In May, 2005, one of Rob Reed’s neighbors asked him – for the third time – to play acoustic guitar on the worship team at LIFEhouse Church in Northridge, California. This may be considered a mundane fact until you consider that Rob was a secular, Jewish, thirty-something, Los Angeles, personal injury attorney whose idea of getting up early on a Sunday was getting up for the third quarter of the first televised, NFL games.
Thirsting on the idea of playing in a band for the first time in a decade, Rob finally accepted the idea of getting up at seven-in-the-morning on Sundays in order to participate.
Eleven months later, this secular Jew – already well set in his ways – had his world turned upside down by Jesus. Instantly, he began leading songs on the worship team and, today, he now leads that same LIFEhouse worship team in which he was initially invited to join as a non-believer.
God is cool like that.
Rob has been married to his junior-high school sweetheart, Marie, for 22 years. They adopted a beautiful boy, at 11 days old, named A.J. who has just started kindergarten and who brightens up every day of their lives. Marie, a devout disciple of Christ all of her life, has joined Rob on the LIFEhouse worship team. They are anxious for the day when A.J. feels ready to join them.
Rob is still a personal injury attorney, in private practice, in Sherman Oaks, California, but his fervent, hopeful prayer is that he and his music will be used by God to lift up current disciples of Christ and to build up and create many new ones.