Southpoint Church's Katie Marlier believes in making a joyful noise unto the Lord in her very own special way.
The sister of a U.S. Secret Service agent and daughter of a Memphis policeman and one of the most recognizable event coordinator's in the Mid-South, Marlier is relishing her role as worship pastor of one of the fastest-growing churches in the Mid-South.
Southpoint Church in Southaven, which began services in a rented movie theater, is now housed in a spacious, newly renovated building, which was formerly a bowling alley.
"I've been attending here three years and I've been on staff since January," said Marlier, who, along with husband Brandon, are the proud parents of two children, Maddie, 13, and Owen, 6. The couple lives in Hernando.
Her parents, "Rab" and Dawn Edwards set the example of a Christian upbringing.
The Edwards were youth pastors at Whitehaven Presbyterian Church and Covenant Presbyterian Church in Memphis.
"They've always had a very strong faith," Marlier said of her parents. "We grew up very involved in church."
Marlier has been involved with other churches in the past, but she said that she has found her true calling at Southpoint Church.
Being a part of the church's worship and praise ministry has made a major impact on her life.
"I absolutely fell in love with the place," Marlier said. "We're an interdenominational church. We perform mostly contemporary praise music. We also do some traditional hymns. We basically work in a band-type structure."
Marlier knows all about being in a band. She and her brother Danny formed the basis of the rock band, Rocky 4000, throughout the early 2000's.
Marlier's praise band just plays to the beat of a different drummer, so to speak.
"There are four vocalists who sing on Sundays," Marlier said. "I have a drummer, two guitarists, a bass player and a keyboard player. We're always looking for new musicians," she added.
Marlier is a classically-trained musician, herself, which might surprise the people in the pews and those who enjoyed her music in the secular world.
"I grew up playing the piano," Marlier said. "I am classically trained on the piano. In 2005, my brother Danny and I started a band together and played for about 10 years. We played all over Memphis and DeSoto County."
Marlier became engaged, married her husband Brandon, a federal court employee, while Danny pursued military and government service.
Marlier hungered for something more in her life and the church offered a way of lifting her voice in song, and uplifted her heart as well.
"The songs we sing are full of praise," Marlier said. "It's good stuff."
Being involved in Christian praise and worship has changed Marlier's life.
She gets joy from seeing the lives of others changed as well.
"I love seeing people's lives transformed," Marlier said.
Her life verse brings to mind an image of peace and serenity.
"He will cover you with his feathers, and under his wings you will find refuge; his faithfulness will be your shield and rampart." (Psalm 91:4)
"It's a verse I've always kept close to my heart in good times and bad times," Marlier said.
Robert Lee Long is Community Editor of the DeSoto Times-Tribune. He may be contacted at email@example.com or at 662-429-6397, Ext. 252.