Bob Hartman · Guitar

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joined Petra: 1972   left Petra: 1994   joined Petra: 2003   

hear him on: Petra (1974), Come And Join Us (1977), Washes Whiter Than (1979), Never Say Die (1981), More Power To Ya (1982), Not Of This World (1983), Beat The System (1984), Captured in Time & Space (1986), Back To The Street (1986), This Means War! (1987), On Fire! (1988), Petra Praise · The Rock Cries Out (1989), Beyond Belief (1990), Unseen Power (1991), Wake-Up Call (1993), No Doubt (1995), Petra Praise 2: We Need Jesus (1997), God Fixation (1998), Double Take (2000), Revival (2001), Jekyll & Hyde (2003), Petra Farewell (2005), Vertical Expressions (2007)

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What is your birthdate?
December 26, 1949
Where were you born?
Byron, Ohio
Favorite color?
Favorite food?
Most despised vegetable?
Brush with greatness?
Dinner with the late Dr. Walter Martin


What is your wife's name?
Kim (Whisonant)
What is your anniversary date?
March 28th
Kids' names & ages?
son Jeff, 29
Do you have any pets?
A dog named Sweetie


What is your music background?
First band: "The Nightwalkers" at age 15. Founding member, principal songwriter and lead guitarist in Petra. Played with Organized Confusion, International Crabgrass and later with Dove.
Pros and cons of being a musician:
Bob says...
Pro: "Seeing the world."
Con: "Hard to form meaningful relationships with people at home."
Kim (Bob's wife) says...
Pro: "Having time to catch up on things."
Con: "I get lonely."

High School

What high school did you go to?
Byron High School, Byron, OH.
What was the school mascot?
Byron Golden Bears
What year did you graduate?
What were you like in high school?
Very shy, quiet, daydreamer
What extracurricular activities were you involved in?
Football and band
What did you want to be when you grew up?
Nothing but a musician


What college did you go to?
Kent State and Bowling Green University
What degree(s)?
B.A. in Psychology


What are your hobbies?
fishing, computers
Favorite Scripture?
Recent read:
fall 1993: The Body by Chuck Colson
Listening to:
fall 1993: Pray For Rain (NOTE: this band is now known as "PFR")

Heavy-Duty Stuff

"I wish someone would have told me..."
...about Jesus in a way that I could have related to.
Do you have any advice for young people?
"Be faithful in small things and God will give you bigger things."

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· Petra Rocks My World ·

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· Petra Means Rock · Petra Rocks My World ·

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September 7th, 2007 in Thunder Bay, Ontario

August 17th, 1995 in Wichita, Kansas

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Petra Praise · The Rock Cries Out reviewed by Gene Paul

Beyond Belief reviewed by Gene Paul

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Unseen Power reviewed by Gene Paul

This Means War! reviewed by Hareball

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Beyond Belief
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On Fire!
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This Means War!
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Unseen Power
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Jekyll & Hyde
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Double Take
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God Fixation
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Come And Join Us
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Washes Whiter Than
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Jekyll & Hyde
(52 reviews)

Beyond Belief
(18 reviews)

More Power To Ya
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On Fire!
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This Means War!
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