How well do you know the talented artists that lead us through worship every Sunday? Meet: Marvin Thorne, Assistant Worship Director, vocals; Autumn Rainey, vocals; Annalise Stalls, sax; Ariel Pocock, keys; Jacob Classen, keys; Alphonza Kee, bass; and Donovan Cheatham, drums
When Kandis Florian walked into the doors of Christ Central Church, she wasn’t looking to join the worship band. Yes, she’s a noted singer, but she was looking to take a break from her calling.
It had been several years since Kandis, and her then husband, had moved back to her native state of North Carolina after living in Nashville. Kandis was just looking for a church that would be the right fit for her and her family. She was also looking for inclusiveness in a church and a friend had told her about Christ Central’s diversity. Unknowingly, Kandis and her family attended their first service at Christ Central in January 2014 – which happened to be their inaugural service as a church. Kandis recalls that she felt an instant connection to Christ Central.
Walking into the spacious Durham home of Daniel and Macon James, I feel an air of warmth and joy in the room. On this Thursday late afternoon, the living room has been divided into a place for adults to sit and a kids' play area. The Jameses' sons, Eliam, 6, and Jude, 2, are sprawled on the floor finishing up a zoo picture puzzle, then turn their energy to a Lego-building session.
As we chat on the couch, Eliam and Jude soon come over and start clambering on their parents. Jude wants his mom to read him a book, which she does, and Eliam wants to play Legos with his dad, and he obliges. The loving interaction between them is truly beautiful to witness, and it’s surprising to know that they’ve been a family for less than a year.
“I have always wanted to adopt since I was really little. I don’t know why,” Macon recalls. “I guess God put that in my heart when I was young.”
Meet Miss Beverly and learn about how she came to know Christ Central Church.