I’m Patrick Vandiver, a living testament to the mercy, grace and faithfulness of God. I’m also a worship leader, keyboardist, vocalist and songwriter who has been involved in some form of music ministry for as long as I can remember. I’m grateful for the gifts that God has given me and have no greater satisfaction in life than using them to point others to Jesus.
I was born in small-town Georgia, the middle child of a dairy farmer and a kindergarten teacher. Music and faith are both big parts of our family heritage. When I was five years old, my parents discovered my musical ability when my dad brought home a piano and soon overheard me playing it along with some of their 8-track music. Thankfully, they nurtured the gift in me because it’s the only thing I ever seemed to excel in!
I began playing and singing at events both in and outside the church. Aside from playing by ear, I studied classical piano for 10 years and by the time I was 14, I’d won numerous piano competitions and was already being offered college music scholarships. It appeared that my future was being laid out for me.
The summer after my freshman year in high school, a cousin of mine invited me to my very first Pentecostal worship service. I was already aware that there was power in music, but the anointing on this music was unlike anything I’d ever experienced. Almost instantly, I was moved to tears, and yet it went beyond my emotions to the most interior depths of my heart, connecting me to my Creator and evoking in me an intense hunger for more of Him. It was then and there that I knew I’d discovered the ultimate purpose for the gift of music in me.
After that, I shifted my focus toward music ministry and seized every opportunity to serve and to develop in that area. Looking back, it’s amazing to see how each opportunity led to the next. I served as pianist for First Assembly of God in my hometown of Lincolnton, Georgia my senior year of high school, which led to a scholarship to Southeastern University in Lakeland, Florida.
During my sophomore year of college, I began serving in the music department of Family Worship Center there in Lakeland. Within weeks, my pastor recommended me for a position on the staff of Kenneth Hagin Ministries in Tulsa, where I had the privilege of traveling full-time with Kenneth E. Hagin for more than seven years, playing keys and leading worship.
I eventually returned to Georgia, serving as a worship leader for seven years at Word of Life Church, followed by eight years of various music and ministry opportunities on my own all over the world. For the past eight years, I’ve served on the music staff of Rhema Bible Church and as an instructor at Rhema School of Worship.
In the fall of 2015, I was invited to lead worship for the Spirit-Led Conference here at EMIC. While I was here, I felt very much at home — so much so that I sensed that it just might actually be my home at some point. However, having once (or twice or more!) experienced the consequences of making a wrong decision based on feeling — or even the right decision at the wrong time, I returned to Tulsa and resumed my responsibilities there, as if I’d be there forever. Yet, as the months went on, I kept seeing myself here, and in prayer, my heart was drawn here.
I’m thrilled, honored and humbled to be even a small part of what God is doing in the earth today! I’ve never been more excited about the future, and I look forward with great anticipation to all the wonderful things He has in store for us here at the Revival Capital of the World!