Sarah DeLane is not your typical concert performer. Response to her gospel-flavored sound has been overwhelmingly favorable. But Sarah unabashedly strives for a goal that goes far beyond entertainment: drawing people closer to the Lord.
While Sarah’s early love for music has never faded, her mission and ministry has evolved greatly. This evolution is the result of a willingness to be used by God wherever He has chosen to lead. This willingness began early, when at the age of seven, Sarah and her family were invited to travel overseas with Chinese Evangelist, Dr. Nora Lam (China Cry). During that time, Sarah developed a deep love for Asia and its people. That love continues to grow, and she still travels as a missionary to Asia. Her singing has taken her all over Asia, India, Israel, Panama, Canada and the United States. For Eight years she traveled with Music Evangelist, Nancy Harmon.
Sarah was part of the successful Gaither Homecoming Tour, led by renowned songwriter, Bill Gaither. For six years Sarah had been a part of the Homecoming Tour which gave her the opportunity to share her music and her mission with more than a million people.
One of her greatest joys was being a Music Pastor and on the Executive Pastoral Staff for Tennessee’s largest Assembly of God church; Cornerstone Church with Pastor Maury Davis. With over 200 in the choir and band, for five and 1/2 years Sarah had the privilege to lead worship every week, oversee major events and illustrated sermons which drew thousands to Christ. Sarah began to develop worship leaders to serve the local church and to teach them to put ministry before artistry. Sarah ministered to people on a personal level that has seasoned her for even more ministry ahead.
Today the Portland, Oregon native makes her home in Hendersonville, Tennessee. with her husband, Kelly Back who is a successful studio musician and can been seen each week playing lead guitar on the successful Huckabee Show. Combining their musical skills, they are currently writing in preparation for their new CD release. Sarah continues to go to remote areas, encouraging the forgotten through music, teaching, prayer and by hand-carrying to them materials so desperately needed…”drawing people closer to the Lord”.
Kelly and Sarah are faithful members of The Fireplace Fellowship under the leadership of Pastors Robb and Shanda Tripp.
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His professionalism, character, and talent established him as one of Nashville’s leading guitar session players. In the last 29 years, Back has been recorded on over, a jaw-dropping, 25,000 songs and he shows no sign of slowing down. His music has taken him all over the United States, Australia, Canada, and Thailand.
Back continues to share his music, keeping a busy schedule in the many Nashville area studios. Kelly Back can be seen on RFD-TV’s, The Music City Show, where he leads The Blue Jean Band, viewed weekly in over 100 million homes. You can also watch Kelly on The Mike Huckabee Show every Saturday night on TBN. (Potentially over 1 billion viewers.) If you’ve seen any of the Gaither Homecoming Videos, you’ve seen Kelly Back.
The Ohio native now makes his home in Hendersonville, Tennessee with his wife, Sarah DeLane Back. He can be heard nearly every week contributing his musical skills at his local church, where he also serves as a Care Pastor.
Ann Culbertson has had a career in a fortune 500 company for many years. Her administrative and business skills contribute greatly to SDM. Not only does she bring knowledge, but a wealth of wisdom from working with two other successful non-profits throughout the years. Sarah affectionately calls Ann her “other mother” as Ann let Sarah live with her when she began traveling with Nancy Harmon at 14 years of age. Ann has been a tremendous support to Sarah and her ministry and we are so grateful to have her serving on the board. Ann lives in California and teaches a weekly Bible Study in her area.
Larry Sitzes is an intensely focused worship leader who blesses the Lord through robust R&B Gospel and worship music. He is a gifted singer, worship leader, and recording artist who brings to the table over 30 years of experience and dedication.He is a Nashville based singer, songwriter, and producer. Larry is also an ordained minister with a degree in Christian leadership. He has traveled throughout the United States singing and ministering in churches, concerts, conferences, telethons, crusades, district councils, high school and college assemblies.