Louie Weaver Ministries International

P.O. Box 171037

Nashville, TN 37217


Twenty-two year veteran time keeper of the Christian rock band Petra, Louie Weaver, is announcing today that he was dismissed from service to the band on February 8th, 2003.


Weaver, the person to have performed with this group for the most number of years consecutively, says he was “shocked” and “surprised” that such a decision was made by current band leader John Schlitt and Schlitt’s personal manager, Wayne Seboa.


Weaver says, “Although I am saddened by this decision, I know the Lord is already opening doors that I had never dreamed of.” Louie sites 2nd Timothy chapter 2 verse 15: “Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved, a workman who does not need to be ashamed and who correctly handles the word of truth.” He (Weaver) continues, “For a long time I’ve felt God has given me a vision for ministry, especially ministry in music and praise to Him. Petra was part of my life for 22 years.  It was a wonderful blessing to me and my family, but sometimes the Lord brings circumstances into your life where choices will be made for you, so you go forward with a new calling that He brings into your life.”


Louie also states that he is standing on the Apostle Paul’s words to Timothy in 2nd Timothy chapter 4 verse 5:  “But you, keep your head in all situations, endure hardship, do the work of an evangelist, discharge all the duties of your ministry.”


“Ministries change within the years of service,” Weaver says, “and I feel I’ve now been given the opportunity to go forward in a new direction.  Penny and I truly wish John and the other members of his band success and joy in all they endeavor to do and want them to know that their ministry has and will continue to be in our prayers.”


Acknowledging his love for Jesus Christ and his heartfelt belief that the Lord continues to call him to a music ministry, Louie says, “The Lord has always been in control of our lives and He is the one who directs and guides our steps.  I am excited to see what the Lord is going to do as we walk in obedience to Him.” Weaver continues, “I thank God for all He has given me and am happy to let you know that we will be continuing on in ministry for Him. That ministry, governed by a Christ-centered board of men and women, will be called “Louie Weaver Ministries International.”  This musical entourage is already hard at work writing and preparing to record new material for praise and worship to Christ our Lord.  The first project is tentatively called “Louie Weaver and Friends.”


Louie goes on, “I just wanted everyone to know that I firmly believe in our music ministry and that our Lord has continued to call me to that ministry. We ask for your prayers for wisdom as we move forward.”


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