Reggie Coates, Heartfelt Music Ministry
Reggie has a love for God and others that is contagious and touches people’s lives in a powerful way. Through his passionate music and stories, he refreshingly encourages others to an active faith, revitalizes joy, inspires transparency, renews hope and draws us to a loving relationship with God. Whether it’s in a concert, teaching music, leading worship or sharing from God’s Word, Reggie puts a focus on the priority of knowing God through Jesus Christ. With a balance of skillful artistry, human experience and spiritual truth, he lives out the verse from Psalm 33:3, “Sing to the Lord a new song; play skillfully with a shout of joy!” Reggie resides in Mount Hermon, California, with his wife and two boys. He has been actively involved in music ministry for over 40 years. Although he has believed in God all his life, he accepted Jesus as his Savior and Lord at the age of 12 through seeing Jesus alive in his youth pastor. This has caused a main theme in his life to be “Christ in you, the hope of glory” (Col. 1:27). Stemming from his relationship with God, the Mission Statement for his life and ministry is to lead others toward intimacy with God.
Reggie received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Music (Performance) and a Teaching Credential in Music (Education) from San Jose State University. He graduated from the Pastoral Training School at Peninsula Bible Church, Palo Alto, under Dr. Ray C. Stedman, and is a licensed minister. He has taught music in public and private schools (elementary through college), ministered as a Youth Pastor (Jr. High age through college age) and ministered as a Worship Pastor. He was an adjunct professor at San Jose Bible College for 8 years and Bethany University for 4 years.
He has performed and led music/worship at many conferences and colleges such as Azusa Pacific University (Mexico Outreach for 10 years before Easter), Biola University, Westmont College, Spirit West Coast, Youth Specialties’ National Youth Workers Convention, National Network of Youth Ministries, NAMM Show, Christian Musicians Summit, Mount Hermon Christian Conference Center, Hume Lake Christian Camps, Forest Home Christian Conference Center, Mount Gilead Bible Camp, Silver Spur Christian Camps & Retreat Center, Hartland Christian Camp, Alliance Redwoods Conference Grounds, Christian Artists Music Seminars in the Rockies, Christian Artists Europe and many other Christian organizations. He was the featured acoustic & electric guitar instructor at the National Worship Leader Conferences in 2010 and the featured electric bass guitar instructor in 2011. He has performed the National Anthem at the Sonoma Raceway each July 2009-2012. He continues to sing and teach at conferences, church retreats, youth events, worship services, outreach events, and music festivals.
He is an award winning songwriter (three songs at the Christian Artist’s Music Seminars in the Rockies, All For You, Slow Me Down, and Peace). His song Ain’t Nobody has been on the CCLI top 100 songs list used by churches around the world, has been recorded by over 10 artists and bands, and has been published by Brentwood-Benson Music Publications in their book Crazy Praise Volume 2. His songs Celebrate! and Shout have been used in Europe by the Continental Singers.
Currently, Reggie works full-time at Valley Christian Schools in San Jose. He teaches music, coordinates the chapels, and is the High School Music Department Head. He is the Executive Director of Heartfelt Music & Ministry, Inc. (1998-Present). As founder of the Christian Guitar & Bass Conferences, he leads guitar and music workshops to train others in ministry. He has 13 recordings with his most recent entitled Instrumental Guitar Volume 1 (available on iTunes).
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