Burt Kettinger’s rich bass/baritone voice has been a source of much comfort and encouragement for many years. Having grown up at the piano, his keyboard stylings add to the versatility and beauty of his concerts. Burt often hears how his music relaxes people, but most importantly, people frequently tell him how God has spoken to them through his ministry and how they sense the presence of Christ in his life. This is Burt’s main goal: that Jesus Christ be glorified.
Although he wants a concert to be a concert, Burt is also committed to giving people insight into the Word of God. He loves to sing songs that either have a biblical text, or are at least based in the Scriptures. He firmly believes that those are the only words which can bring life, hope, and guaranteed results.
Burt has a master's degree in vocal performance from the American Conservatory of Music in Chicago. He is also an ordained minister with the Evangelical Free Church of America. As such, he does a good deal of preaching in addition to his concert work, journeying wherever the Lord opens a door for ministry.
Burt has been traveling full-time since June 1974. Much of his work in earlier years was in affiliation with The Moody Bible Institute in Chicago. Burt was the solo voice on Moody Presents from 1974 - 1987. For several years now, he has been heard each week throughout the US and beyond as one of the soloists on Songs in the Night from Historic Moody Memorial Church. Though Songs in the Night is no longer in production, reruns are being broadcast in many parts of the USA. Thanks to The Moody Broadcasting Network, as well as several other radio networks, Burt's musical ministry has reached much farther than he has personally gone.
Burt's personal ministry has reached into 49 of the United States and to six continents of the world. Sound Servant Ministries (SSM), located in Wheaton, Illinois, is the corporation under which Burt travels in his concert and preaching ministry. SSM’s vision as well as Burt’s heartcry is to encourage all who are in pilgrimage with Jesus Christ, as well as to bring new followers into His Kingdom.
FAMILY . . .
Burt and Sharon (Meads) were married in 1968 in Spring Arbor, MI. Sharon is a retired teacher, having spent 28 of her 34 years at Emerson Elementary School in Wheaton, IL. Since retirement, in addition to substitute teaching, she spent 11 years as an adjunct faculty member in the Education Department of Wheaton College helping to supervise student teachers. Sharon has also helped develop a disability ministry at the Wheaton Evangelical Free Church, now The Compass Church Wheaton Campus, the Kettinger's home church. She has also served on the board of Joni & Friends Chicago. So much for "retirement!"
God has given the Kettingers two children. Daughter, Shauna, is a 1992 graduate of The Moody Bible Institute with a degree in voicea requirement of the house! In 1994, she and Burt recorded a duet, "No Wonder," which is found on Burt's Stand in Awe recording. Shauna is married to Carl Hauert and they have three beautiful children. Shauna and Carl are both active in the ministry of the Three Rivers Evangelical Free Church in Plainfield, IL.
Nineteen years later, B. J. was born to Burt and Sharon. How's that for family planning? B. J. is a 2009 graduate of Wheaton Warrenville South High School. Throughout his four years at South, he worked out with the wrestling teamthough he did not wrestle in the meets. This was a wonderful experience for himand for us. He is an energetic young adult with Down Syndrome, a winning smile and a goofy spirit he must take after his mother! While he has huge speech challenges, B. J. still loves learning to read and write and does pretty well. He also loves anything athletic. He does golf, swimming, bowling and more through the special recreation district. He has done some rock climbing and karate through Easter Seals. He is active with Special Olympic playing softball and running track. His softball team has made it to the state tournament on two occasions. He and Burt also love riding bikes together. B. J. also loves anything musical —especially where drums are involved.
In May of 2011, Sharon, B. J. and Burt were part of a mission team through the STARS (disability ministry) at College Church in Wheaton. It was amazing to watch 9 special needs men and women sing, play autoharps and bells, do drama and love on the folks of Nancy, France. Twelve awesome days all because of B. J.
Both Burt and Sharon were raised in Free Methodist Church parsonages. As a result of this rich heritage, they are well aware of the need for families that model the presence of Jesus Christ. It is their great desire that the Lord be seen in them and glorified through them. As the Lord brings them to your mind, lift them to Christ in prayer that others will see Jesus in them.
For further recording/concert/speaking ministry information, please contact Burt.