Grammy Award-winning Christian singer-songwriter Steven Curtis Chapman led a chapel service for students, faculty and parents Tuesday during a visit to Christian Academy of Knoxville.
During the service, Chapman encouraged the students to use their gifts and follow their dreams.
"We worked at it and got better at it, but at the core it's really a gift. I think it's really important that those of us with a gift really take opportunities to encourage others on their journey as well," he said.
Musician David Platillero, a CAK graduate, performed with Chapman during the chapel service.
Platillero suffered a severe spinal cord injury in April 2016 when he was hit by a distracted driver while biking home. The accident left him paralyzed from the waist down.
He's gone through months of rehabilitation, and was welcomed back to CAK with a standing ovation Tuesday.
Platillero said it was "mind-blowing" sharing the stage with Chapman.
"It was really, really fun to meet him and to get to play with him, and more than that, just like actually get to relate to him on kind of a human-to-human level, not like a fan to superstar level. That part of it was probably my favorite so far," he said.
Chapman kicks off a new US tour in February.