This fateful day is what brought
Cullen to the axe he now plays today, a 5
string Ibanez with a natural wood finish
just like the one he had stolen. Not long
after Cullen helped create The Encounter
Project, he acquired one more instrument.
It was Christmas in 2009 when Cullen was
given one of the greatest gifts he had ever
received, A beautiful upright bass.
Although this particular bass is much more
difficult to travel with, it is used for
studio recording as well as live acoustic
and full band shows to add a unique dynamic
to many of the bands songs.
After several years of playing worship
music at DSUMC Cullen graduated and grew
out of the youth group. It was time for
Strange to take his talents for music and
worship needed somewhere else. In 2009 he
joined the band Restored and began leading
worship at a small church that had just
been planted in Lakeway, Texas. Restored
was together for almost a year before
deciding to go their own ways. It wasn't
long before Strange introduced Robin
Mordecai to his new project members,
Chenault and Jacob Wade, and though they
were not aware at the time, The Encounter
Project had been formed while standing in
the living room on a warm summer evening.
Aside from his music, Cullen is also
working towards becoming a firefighter.
Working part time as a lifeguard has given
him an edge when he beginning his EMT
certification classes. Currently, Strange
is completing his required EMT training
while simultaneously preparing for Fire
Fighter School. Cullen attributes the
things he has been able to accomplish in
music and every aspect of his life to the
loving support of his friends, family, and
church community. In his time away from
studying and playing music, Cullen enjoys
playing soccer, wrestling with his dogs,
and simply spending time with friends.