Now known as a worship leader, Casey Darnell's first career ambition was to play basketball. God, it seems, had other plans. His not-quite-NBA-height-5'9" frame led him in another direction: his love for students led to working with camps, and at one, he got his start singing("to impress a girl," he says).
Early performances were to accompaniment tapes of Michael W. Smith and Steven Curtis Chapman. He later helped his former youth pastor start a church and there met his wife, Anisa, who first exposed him to modern worship music.
Now ten years later, between leading worship at North Point's campuses across Atlanta and traveling the country to sing or lead worship for events, Darnell makes time to work with Lighthouse Family Retreat, a weeklong retreat for families of kids who have cancer. The organization hosts the retreats through the spring, summer, and fall on the Florida coast. "My job is hosting and singing and being a goofball, if necessary, to help these families laugh again,reconnect, and find hope in God," he says.