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Will Yates

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Will Yates – Lead Worship Pastor  

Phone: 972.547.7014
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What I Do:
I help lead our church in worship each week, and get to work with a wonderful group of people who help make that happen at all of our locations. My hope is that everything we do will point people towards the life-changing power of our Heavenly Father through worship.

What I Love About Christ Fellowship:
I love the open and authentic environment within the staff, the commitment to genuinely knowing more and more of who the Lord is, and mostly, what a loud bunch of worshippers we have here!

How I Ended Up at Christ Fellowship:
It’s a LONG story, but in a nutshell, through a series of unbelievable connections that are far too coincidental to be anything other than perfectly orchestrated by the Lord.

Before Christ Fellowship:
My wife Crystal and I have been worship leaders since before we were married. We’re originally from two VERY small towns in the Florida panhandle, that both sides of our families founded. In 2010, God opened some doors that allowed us to move to McKinney, and after being here for a very short while it felt like home to us. So we always tell people that we got to Texas as fast as we could.

How I Met Jesus:
I grew up in a strong denominational background, so I had a lot of head knowledge of the Bible. But one summer after high school, I went with a friend to a big Christian concert festival in Atlanta Georgia. At the end of the night, they had a candlelighting moment, and looking back at over 25,000 people across the hillside, with their candles raised high, singing and worshipping loudly, I realized that I felt really out of place. Here were all of these people, authentically singing to someone that I really didn’t know, even though my whole life I thought I was supposed to. I realized later that was actually the Holy Spirit working in my heart, and truly accepted Christ for who He really is that night. It’s one of the reasons I get a little teary-eyed when we do the candlelighting moments at the end of our Christmas Eve services.

Favorite Bible Verse:
1 John 3:20- “For if our hearts condemn us, God is greater than our hearts, and knows all things”

Grilling/smoking, LOVE traveling to new places, and of course, playing guitar.

Random Fun Fact:
I have an affinity for cheesy kung-fu movies =>