Robert Hargrove: Arts Pastor
What I do
I lead and shepherd the Music Arts Ministry to serve, lead, and grow Vintage Church through Music Arts.
I love Jesus (1 John 4:19). At an early age I began singing, playing, writing, and creating. I recognize that the arts are a gift from and for the Lord. I’m grateful to serve in a capacity where I’m also able to teach and model a Gospel-centered arts culture. We are to use the arts for glory of the Lord, as an avenue for offering praise and a response of worship unto His Name (Psalm 34). I’m amazed and humbled that God would use us and His Spirit work through us in this way. His is truly an Amazing Grace. I’m thankful every day for the opportunity to serve alongside the pastors, artists, and our entire staff at Vintage Church.
I’m originally from South Carolina where I studied Music Education at Anderson University and where I was first introduced to my wife, Grace. We met while singing together and are blessed to still sing and lead in ministry together today. After graduating with a Bachelor’s degree in Music Education (2000), I taught music in the public school system in South Carolina for 4 years. In 2004, I resigned teaching to follow the Lord’s call to full-time ministry.
Between 2004–2012 I served as a worship leader, college pastor & then worship pastor at 3 different churches, 2 in SC (Sweetwater Church & FBC Spartanburg) and 1 in LA (FBC Covington, 2007–2012). In July of 2012, after a time of praying, dialoguing, and dreaming together with Pastor Rob and the Vintage family, we came on staff at Vintage Church and my family moved to New Orleans. We love our church and this vibrant, ever-growing city.
Grace and I have five awesome kids—three boys: Cash, Aylor, and Bray; and two girls: Rollyn and Quince. We currently homeschool and enjoy having the kids at home. Grace is an amazing wife, mom, and teacher to our kids. Our family loves spending time together and with others here in New Orleans.
I also work as a guitar, bass guitar, and voice instructor with Celebration School of Fine Arts (CSFA) in Metairie, Louisiana.