In a recent meeting with Word record label family, Terry Jones announced her departure as part of premiere vocal group Point of Grace.
"For sometime now, and after much prayer and counsel, I have felt God calling me to be home and retire from Point of Grace. With three young children and a wonderful husband at home, it has become increasingly more difficult to juggle it all, and my desire is for me to be the mommy and wife I want to be for my family and myself. My husband Chris has always shown me nothing but amazing support for my career and ministry, and now we are in full agreement that God desires for us to simplify things," said Jones. "For over 13 years Heather, Shelley and Denise have been my sisters and our relationships are very strong. I am not leaving my relationship with the girls but will now be supporting them in a different way. Point of Grace will always be a part of my heart and my soul."
Jones will continue performing with Point of Grace through March 1st, 2004 including the upcoming Michael W. Smith Christmas tour beginning November 29th.
Plans for the next studio recording as well as additional Girls of Grace Conferences are well underway for next year. Upon Terry's exit from Point of Grace, long-time friend Leigh Cappillino will step in to fill the fourth spot.
"It was important for the four of us to unanimously agree on who would be the perfect person to continue the call that God has for Point of Grace," said Denise Jones. "As we sought God's direction, it became abundantly clear that Leigh was the obvious choice. Heather, Shelley, and I felt it was imperative that Terry be as comfortable and at peace with the decision with the new member as we were. We are so thankful that this is the case with Leigh. She is not only extremely talented, but her integrity, love for people, and heart for the Lord have been incredible for us to watch over the years and we welcome her into our family."
Recognized as one of today's premiere music groups, Point Of Grace currently has a total of 26 #1 radio singles, 24 of those being consecutive #1's on the AC chart, a feat unmatched by any artist in any genre of music. This quartet's history also includes a RIAA certified platinum album for life, love and other mysteries, five gold records, national television appearances, three devotional and autobiographical books, consistent Billboard charting action, GRAMMY nominations, numerous Dove awards and a host of nationally headlined tours. Girls of Grace, a teen girls conference emphasizing a renewed self-confidence and better understanding of Christ, has already had over 65,000 girls attend nationwide.
"I am excited for the future of what I was able to begin and be part of for many wonderful years. The girls feel God's calling on them to continue on and are dedicated to that calling," added Jones. "We ask for your prayers and understanding with us as we all go through this transition."