Laura Cross, Praise Team Director

Laura Cross, Praise Team Director
LCross@SalemUMC-Benton.com

Laura Cross is a longtime member of Salem UMC and was born in Benton, AR.  She met her husband Randy at the Salem Dairy Diner during her senior year in high school. She was an employee at the diner and Randy was a regular customer. Laura and Randy were married in 1978 and they have a daughter, Amanda, and son, Leigh.

Laura sang in the Bryant High School Choir as a student and has been a member of the Salem UMC Sanctuary Choir since she was twelve years old. She
graduated from Henderson State University in 1978 with a Bachelor of Science and Education Degree with a Major in Mathematics and a Minor in General Science. She has taught Mathematics at Bryant High School form 1978 to present.

Laura has sung with the Country Bands "Blue Ribbon Band" and "High Gear", as well as the Christian Contemporary Bands "Master's Plan" and "Threefold" since the age of 22.  She is currently involved in the Salem UMC Praise Team, "Carols of the Cross", and "Laura Lea and the Riff Raff Boys" bands.

Her main hobby is music and regards her musical leadership and performances at Salem UMC as "fun", not work.