If you’ve only seen John Starnes on television programs such as Dr. Charles Stanley, John Hagee, or on Bill Gaither’s Homecoming Friends, you might not know that there is much more to this popular gospel singer than his heart-stirring music. John is also a dynamic speaker who masterfully weaves his personal testimony and good humor throughout his concerts. John Starnes has a gift for making his audiences laugh at the many idiosyncrasies of the Christian life. Because of his transparency, and a determination to not take himself too seriously, John has become a much-requested speaker at churches, conferences, and conventions all across the world.
This former lead singer of a local Atlanta, Georgia rock and roll band came to know the Lord after years of searching. Life on the road, and the temptations that came with it, proved to be an empty substitute for the love that John so desperately craved, a love that only God could give. One day, John made the life changing decision to leave the band and dedicate whatever gifts and talents he had to God and to full time ministry.
That’s still not everything there is to this multi-faceted gospel soloist who has recorded over fifteen albums. John is not only a gifted songwriter and musician but also a licensed jet and helicopter pilot. After four years of non-stop study, John realized a lifelong dream and graduated from Belmont University with a B.S. in Liberal Studies in May of 2008. Then, much to his surprise, in December of 2008, John received an honorary Doctor of Sacred Music degree from Canada Christian College in Toronto, Canada.
To this day John continues to live out the promise he made to God so long ago—to encourage the Church. “My heart is to minister to the Body of Christ as Paul says in Colossians 3:16, ‘...teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in [our] hearts to the Lord.’ I want to encourage the local church and to remind them of their worth in the kingdom of God.”
John and his wife Teresa, who recently celebrated their 30th wedding anniversary, currently live in Nashville, Tennessee. They have two grown daughters, Christia and Jessica.
John Starnes' life is a testimony to the fact that God uses ordinary people to achieve extraordinary things for His kingdom.
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