THE EMERGING SOUND is a unique community of worship leaders, songwriters, artists and creatives who serve in many different capacities and lay a foundation for creative ministry alongside an amazing team of People & Songs artists in LaPorte, Indiana. 


THE VISION: Jesus told us in the scriptures what His vision is: A pure and spotless Bride without wrinkle; who is filled with joy; living out Jesus’ final requests; fulfilling the great commission; and eagerly and wisely seeking His return. The Bride, as His co-heir representative is the most powerful voice on the planet. With His name, His blood, His Truth, His Spirit, His authority, His provision, His promises, His protection and His seal. We have everything we need to do everything He has asked and therefore, we will.

Eph 5:27 John 15:1-11,16:24, Prov 31:25, Ps 57:8,Ps 149:5-9 John 17:8-26 Matt 28:18-20 Matthew 25, 1 Thess. 1:4, Rev 1:4-7, Rev 22:17 Rom 8:17 Mark 11:23, John14:12-14 Phil 2:9-11 Rev 12:11 2 Tim 3:16, Romans 1:16 Acts 2:17-21, Matt 28:18-20 Matt 10:1, 8, 1 John 5:14, Matt 28:18-20 Exodus 13:21-22, John 6:31-35, Matt 6:25-34, Matt 28:18-20 2 Cor 1:20, 7:1, 2 Pet 3:9, Matt 28:18-20 Ps 3:3, Exodus 13:21-22, Matt 26:52-54, Matt 28:18-20 2 Peter 1:3-4

WHO WE ARE:  God has put desire for biblical unity in us, and a longing to see the Church become one in faith, in hope, and in one calling. Each of us are:

  • Representatives of varying denominations called to walk together and demonstrate healthy unity in Christ (1 Cor 12, Eph 3).

  • Differing in stylistic expressions of worship but together seeking to serve the Church generationally, denominationally, and culturally. (Jn 13:34,17)

  • Leaders called to strengthen and train leaders, who in turn, use what they’ve gained to strengthen and train other leaders (Mt 28:18-20).

  • In agreement on basic tenets of the faith (see "WE BELIEVE" below). We will have differences, but unless those differences give us biblical direction to divide, we will walk in unity (Heb 6:1-3).

WE BELIEVE: We believe that the Church is made up of born-again believers (John 3:1-23) who profess Jesus Christ and Jesus Christ alone as the way to the Father (John 14:6). Each believer has differing life experiences, personalities, levels of maturity, cultural differences, and denominational vantage points. Each believer is responsible to work out their own salvation (Phil 2:12-13), through the power of the Holy Spirit informed by and in submission to the Word of God.

People & Songs wholeheartedly agree on these core statements of faith:

  • We believe in One God who is The Father, Jesus Christ the Son, and the Holy Spirit

  • We believe God created the world

  • We believe Jesus was conceived by the Holy Spirit and born of the virgin Mary

  • We believe Jesus humbled Himself to death and was crucified on a cross as the sacrificial Lamb of God for our sins

  • We believe He was buried in a tomb and He rose from the dead three days later

  • We believe Christ ascended to heaven and will come again one day to judge the living and the dead

  • We believe The Holy Spirit conforms and empowers us to live and be like Jesus

  • We believe God forgives those who repent and He saves us to have eternal life through faith in Jesus Christ alone

  • We believe in the resurrection of the saints and life in the world to come

  • We believe the long-awaited and only Messiah is Jesus Christ the Lord. There has never been another nor will there ever be.

  • We believe The Bible is the Word of God

HOW WE GOT HERE: Late in 2016, Darrin & Jennie Riddle relocated their family and community to beautiful La Porte, Indiana to establish a long-awaited dream-come-true ministry headquarters for People & Songs and The Emerging Sound. God gave Darrin and Jennie a dream for a residential ministry hub back in 1988; A place where Kingdom workers could find rest, training and connection with other creative, like-minded servants. The miraculous stewardship of the iconic and historic Ruth C. Sabin Home is the culmination of almost 3 decades of waiting, praying, working, trusting and growing in the Lord.