of the Group brings a sincere commitment to glorifying Jesus Christ. Therefore, their mantra remains echoing John the Baptist’s words in John 3:30: “He must increase but I must decrease.”

Dean Hickman

Dean Hickman has a long history in Southern Gospel music beginning as a 19 year old with The Golden Keys Quartet.  In 1988, he embarked on his current journey as first tenor with The Guardians.  Dean is a natural encourager, handles all the business end of things, and, most importantly, he has a genuine heart for the ministry of the Guardians. There is no bigger morale-booster to The Guardians and also to the entire community of southern gospel singers than Dean Hickman.  He loves this genre of music and it shows every time he walks on stage.


John Darin Rowsey

John writes and arranges most of the The Guardians’ songs.  He began his singing career in front of an audience at the age of 11.  His first professional group was with New Journey in 1985 and subsequently with Karen Peck & New River in 2000.  He joined The Guardians in 2012 and since then the Guardians have seen radio success and a growing fan base that can be attributed to John’s incredible songwriting and arrangements.  He has written hundreds of songs, numerous  of which have reached number one status on southern gospel charts and he Is the recipient of the prestigious Dove Award.

Pat Barker

Pat Barker, the man with the legendary bass voice, a southern gospel icon in his own right, began singing with The Guardians in March 2018.  He is well-known throughout the southern gospel community having performed with many incredible groups, such as:  The Crystal River Boys, The Diplomats, The Dixie Echoes, The Second Half Quartet and The Mark Trammel Quartet.  The Guardians are honored to have this world-class singer and emcee as a member of the group.

Scott Mullins

 Scott Mullins became a member of The Guardians in January 2020 and immediately won the hearts of fans all across the country. His smooth voice and endearing personality draws the audience to him as he shares his heart in song.  He has a rich heritage in Gospel Music spanning the last 30 years, and that experience and his love for The Lord is on display every time he walks on stage.  Scott says being a part of The Guardians organization is the ”opportunity of a lifetime”.