Tenor John Starnes performs uplifting gospel music, has released fifteen CDs, and has appeared in seven “Gaither Homecoming” feature-length concert DVDs. Starnes is a licenced pilot who served as a backup singer for Jimmy Swaggart Ministries in the 1980s and flew for the organisation.
On December 7, 1950, Starnes was born in Atlanta, Georgia. He joined the Army in 1969 and was released with honours two years later. Starnes sang as the lead vocalist for the Atlanta rock and roll group Choice at the start of the 1970s. He also obtained pilot’s certificates for multi-engine, instrument, and commercial aircraft.
At the Mount Paran Church of God in Atlanta, Starnes met Teresa, the woman who would become his wife. He relocated to Baton Rouge, Louisiana, in 1978 to perform background vocals for Jimmy Swaggart Ministries.
Starnes was soon employed by Jimmy Swaggart Ministries as a backup singer and a pilot for the organization’s aircraft. Starnes travelled the world singing and leading worship with the ministry during the 1980s.
Starnes started his own solo ministry in 1991 and has since guest-starred on numerous religious television shows. As part of a Benny Hinn crusade, Starnes performed in front of an estimated 1 million people in India.
Starnes went back to school and earned a liberal studies Bachelor of Science from Belmont University in 2008. Six months later, Starnes was awarded an honorary degree in sacred music by Canada Christian College in Toronto. Currently, Teresa, John’s wife of 30 years, and he reside in Nashville, Tennessee. Two of their daughters.