John Darin Rowsey, Pat Barker, Scott Mullins and Paul Lancaster, collectively known as The Guardians are a southern gospel quartet with a unique sound, tight harmony and a passion for sharing the gospel through their music. Occasionally, they are joined on stage by founding member, owner and manager, Dean Hickman, who has been in southern gospel music for over 60 years. With three Dove Award nominations, multiple #1 songs and Fan Awards, the Lord has blessed The Guardians 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.”
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, 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 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”.
Paul Lancaster has spent most of his life in gospel music. From singing locally in his home state of Alabama, to some of the largest stages in the country, Paul has dedicated himself to his craft. Many of us were first introduced to Paul through The Gaither Homecoming videos while he was with Mullins & Company. Later on, he sang with groups like The Nelons, The Martins, and The Booth Brothers. At the beginning of 2023 we asked Paul to come on full time to assist us at the tenor position in Dean’s absence. His voice and personality have fit us better than we could have ever imagined. We are glad to have him as the newest member of The Guardians ministry.
Dean Hickman is a Founding Member and current owner of The Guardians. He handles the business end of the Group and, most importantly, has a genuine heart for the ministry of The Guardians. There is no bigger morale-booster to the entire genre of Southern Gospel Music. Even though Dean is no longer traveling full-time with the Guardians, you’ll see him on-stage occasionally and that is a blessing!