I currently have the privilege of serving as the Director of Sovereign Grace Music for Sovereign Grace Ministries. My main tasks include equipping pastors and musicians in the theology and practice of congregational worship, and overseeing albums produced by Sovereign Grace Music. I’m currently participating in a church plant to Louisville, KY, led by CJ Mahaney. Our first public meeting was Sept. 30, 2012.

I grew up as a Roman Catholic and planned to become a missionary priest in a third world country. Didn’t happen. When I was a freshman in college, someone from Campus Crusade shared the Gospel with me and for the first time I realized that the death of Jesus on the cross paid for ALL my sins. I turned from my sin and put my complete trust in Jesus Christ to save me from God’s wrath. After receiving a piano performance degree from Temple University in 1976, I traveled for 8 years with the contemporary Christian group GLAD, as a song writer, speaker, and arranger. I left the group in 1984, but continued writing and arranging for them until 2007. Our most well known recording is The A Cappella Project, released in 1988. I left GLAD in 1984 to pursue active involvement in the local church. I became a pastor in 1985 at Fairfax Covenant Church in Virginia, and in 1991 moved to help start what is now Crossway Community Church in Charlotte, NC.  In 1997, I moved to Covenant Life Church in Gaithersburg, Maryland to serve in my present role as Director of Sovereign Grace Music.  In June of 2012, I moved one more time , this time to Louisville, KY with Sovereign Grace Ministries, and also to help plant Sovereign Grace Church of Louisville.

I had the joy of marrying my dearest friend, Julie, in August of 1976. We now have six children, four of whom are married, and thirteen grandchildren (although that number is always changing). The picture above was taken in November of 2013.

About This Blog

While this blog is designed for those who lead worship in song (pastors, musicians, small group leaders), anyone who wants to use music and words to magnify God’s glory in Christ should find something relevant here. I don’t have a consistent pattern to my blogging, but I generally post something 1-2 times a week. All Scripture quotations, unless otherwise indicated, are from The Holy Bible, English Standard Version. Copyright ©2001 by Crossway Bibles, a division of Good News Publishers. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

My “Currently Reading” section lists what I’m interacting with at the moment. Including a book on the list isn’t necessarily an endorsement of its contents.

Full Disclosure: If clicking through an item on my blog takes you to Amazon.com and you end up purchasing something, a small percentage of that sale will go to Sovereign Grace Ministries. I direct people to vendors other than Amazon as well.

Regarding Comments

  • Please let me know your thoughts. I may edit them for clarity or brevity.
  • Please don’t use the comments section simply to promote your own blog or website.
  • I won’t always be able to respond to comments.
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  • I may delete it altogether if an attitude, recommendation, or resource isn’t something I think will be helpful to readers. This is a public forum, but one that seeks to promote the worship and glory of Jesus Christ both in content and attitude. Thanks!

17 Responses to About

  1. Susan Kienholz April 12, 2014 at 2:37 PM #

    I just returned from the T4G conference in Louisville. Wonderful, wonderful. My husband and I live in a small town in northeast Colorado and we look forward to see how God will use us as we begin those later years in life. I love music that truly worships The Lord and Music matters is New to me! Feel like I have been living under a rock. Anyway although I do not sing, I have been needed to play piano for worship. I desperately want to learn how to transition with chords from one phrase to another verse or just how to better end a song. Do you have any tutorials or book suggestions. Thank you so very very much for the worship at the conference.
    Very sincerely,
    In Christ

  2. yosa November 27, 2014 at 10:29 AM #

    Hi Bob,
    I am a worship leader ( among 3 others) at my small church in the suburb area in Jakarta City Indonesia, and i really enjoy reading your blog, this has become a really blessing for me and my team. keep up the good work .. many thanks

    • Bob Kauflin November 28, 2014 at 7:32 AM #

      Yosa, thanks for your encouraging words. So glad my blog is serving you! Thanks for proclaiming the Savior in Indonesia!

  3. Pam January 30, 2015 at 4:21 AM #

    While I am not a worship leader, I found great wisdom and understanding in your article on “entering into God’s Presence.”Coming from a charismatic and somewhat charismanic background, I am learning the tremendous benefit of sound biblical teaching and learning the balance between” experiential mysticism and dry orthodoxy.” Thankyou so much for showing us a more excellent way!


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