- About CCMS
- Prospective Students
In the mid 1990's, David Crowder was amidst his education at Baylor when he learned that more than half of the 14,000 students enrolled in the college were not attending church. This was very disturbing to him, and after many conversations with a friend of his, they decided to start a church that was college friendly. Thus, in 1996, University Baptist Church was born, which is still filled with college students today.
Crowder hoped to find a way to connect these college students to the heart of God, so he began writing songs to do so. In the process, a six-piece band formed and they eventually committed themselves entirely to music ministry. Crowder was the lead singer and songwriter for this new group, the David Crowder*Band. Eventually, an independent record was made for their church, which spread word of the band far beyond Waco, Texas. In 2002, they were signed with SixSteps Records, with which they recorded many records. In total, they released ten records and five EPs, won seventeen Dove Awards, and were even nominated for a Grammy in 2005 for Best Rock or Rap Gospel Album. They announced on May 21, 2011 that the band would end after the completion of the Fall 2011 "The 7 Tour," but their music will continue to be sung in churches for years to come.