John Starnes is a tenor who performs inspirational gospel music. He has 15 albums under his belt and has been in seven “Gaither Homecoming” feature length concert videos. Starnes is also a licenced pilot who worked as a backup singer for Jimmy Swaggart Ministries in the 1980s while flying for them.
Starnes was born on December 7, 1950, in Atlanta, Georgia. He joined the Army in 1969 and was honourably discharged two years later. Starnes sang for a local Atlanta rock and roll band named Choice in the early 1970s. He also got his private, commercial, instrument, and multi-engine pilot’s licences.
Teresa, Starnes’ future wife, met him in Atlanta’s Mount Paran Church of God. He relocated to Baton Rouge, Louisiana, in 1978 to do backup vocals for Jimmy Swaggart Ministries. Jimmy Swaggart Ministries employed Starnes as a pilot for the ministry’s jet shortly after employing him as a backup singer. Starnes spent the 1980s singing and flying ministry members all over the world with the ministry.
Starnes started his own solo ministry in 1991, appearing on a number of faith-based television shows. As part of a Benny Hinn crusade in India, Starnes performed in front of an estimated 1 million people.
Starnes returned to college and earned a Bachelor of Science in liberal studies from Belmont University in 2008. Starnes received an honorary doctorate of sacred music from Canada Christian College in Toronto six months later. John and Teresa, his 30-year-old wife, currently reside in Nashville, Tennessee. Their children are two girls.