Sydney served in his home church, Deep River Baptist Church, Coleridge, NC as the choir director for eight years prior to entering the ministry full-time in 1980. He was ordained as a deacon in 1974.
Over the past thirty-nine years, he has ministered to churches in Georgia, Louisiana, South Carolina, Tennessee and North Carolina. Sydney served as Minister of Music at Calvary Heights Baptist in Baton Rouge, LA from 1981 until 1989 and was ordained into the Gospel Ministry in 1984. He taught history, Bible and Physical Education at Calvary Christian School and was actively involved in the sports program during this time.
Sydney served as Minister of Music and Associate Pastor of Central Baptist Church, Kannapolis NC from 1991 to 1999. He was called to serve with Dr. Phil Hoskins at Higher Ground Baptist Church in Kingsport, TN in 1999. Sydney accepted a call to return to Central Baptist Church in Kannapolis in 2001. Under his leadership, the Central Baptist Choir and Orchestra has recorded fifteen live recordings. Sydney also teaches the Faith Works Sunday School class which has an average attendance of over 100 each week.
Sydney has been writing gospel music with his wife, Cathy, since the early 1970’s. They have been privileged to have their songs recorded and published by many major Southern Gospel artists such as The Hoppers, McKameys, Inspirations Quartet and others.