HOW IT All BEGAN... Back in the day, Deb and Bill used to be neighbors on Charles Street in Huntington, IN. Deb was a teenager and Bill was newly married when their paths first crossed, so to speak. Bill was, should we say, "wild" in those days and Deb's first impression was to stay away! Strange that now the two stand side-by-side singing praises to the Lord! Bill moved to Markle, IN and began operating his own body shop and wrecker service. When Terry's mother was in need of the wrecker service, Bill and Terry met. Their mutual interest in music led to a friendship that has lasted over the years. The two of them played in a rock-n-roll band together and "jammed" in Bill's garage! In the meantime, Deb was married to Hal and also moved to Markle. She became a member of her husband's church, the Markle United Methodist Church. A few years later, Bill and his wife, Cindy, also started attending services there. And some years after that, Terry and his wife, Susan, came to the church as well. When the members of the church decided it was time to create an alternative to the traditional Sunday morning worship, a contemporary Tuesday night worship service was created. Pastor Kaye Patton and her husband Richard were trying to form a praise team to lead the music. Deb offered to play guitar and Bill and Terry were asked to join the band. They came expecting to be a part of a band and found out they were the band! A few singers were added to the group, including Callie, and the team began to lead worship. Bill shared some of the songs he was inspired to write and the group performed these as well. On occasion, the group would sing at area churches and the rescue mission in Ft. Wayne. It became a regular commitment to present music for the mission each month and eventually only Bill, Terry, and Deb were available to attend. As the three played together often, the music began to take on a life of it's own. It soon became apparent that the three had a job to do sharing the messages that God laid upon their hearts through music and testimony. The band was born! NEW ADDITIONS: Off and on we discussed adding a drummer to the band and the general consensus was he or she would have to be the right person and that if God wanted us to have a drummer, that person would come along. To make a long story short, three drummers came and went! Then came Rob! Rob answered our ad prior to the third drummer joining us but decided the traveling distance was too far to join us. On the day our third drummer resigned, Rob called again. Thankfully, he decided to join us and what a blessing he has been. Last, but not least, Callie is our newest (and youngest) addition. As mentioned earlier, Callie sang with the church praise team. Then she moved away and we didn't see her for a while. As it happened, Callie was visiting the worship service on a Tuesday night and Deb felt led to ask her if she'd be interested in singing again - not with the praise team, but with the band. After hearing the details, Callie was in! We are so excited to have her join us. OUR NAME... The name "Laced with Grace" also came about quite coincidentally. We came to rehearsal one night with the purpose of coming up with a name for the band. Each of us brought a list of possible names and from those lists we hoped something would fit. Well, none of the suggested names sounded right, so we put the task aside. Later in the evening a conversation ensued. The topic related to former days when drug use was a lifestyle choice for some in the group. As it happened, a certain substance had been "laced" into brownies. One band member commented that we are not "laced" with that stuff anymore ... we are "laced with grace!" And, that was it! The name spoke of what we believed and connected to those we hoped to reach - those who struggle with addictions and need the saving grace of our Lord Jesus to help them through.