The John Schlitt Biography:

Personal Info:

   Full Name:
     John William Schlitt

     February 3, 1950
     Lincoln, Ill.

Home Town:
     Mt. Pulaski, Ill.


     Dorla (Froelich)
     January 10, 1951
     August 28, 1971
   Kari -
     December 2, 1974
   John Kyle -
     January 28, 1979
   Kris -
     December 7, 1983
   Krey -
     May 31, 1989
   Pookie -
     Shih Tzu dog


  High School:
Mt. Pulaski High School - Mt. Pulaski, Ill.
      - Class of 1968

University of Illinois - degree in Civil Engineering
      - Class of 1973



Favorite Scripture:

   Rev. 12:11 - "And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony, and they did not love their lives to the death."

Favorite Book of the Bible:


Band Experience:

  1963 -Vinegar Hill's Hometown Band - Something Different
  1973-1980 - Head East - 6 Albums
  1980 - Johnny Band
  1986-2005 -Petra - 16 Albums
  1995-Present - John Schlitt (solo career) - 2 Albums and counting

Favorite Solo Song:

   "Inside of You" - "Shake"  Album
        Because:  "It's one of the songs I'm most proud of in all my career - secular or Christian.  I wrote just a little part of this song, but it hit so well what I wanted to say:  that is, we as the body of Christ - we human beings - were given a plan before the beginning of time.  God had each one of us designed to be winners - not losers, not perhaps maybes, hoping we're gonna make it - but winners, if we have the guts to follow God's plan.  We're already built to be winners - we follow that plan - we win.  We have everything we need already inside of us."

Favorite Petra Song:

   "No Doubt" - "No Doubt"  Album
        Because:  "This song has probably become an underground classic for Petra; it's the title cut off of one of our albums.  It's just a statement that says, 'Hey!' When fear starts getting to you - you just let it go, because with Jesus Christ there is no doubt about His love, there's no doubt about His promise, there's no doubt about His existence with you."