Thursday, 03 March 2016 08:17

Chris King: Director of Bands, Prattville High School

Written by  Jason Watson
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RRJ:  When do you first remember recognizing your need for Christ’s offer of salvation?


I first remember knowing I needed a Savior early in life.  As a child, I attended Vacation Bible School and church when I visited my grandparents, but didn’t attend church regularly.  I started attending church regularly and got involved in campus ministries when I went to college at Auburn.  Through the guidance of campus ministers, Christian peers, and the emergence and popularity of the Contemporary Christian Music genre, I recognized my need for a personal relationship with my Savior.


RRJ: How did your life compare before and after you placed your faith in Christ?


I remember having a sense of hope going forward to the future.  I didn’t understand what that might mean exactly, but I had hope that it would be something good. 


RRJ: A lot of time has passed between then and now. Has your faith changed over time?


Yes, I have been able to look back and see how God has used people and situations in my life to teach me His ways.  I admit that I haven’t always agreed or understood at the time, but I have grown in faith and in maturity to see how all has worked toward His greater good.


RRJ: Based on your experience, what two things would you encourage our readers do in order to grow in their faith, and why? 


Know that God loves you and only wants your best.  He doesn’t care if you are perfect.  His grace and mercy is sufficient for all sinners.  Those of you who have children know that just like you want a relationship with your children, God wants that same relationship with His children.  He wants us to talk with Him, take walks with Him, and spend time with Him.   


RRJ: In 2013 you became Director of Bands at Prattville High School, but you have worked musically with kids for many years.  What led you to want to teach band students?


I was not going to be an educator when I began college.  I was pursuing a degree in Electrical Engineering.  Many had advised me not to be in education because there were other professions in which you could make a better living.  After a few years and through my participation in drum and bugle corps and the Auburn Band, I discovered that I wanted to be a music educator.  I knew that it was about loving your job and not about the amount on the paycheck.   


RRJ: For many years now people have discussed the dilemma of faith in public schools.  Do you find it difficult to live out your faith as a public school teacher? 


I feel that as an educator I have an obligation to teach more than a curriculum.  I believe we must live our lives according to our own convictions.  We can’t force people to believe one way or another.  I can only live my life and pray that I can be that positive influence that points them to Jesus.   


RRJ: How does your faith show up in your classroom and in the school hallways? 


As a band director, I spend more time with my students than the regular classroom teacher.  Much like my family, my students get to see me at my worst and at my best.  I believe our faith is determined by knowing that we are imperfect.  Kids need to know that teachers don’t see themselves as more than human.  They appreciate honesty when things don’t go our way.  It is important that they see us living our faith whether times are good or bad.  This is where our lives minister to others.


RRJ: I was in the school band and still remember fondly our director’s influence on my life.  Young people are impressionable.  How do you hope to influence your students?


I remember how hard it was to be a kid.  Life changes rapidly when you are young.  Kids need to know first that someone cares about them.  Being a part of an organization like the band can be important during these years of change.  Band was a family for me as a teenager and I see the positive impact that it has in kids’ development mentally, physically, and emotionally.  I want to be a part of giving kids a positive experience that could help them in whatever career that they may pursue. I know that my students will look back on the time they spent in band with fond memories of the relationships made.  I can only hope that maybe I taught them a life lesson or two along the way.


Chris King is Director of Bands at Prattville High School. Chris & his wife, Kim, reside in Prattville with their three daughters: Ashtyn Grace (14), Emma Claire (11) and Audrey Kate (9). The Kings are active members at First United Methodist Prattville.



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Jason Watson

Jason Watson

For nearly twenty years Jason has been discipling individuals and families across the River Region with the good news that Jesus has made a way for us to become fully human again - to live free from sin's curse now and one day to be fully restored in the New Heaven and Earth.  He served on the staff of Frazer UMC and Grace Presbyterian until he, together with his wife DeAnne, decided to devote themselves full-time to publishing River Region's Journey.  Jason now serves as an Elder in his church and publishes local faith and family magazines in several Alabama cities.

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