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We're wrapping up a series we've been doing for the past two years: alternative ways of worshiping.

We've done everything from pole dancing for Jesus, cowboy church, biker church, a tattoo ministry and dog ministry.

Now, it's a ballroom dance ministry.

It's not quite "Dancing with the Stars".  It's more like dancing for Jesus.  At Steps in Faith Ballroom Dance Ministry in Willis, it's all about putting rhythm in your walk because it's God's will.

Gene Cook has been a ballroom dance teacher for years now.  He studied in Dallas, taught on cruise ships, and even had his own studio in Tyler, Texas.

"The hardest part about teaching ballroom dance was the money side of it.  That was the hard part for me, I didn't like that side of the business, that part took me out of the business," said Gene.

Two years ago, he had a vision.

"The only thing I could remember was ballroom dance ministry," said Gene.

Free ballroom dance classes and spreading the word of God.  Steps in Faith Ministry was born.

"I learned in researching and reading the Bible-dancing is in there.  David, when he danced for Jesus, of course he was wearing a loin cloth and we do more than that.  We use praise and worship music to teach and dance and having people realize these dances can be done to any type of music," said Gene.

Of course the popularity of shows like "Dancing with the Stars" helps a bit too.

"I've always wanted to learn how to dance.  I'm very excited and I'm very nervous," said beginner J.R. Colgrove.

"Losing weight, getting in shape, having fun," said Gene.

A lot of fun: Gene unexpectedly pulled me out onto the dance floor!

"With the lessons it's a time to smile.  I love the songs that mention dancing before the Lord," said dance student Vicki Newton.

"It's being able to love and teach people what they want to do without all the money involved.  People come in and realize it's not suit and tie, you can have fun and be themselves, we love them just as they are," said teaching assistant Cory Bryant.

Teaching people about dance and teaching people about Jesus, one step at a time.

"There's been many times people have come to me after classes and wanted to know about the Lord and I was able to share it with them and people have been saved after dance classes before," said Gene.

The ministry is totally mobile, so if you're part of some church or organization and you have an event, Gene and his crew will come to you.

For more info, you can call Gene at 936-499-5587.  You can email him at or you can visit their website at

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