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Craig native comes home with message of love, hope

Darian Warden
Collin Stoddard, a Craig native and Christian recording artist, spoke about his experiences touring with the band 33Miles, his family and involvement in the Christian charity Food for the Hungry in a performance Thursday at The Journey at First Baptist.
Mary Austin

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“I thought the performance was great. He’s so funny. I love the way he brought the message.”

— Tammy Curtis, an audience member Thursday night at The Journey at First Baptist in Craig, about Collin Stoddard's performance

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For more information about Collin Stoddard, a Craig native and Christian singer/songwriter, and his ministry, visit collinstoddard.com/home.cfm.

Quotable

“I thought the performance was great. He’s so funny. I love the way he brought the message.”

— Tammy Curtis, an audience member Thursday night at The Journey at First Baptist in Craig, about Collin Stoddard’s performance

Collin Stoddard, a Craig native and Christian singer/songwriter, began his performance Thursday night by asking for a show of hands of those in the audience.

He wanted to know how many people had changed his diaper as an infant.

“I bet there are less hands down that haven’t than have,” Stoddard joked.

Stoddard performed a concert featuring songs from his new album, “Fight for Me,” at The Journey at First Baptist Church for an audience of about 100 people.

Stoddard’s hour performance was a timeline of his life through a series of songs. “Aspen Trees” was a love song to his wife, and “Little Man” was a welcoming song to his son, Palmer.

Throughout the night, Stoddard wove bits of his Craig heritage into his songs. Although he lives in Indiana, he said he and his family hope to one day make it back to Colorado.

Stoddard said playing for family and friends can be more nerve-racking than larger audiences of people he doesn’t know.

“My wife said she thought it should be easier, but it’s super stressful,” he said.

After leaving the group, 33Miles, for which he played keyboard and performed vocals, Stoddard became the worship pastor for Grace Church in Indiana.

Stoddard said he left the band after realizing he had prioritized things in his life the wrong way. Traveling with the group kept him away from his family, which was in Tennessee at the time.

After the birth of daughter Gabby, he knew things had to change.

“I was standing up on stage singing songs about only living once and doing the right thing every night and knew I wasn’t doing it myself,” Stoddard said. “My priorities are God, family and then my job.”

Although he’s now able to spend more time with his family, Stoddard is still creating music and sharing his message about the organization he represents, Food for the Hungry.

Food for the Hungry, a child sponsorship program, provides assistance in shelter, food and clothing to survivors of natural disasters, along with long-term work to help children in impoverished communities.

Stoddard shared his story of a trip to Guatemala to meet his family’s sponsor child, Sebastian. The experience changed his outlook on life.

“We are absolutely the same. God just decided I should be born in America and Sebastian in Guatemala,” Stoddard said.

Stoddard closed Thursday night’s performance by imploring those in the audience to consider sponsoring a child.

“I thought the performance was great,” audience member Tammy Curtis said. “He’s so funny. I love the way he brought the message.”

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