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Lindsay and Marilyn have been serving the Lord hand-in-hand for many years, touching the lives of multiplied thousands. They have ministered in several leading churches and two major Christian academies and are grateful to the Lord for His goodness and His grace, applied lovingly to their lives.

Lindsay's first book, MUSICAL MEMOS: The Stories Behind the Hymns, was published in 1969, with an Introduction by Lee Roberson. He began to interview famous songwriters during those days and has since recorded his conversations with more than 175 composers. Those interviews and many thousands of hours of research have resulted in several other books of song stories. You will also see during your visit to this web site that he has written on many other subjects.

Marilyn worked commercially as an artist for one year following her graduation from high school before entering Tennessee Temple University. Following her graduation and subsequent marriage to Lindsay, she put the art on hold for the next twenty-five years while she concentrated on raising their children. During the next twenty years she acquired two art degrees, built art departments for two major academies and taught art on the first through grade twelve level. After retiring she has excelled in painting pictures that now hang in homes, offices, hospital rooms and public businesses in a number of states in the United States. Flagler Hospital in St. Augustine purchased eight of Marilyn's paintings to be specially framed and placed in their newly refurbished VIP rooms. The Gift Shop at the St Augustine Light House has sold more than 325 prints of one of her color paintings of the Lighthouse.

More information is given about the work of Lindsay and Marilyn in the following biographical sketches.

Bio Sketch -- Marilyn Terry

Marilyn grew up in Los Angeles, California, and holds a Secretarial Science Diploma, an Associate of Arts degree, with major courses in art, and a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree.

For many years she was active in the total church music ministry along with her husband, Lindsay. They have recorded three duet projects which have been used on national networks. She and Lindsay have led teen choirs on more than twenty mission trips to places beyond the U.S. borders.

For several years Marilyn worked successfully with children and teen Sunday school departments. One teen department, in a major church, grew in attendance from 85 to more than 300 ninth and tenth grade students.

She developed art departments for two leading Christian academies, with student enrollment ranging from 700 to 1,000, and taught art to children and teens for more than seventeen years. Her students won awards on the local, district, state and national levels.

Marilyn is represented in the Aviles Street Gallery in St. Augustine, Florida, and is a member of the St. Augustine Art Association. Tourist from numerous parts of the country come to St. Augustine and buy her art.

She has taught ladies' Bible study groups for many years, and has spoken in a number of special ladies' seminars and banquets.

Marilyn has co-written with her husband, Lindsay, on several projects for several major publishers. In most of Lindsay's published works Marilyn has played a vital role.

Bio Sketch -- Lindsay Terry

Lindsay Terry has approximately 34 books and resource manuals published. One of his six books of stories behind famous songs went to #11 on the CBA bestseller list, across the United States and Canada. Orders for Lindsay's works have come from every state in the U.S. and from many other countries and island nations.

Lindsay has been a columnist for Christianity Today in their bimonthly Today's Christian, and in Pulpit Helps, Salem Communications' Singing News, and The Communicator. Several other national periodicals often carry his articles, including The Sword of the Lord, and Baptist Bible Tribune. His articles often appear on the Christian Broadcasting Network (CBN), web sight and Christianity Today's Today's Christian Weekly. He has been a song historian for more than 40 years.

He has written for the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, the Dallas Morning News, the Tampa Tribune and the Charlotte Observer. Lindsay has spoken in numerous national conferences, including Jerry Falwell's Super Conference, on several college campuses, and in countless churches. Two of his books have been used as college texts.

In addition to his writing, Lindsay has developed music ministries for some of the leading churches in America, one of which grew to 20,000 in attendance each Sunday. He taught large Bible classes in those churches. He and his wife, Marilyn, have worked with teens as well as with college and young adult singles. They have led some 20 mission trips into other countries.

Companies which have published Terry's works include: Thomas Nelson Publishers, Hal Leonard Corporation, Charles Hansen Educational Music and Books, Kregel Publications, Integrity Publishers, Baker Book House, Benson Company, Ambassador International, Sword of the Lord Publishers, Forward Publications, American Tract Society, Good News Publishers, and Church Growth Institute. Fifteen of his projects for ATS and GNP have sold more than 10 million copies. Two of the projects are with the famed artist Thomas Kinkade, and have sold almost 3 million copies.

Lindsay and his wife, Marilyn, had two books released in March 2005 and one in 2006. Two books were recently released, one from Hal Leonard Corporation, WORSHIP SONG & STORIES: The Message Behind the Music, and another by Thomas Nelson Publishers, I COULD SING OF YOUR LOVE FOREVER: Stories Behind 100 of the World's Most Popular Worship Songs.'

Lindsay was chosen by the Florida School for the Deaf and the Blind in St. Augustine, to train and make ready a 150 voice choir from the School, which sang and signed just moments before the kickoff of Super Bowl XXXIX, in Jacksonville, Florida, February 6, 2005. Their presentation of America the Beautiful was the NFL'S method of honoring the famed singer, Ray Charles, a former student of FSDB. Rickey Minor, Music Director for the TV show American Idol, was the orchestrator and worked with Lindsay in preparing the students. Fox Network estimated that their performance was heard and seen by more than one billion people in 200 countries.

A native of Decatur, Alabama, Lindsay holds a Bachelor of Arts degree, a Master of Religious Education degree, and a Doctor of Philosophy degree. He has two honorary degrees. Lindsay and his wife, Marilyn, an award winning artist, have two sons, Drs. Rex and Lance Terry, and one daughter, Mrs. Cliff (Amy) Player. The Terrys have eight grandchildren, and now live on Anastasia Island, near St. Augustine, Florida.

 

Present Church Ministry

After more than 45 years of service in various leading churches and Christian schools in America, Lindsay and Marilyn retired and built a home on Anastasia Island in the St. Augustine, Florida area. They knew only one family, their next door neighbors.
Although Lindsay was under contract to the publishers and Marilyn wanted to pursue her art career, they knew that their church life was very important and that they must try to be of help in any way possible to some church in the area. Andrew Coleman the young pastor of Crescent Beach Baptist Church, also on Anastasia Island, asked if the Terrys would help them. They agreed to do so and started with the church, at that time meeting in a store front. They had no organized music program.
Since early 2002, when the Terrys started with the Church, a beautiful complex on 30 acres of land has been built. The attendance has grown from about 120 to near 400 on Sunday mornings. The music program has escalated to the point that they now have an adult choir membership of approximately 60, a Men's Chorus of 25 voices, a men's quartet, several outstanding soloists, a church orchestra of 15 members, and a children's choir. They have two tremendous pianists, a Baldwin Concert Grand piano and several keyboards.
Marilyn regularly taught women's Bible classes and helped greatly with the music program. Lindsay retired from the Church in the later part of 2013.

The Annual Easter Sunrise service, sponsored by CBBC, meets on Crescent Beach, near the Church. In 2007, to the present, an attendance of 5,500 have enjoyed the CBBC choir and musicians and a sermon by the Pastor. Lindsay had the task of publicizing the Sunrise service from 2004 to 2013.

 
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