Kirk Franklin’s Questapalooza gig a homecoming for his drummer

Terry Baker, photographed by guitarist Doc Powell, has played drums for Kirk Franklin since 2000.

When Kirk Franklin plays Questapalooza Sunday night, a Lexingtonian will be keeping the beat.

Terry Baker joined Franklin’s band eight years ago, fulfilling a dream to play for a gospel star.

“I’ve been playing drums since I was a young guy,” says Baker, a 1990 Bryan Station High School graduate. “I always wanted to play with a gospel artist. I never thought of going for a secular career.”

He first met Franklin when he was playing drums on a TV show, Bobby Jones Gospel on BET.

Baker moved away to be on the show, but the Franklin gig allowed him to come back to Lexington and his family: wife Elaine and three children, Amber, 15; Terry Jr., 12, and Lauren, 7.

He attends House of God Church on Georgetown Road.

That’s when he’s in town.

Beating the skins for a gospel superstar means a lot of weekends on the road, including overseas trips to Europe and Africa. Baker really treasures the hometown gigs, though.

He’s had the chance to play a couple of Ichthus Festivals in Wilmore and in Rupp Arena when Franklin came with Franklin ­Graham’s crusade in 2000.

“That was shortly after I started playing with Kirk,” Baker recalls. “It was pretty incredible to play in Rupp Arena.”

And Quest Community Church, which presents Questapalooza, won’t be bad either.

“When I got the e-mail asking if I was available for these dates, and I saw the Questapalooza date, I was really excited,” Baker says. “It’s always fun to play for your family and friends.”

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