Bob Fitts has been leading worship since his senior year at Corona (CA) High School. It was then that his life was radically changed from one of a "church goer" (his father, Bob Fitts, Sr. was the pastor) to one who was totally sold out to Jesus. It was also then that he met Kathy, his wife of 27 years. Following high school, he received his Bachelor's degree in Christian Ministries from Melodyland School of Theology in Anaheim while serving as youth pastor in Riverside, California. In 1981, Bob and Kathy took a sabbatical from youth ministry to attend Youth With A Mission's Discipleship Training School (DTS) in Kona, Hawaii. The following year, they moved to Kona and began leading DTS. Bob's ministry as a songwriter started when he was asked to sing at a small local church. Not knowing what to sing, he wrote a song, "Blessed Be The Lord God Almighty" the night before. More new songs followed. Bob wasn't traveling at that time, but his songs went out because of the nations coming through the doors of YWAM's training center in Kona. Soon they were being sung all over the world. His first "recording studio" was a one-mic setup in the lecture room while dinner was being prepared and dishes clanged in the background.
Four years later, Bob became the worship coordinator for YWAM's University of the Nations' Kona campus. At the same time he began traveling worldwide to lead worship concerts and teach in seminars. He recorded his first solo project, Take My Healing to the Nations, and in 1988 he came to the attention of Integrity Music, which was looking for a worship leader involved in missions. After recording The Lord Reigns with them in Kona, Bob began working with Integrity Music as a song writer. In 1990, he and Kathy pioneered the School of Worship at the U of N Kona campus, and it has now multiplied to nearly 20 locations! By 1993, Bob's ministry to the nations had increased to the point of needing to focus energies there. He turned over the leadership both of the Schools of Worship and the worship coordinator position, but has continued to be a guest worship leader and regular speaker in the schools since that time.
Last year, Alabaster Ministries, a benevolence ministry to fatherless and widows that Bob and Kathy founded, became aligned with Integrity Worship Ministries. In Bob's teaching and in his numerous recordings, the themes of hope, encouragement and restoration are evident. He has always believed and taught that worship is much more than the singing of songs in a meeting, but that our lifestyle be that of worship, placing Jesus on the highest place.
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