When a band is hammering out its record deal, it's not unusual to have the group's manager in the room and, likely, the act's attorney.

But who brings a pastor?

For lead vocalist Mark Hall, 44, and the members of Casting Crowns, it was a no-brainer.

Tim Dowdy, 52, is senior pastor of the 6,000-member Eagle's Landing First Baptist Church outside of Atlanta, where Hall and members of the band have continued to work while building their music career.

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