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WHEN: 7 p.m. Saturday
WHERE: Charleston Civic Center
TICKETS: $17, $27.50, $37.50 and $77
INFO: 800-745-3000 or www.ticketmaster.com
CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Part of the dream of being a star is that you get to give up the day job. You don't have to deliver pizzas anymore. You don't have to teach guitar lessons or do whatever it is you do to pay the rent while you pursue those dreams of fame and fortune. After you make it big, you can give it up and do what you've always dreamed.
Mark Hall, singer for Casting Crowns, never gave up his day job -- and, really, never wants to.
Along with fronting the Grammy and multiple Dove award-winning band, which performs Saturday at the Civic Center, Hall is a youth pastor at Eagle's Landing First Baptist Church in McDonough, Ga., a medium-sized town 30 miles from Atlanta. Sunday through Wednesday, he works at his church, ministering to the spiritual needs of about 400 teens.
"Wednesday night is youth group night," Hall said. "It's our big teaching night. We call it 'Fire By Night.' We have that, then we [the band] get on the bus around midnight and head out."
That's when he punches the clock on his job as the front man for the contemporary Christian rock band.
"We travel and perform Thursday, Friday and Saturday, and roll back into town Sunday morning," he said.
He usually sleeps on the bus.
With his youth ministry, Hall leads services and keeps regular office hours at the church, which might sound strange for someone with his level of success. When it debuted, the band's current album, "Come to the Well," was No. 2 on the Billboard 200, second only to Adele's "21."
Still, Hall loves what he does. So much so that it's hard to say precisely which job title, performer or pastor, he considers his actual day job.