Lee Behnken, of Brookville, Ohio, USA, began singing and playing his guitar at the age of 11. Throughout most of his childhood and teenage years, Lee developed his guitar skills and rich vocals through involvement with church groups and gospel musicians. These early years of musical training, coupled with an earnest desire to grow in the wisdom and knowledge of God's Word, provided a solid foundation for Lee's music ministry.
A psychology graduate from the University of Cincinnati, Lee has always desired to play a role in the mending of broken hearts and lives. After graduation, Lee felt the counseling occupation just didn't seem to hold the answers for his life or the lives of others he so longed to touch. It was when he began to see that ultimate healing is found through the salvation of knowing God and what He has done, that Lee Behnken Ministries was born. Since that time, Behnken's life has been dedicated to sharing the gospel as a music evangelist and worship leader, bringing the message of our only hope, the hope that restores mankind to completeness through Jesus Christ.
Today, he is an accomplished song writer/producer/concert artist, combining his musical abilities with an evangelistic focus. In 1988 Lee produced his first album titled "A Boy and His Guitar." He released three songs nationally in the USA and was successful on contemporary Christian radio charts. Since then, Lee has released 5 more projects as well as an aggressive music video with the song "The Christian Anthem", which is dedicated to our children in public schools.
Lee's cry-from-the-soul lyrics and accoustic guitar performances have captivated audiences around the world. His missionary spirit has led him in cutting new trails through Russia, Siberia and the Far East, being the first American to perform in newly opened cities. In Central Asia's Uzbekistan, you can find Lee's picture in the Samarakand city museum in honor of his historical performances.
In the Fall of 1996, 1997, and 1998 Lee toured the Philippine Islands with his entire band and witnessed 1000's of unbelievers give their hearts to the Lord. And in January of 2000, Lee appeared on a first-time, one-of-a-kind television program in China, featuring contemporary Christian music during the Chinese New Year celebrations. Lee presented Christian music during a 90-minute musical show on national Chinese television for the first time in that country's history, which received some of the best viewer ratings that network has ever received.
On March 29, 2003, Lee, along with his band and the Miami Valley Christian Orchestra, presented "On Earth as it is in Heaven...there is hope in Jesus - an evening of praise and worship" at the Nutter Center in Dayton, Ohio. This event was unprecedented in Christian music history as more than 100 church denominations, ministries, and Christian organizations came together for a unified praise and worship concert. This event was fully documented and became the first live cd, dvd, and video in Lee's repertoir.
Nearly all seven of the albums Behnken has produced to date are compiled of original songs consisting of soulfully-inspired messages leading the listener to the Lord. "I also love to write and use praise and worship songs. My songs are mostly inspired by my love for the Lord and the needs of the people. To lead people to worship the Lord are ultimately what Psalms, choruses, hymns and spiritual songs are all about," he said.