Ex-Pop Star Becomes A Pastor

SYRACUSE, Kan. (December 18, 2012)—Frankie Valens, a pop star of the 60s and 70s, is now a preacher at a small church in western Kansas.

The singer, who had hits with "Smoke Gets in Your Eyes," and "The Lion Sleeps Tonight," became the pastor of First Christian Church in Syracuse about a month ago.

Valens' father was the pastor of the same church in 1978 and 1979.

After his recording career ended, Valens and his wife, Phyllis, toured the country performing gospel songs and skits at various functions.

Valens, 70, says he's never preached from a pulpit, but he says he's been testifying about his faith for years, so he is ready for the new challenge.


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