Singer. Songwriter. Recording Artist. Worship Leader. Pastor. Speaker. How does all that fit together in one life? It's not easy but Rob Frazier feels a calling to all of these roles and attempts to make room for them all. As a means of self-expression and service to God, they all have a place in his heart. Besides, Rob has a few miles on his odometer, over 25 years in ministry to be exact.
A veteran of the Contemporary Christian Music scene (yes, CCM actually does stand for something!), Frazier has been active as a solo artist for nearly 20 years with experience in several bands before that. Always, he seems to focus on what his music has consistently conveyed: that the Christian life is not just one decision but constant growth and discovery - something that touches every area of life. Upon listening to his songs, it's obvious that this artist is capable of penetrating observations on the Christian experience even as his music is entertaining and real, finding success within the sometimes narrow confines of Christian radio, often going right up the charts. He believes that the effective singer/songwriter shares his experiences with God in ways that others can relate to as well as be challenged by to trust Him more.
Thus, giftedness in the areas of encouragement, exhortation and teaching have long been components of his concert ministry and it's not been hard to see the heart of the pastor eclipsing the artist. He began to sense God's calling toward that end and began part-time seminary training in 1998, earning an MA from the Divinity School at Regent University in 2003. He now serves as Associate Pastor for Community Life at Belmont Church (non-denominational) in Nashville, Tennessee where he is also one of several worship leaders.
Ministering to the post-modern generation requires a deep appreciation of the arts as well as a keen understanding of the high value placed upon community. Baby-boomers share these values but understand them in a different, less essential-to-faith way. There is no one "key" to unlocking the potential of a generation but if older leaders hope to engage younger people and unite them to the rest of the church, they (we) must embrace these ideals, make room for them but not try to turn them into another "program" for the church to exploit. Thus, Rob believes that the artist can transcend generational differences, divorcing mere "fashion" from honest expression - all for the sake of the Kingdom of God. At the same time, faithfulness to Biblical truth should be our guiding light and need not deter us from true artistic diversity within the church.
Rob is currently working on both an album of new worship songs and a solo piano CD.