Music, laughter, praise and applause were the backdrop at Crossings Community Church as Sandi Patty and friends shared the joy that comes from serving the Lord.
Patty, an Oklahoma native who recently returned after spending most of her life in Indiana, is known as contemporary gospel music royalty. But Tuesday, crown-wearing Katie Stam, a former Miss Indiana who won the Miss America title in January while singing "Via Dolorosa,” a song most associated with Patty, matched her mentor note for note in their expressive, technically superb duet. Comedian Anita Renfroe brought down the house as she hobbled onto the stage using a walker (she’d injured herself recently) and proceeded to say what most of the audience may have been thinking but wouldn’t say aloud. She hilariously but without a touch of malice commented on a video that showed the thigh-high slit in the gown Stam wore as she took her first Miss America stroll and also about the young woman’s slender physique, warning it would not last and providing examples from experience. Religion and Values Blog: Read more from Gilliland