From left, Kayla, Phil and Pam Morgan bring their Take a Stand Tour around the U.S., with Phil and Pam playing in Austin. -- Photo provided
From left, Kayla, Phil and Pam Morgan bring their Take a Stand Tour around the U.S., with Phil and Pam playing in Austin. -- Photo provided

Missouri act brings gospel, faith and inspiration to Austin

Published 10:43am Friday, November 1, 2013

Phil and Pam Morgan worked on another song for their upcoming album Wednesday in Missouri. In a way, it’s another “thank you” to God, and a gift they hope to share with others of faith.

While that song may not be ready for a while, guests at Austin Church of Christ will hear plenty of the couple’s gospel music and stories of faith and triumph when they visit at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 6. The Morgans are in the middle of their Take a Stand Tour, going all over the Midwest, spreading hope and joy. Standing, you see, is something Pam shouldn’t have been able to do after an accident years ago.

On June 4, 2000, Phil and Pam were traveling in the midst of an exhausting schedule when Phil’s eyes got heavy. The vehicle drifted and crashed. Phil broke his collarbone. The Morgans’ two children, Kayla and Alisha, 5 and 2 at the time, were OK. But Pam was ejected from the vehicle, down the road with audio equipment and wreckage strewn about. She was paralyzed. Doctors said she wouldn’t walk again, but she did.

“I think it adds a unique aspect to our ministry,” Phil said. “The miracle of Pam being able to walk is documented by doctors. There is no way medically that she should be able to walk, and she does.”

The whole event didn’t change their faith because that was already strong.

“I would say our beliefs haven’t changed at all, but it has added an incredible amount of validity to what we’ve said,” Phil said.

However, it is a big part of their message and a way for them to connect with people who are looking for hope. Miracles can happen.

Among inspiring vocals, guitar and piano, audiences get to hear the Morgans’ story of faith. Because they’ve been through near tragedy, they can connect a little more with others who are struggling.

“Everybody is looking for proof, you might say, that scripture is true,” Pam said. “And we are living proof.”

Of course, hearing hundreds of inspiring stories from others while on the road keeps them going, too.

“That’s an encouragement right back to us,” Pam said. “We need that.”

Next Wednesday won’t be the first time in Austin for the Morgans. They’ve previously performed at Austin Church of Christ twice, in 2004 and 2005.

“We do about 120 concerts a year,” Phil said. “We really only take a couple weeks off for Christmas. Other than that, we’re out pretty much every week.”

The Morgans, from Missouri, tour heavily in the Midwest. It’s hard for Phil to describe the music, as it takes aspects of traditional gospel, country, blues and more.

“It’s kind of an upbeat blend of inspirational music,” Phil said. “It’s fun.”

The couple have more shows in Minnesota, as well. At Wednesday’s performance, guests will have a chance to meet the Morgans after the show and get copies of their albums and Pam’s book, as well. The show, at 103 Second St. SW, is free and open to the public with a free-will offering.

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