Kari Jobe grew up knowing God was drawing her toward worship. “I remember hearing a worship song that applied perfectly to a family that I knew, and I knew that I wanted to write songs like that, for people who are hurting, songs that people make their own prayer to the Lord when they can’t find words of their own.”
Throughout high school and college, Kari watched God set her path before her as she began leading worship in various places. When Gateway Church in Southlake Texas, her church of 6 years at the time, hired her as a worship pastor after she graduated, Kari was caught off guard. She thought, “Are you sure? Me be a pastor?” But God was right on. She realized how God had purposed her life, giving her the tools to be not only a worship leader but a pastor.
A featured worship leader on Gateway Worship projects, Living for You and Wake Up the World, Kari released her first self-titled debut album through Gateway Create Publishing and Integrity Music on February 10, 2009. Early in 2011 Kari signed with EMI Christian Music Group and will release her sophomore project early in 2012. Produced by Ed Cash and Matt Bronleewe the album contains a collection of new worship songs written by Kari Jobe as well as co-writes with some of today’s greatest worship leaders/songwriters.
Leading worship at Gateway and around the country, Kari’s focus for the work of ministry always comes back to people. As she says, “I am moved by people’s lives and stories, and I am amazed by who God is and who He says that we are. Music becomes a way to minister to people in times of trouble, to lead them to the feet of Jesus, who can bring peace, life, hope and healing.”