Laura Story’s life is her song

September 2010 - Cover Story
by Lori Hatcher

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September 2010 - Cover Story

I hated singing in front of people,” admits Laura Story, the Dove Award-winning musician and composer of the popular worship song “Indescribable.” It is the title track on her first solo CD and was later recorded by Chris Tomlin. “I never would have done it if God hadn’t put stuff in my heart that I had to share with people.”

Last April, Story shared that “stuff” at a concert for Spring Valley Baptist Church’s Express Faith program. Brainchild of music minister Rick McCollum, Express Faith is a musical outreach designed to give church members a creative way to share their faith with their community. McCollum was motivated by the realization that, “Southern Baptists have had a history of being evangelistic, but in recent years, not so much. We needed a 21st century approach. Express Faith was one way we could do evangelism by connecting with our community using the arts.”

McCollum chose talented musicians from his church to perform in different venues throughout the community. Each musician partnered with fellow church members who engaged listeners in conversation before and after the performance. Their ultimate goal was to share their own faith story and invite people to other Express Faith events.

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