KJ Roelke

Director of Modern Worship
KJRoelke (REL-kee) was born in Daegu, South Korea and got to Texas as quickly as he could after that.  Raised in a United Methodist church in Dallas, he had the privilege of traveling to almost every continent by age 16 via short-term mission trips.  His passion for worship began at a young age as he learned piano, guitar, and quickly got involved in his church’s worship teams (youth and adult).  This passion was fueled and took him all the way to Greenville College in Greenville, IL where he continued his contemporary worship education and expanded it to include classical forms of music.  Graduating with a Bachelor’s of Science Degree in Worship Arts in 2015, KJ felt called to Schweitzer as he connected with the church’s vision and passion for God’s people.  KJ’s other interests range from photography, design, video, and web development to Sand Volleyball, the Dallas Cowboys, and Liverpool FC.

What does “K.J.” stand for?

K.J. stands for Kaleb Joon-tae.  Joon-tae (June-tay) is my given Korean name, and Kaleb is the name my parents gave me when they adopted me.

If you could be one sea creature, what would you be and why?

I would be a dolphin, mostly because of the movie “Flipper” (1996).

Who do you look up to in the world of worship?

There are a few key names when it comes to the worship world.  In terms of worship theology, I look to the works of Robert Webber, Constance Cherry, and Marva Dawn.  In terms of worship song-writing, I look to Matt Redman and Phil Wickham.

What would you like prayer for?

I would ask that you join me in praying for Schweitzer’s worship services—that the Spirit would give me vision, direction, and the wisdom and energy to see it done.