Then, Faith became the minister of music at Grace Church of Kendall, in suburban Miami, pastored by John and Ann Alessi, parents of Alessi's future husband, Steve Alessi.
Mary and Steve
married a year later, and joined the elder Alessi's in co-pastoring Grace Church
As the church's choir director, Alessi was laying the foundation for her current ministry.
left to form their own congregation, Metro Life Church
, in 1997 with a handful of people.
They now have over 1,000 members and will open their new facility by Easter 2007.
"In that barren time when we were building our church, the people weren't coming right away, but the songs certainly were," Alessi recalls about her
early forays into songwriting.
"We could tell that God was getting us ready for something.
Sometime in 2002, I felt God telling me it was time to record a project."
"I was a worship leader," Alessi
, still not entirely convinced, consulted with her
husband, who immediately encouraged her
to move forward with the idea, and assured her
confidence that the money-and every resource required-would be supplied.