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UC’s Drama Team Shows Love for God in Motion


Williamsburg, Ky. - The University of the Cumberlands’ (UC) Baptist Campus Ministries’ (BCM) drama team enjoys putting their love for God into motion. The 28 dedicated students who are led and directed by senior, Mary Beth Lee (Harlan, Ky.), practice weekly and appreciate every second of their time together as they create routines to worship the Lord. The drama team leader and Harlan, Kentucky native said, “It is fun to share the gospel through music and interpretive movement.”

This group of spiritually driven young adults has already changed many lives around Kentucky and has no plans of slowing down any time soon. They are serving God in a beautiful way. The drama team performs interpretive movements, similar to dancing, to the rhythm of Christian music. They also perform skits that teach others the word of God through ways of entertainment.

They show God’s love through motion at selected convocations, campus worships, and often times travel to other churches or schools. UC’s drama team is alive in God and they want to spread His love in every way possible.

Every time the UC drama team takes the time to spread their love of Jesus to others, it is an amazing time of worship and lives are touched. One performance that created a burst of Jesus in the students’ hearts is one they did about two years ago at Harlan County High School in Harlan, Kentucky when they visited the school’s First Priority group. That day, God spoke to the high school students through UC’s drama team as they gracefully moved their bodies to the word of God’s everlasting love and astonishments. Nearly thirty young lives were saved that day as the students sat aside their embarrassment and shame and walked in front of their peers and asked Jesus to be their personal Lord and Savior. “It is so great to see so many students come to Jesus and ask for salvation,” said BCM Director, Dean Whitaker.

Drama team member, Patrick Rowe from Lawrenceburg, Kentucky, said, “I have been doing this for five semesters and I really love it. Every time we perform drama, we are worshiping God. It is good to be able to be with brothers and sisters and give God the glory as we grow in Him.”

Drama Team Leader, Mary Beth Lee is excited to make another visit to her hometown of Harlan to perform on March 22,, 2013 for the First Priority groups at Harlan Independent and Harlan County High School. They are praying that God will work through them, their actions, and their words and guide them through the steps in order to properly and effectively relay God’s love and promise to the students in hope of salvation for all.

“Our drama team is a way to worship in fun and different ways. Drama is our way of ministering to our generation and it works. Getting up and moving, dancing and acting are wonderful visuals and are great ways to minister,” explained Mary Beth.

BCM president, Kelsey Day (Harlan, Ky.), expressed her love and enthusiasm for the work she and her team members are doing through the drama team. “It has really opened my eyes to new ways we can worship God,” said Kelsey. “I love to dance and we can lead students to God this way. God set me free of my sins and I can help give that gift to others. We’ve touched a lot of people and God has used our ministries. It’s been really cool.”

The University of the Cumberlands drama team is ecstatic over the difference they have already made in so many students’ lives and they are ready to bring more people to God through their ministry.

On March 1-2, the team performed at the Kentucky Baptist Convention’s (KBC) Creative Ministries Festival. Still to do on their list besides their trip to Harlan is two performances on UC’s campus at the United Campus Worship Service. Those are scheduled for April 11 and 25th.

Current team members include: Mary Beth Lee, Kelsey Day, Roxie Blankenship (Scottsville, Ky.), Jonathan Ssenkooto (Louisville, Ky.), Abbey Cherry (Cincinnati, Oh.), Eric Wright (London, Ky.), Auburnleigh Debruler (Lawrenceburg, Ky.), Chelsea Moberly (Berea, Ky.), Haley Ferguson (Hawesville, Ky.), Jasmine Newport (Sparta, Tenn.), Katie Turk (Bowling Green, Ky.), Kayla Smith (Williamsburg, Ky.), Keigan Gregory (Hindman, Ky.), Lee Sharp (Paris, Ky.), Lisa Jones (Richmond, Ky.), Luke Atkeson (Columbus, Oh.), Patrick Rowe (Lawrenceburg, Ky.), Sara Donahue (Harlan, Ky.), Terra Baker (London, Ky.), Tess Henderson (Pippa Passes, Ky.), and Julie Paris (Ashland, Ky.).

For more information on the BCM Drama team contact Dean Whitaker at

Located in Williamsburg, Ky., University of the Cumberlands is an institution of regional distinction, which currently offers four undergraduate degrees more than 40 major fields of study; nine pre-professional programs; seven graduate degrees, including a doctorate and six master’s degrees; certifications in education; and online programs.