(Photo: Facebook/Marcos Witt)
Marcos Witt, known for his musical artist background and his former, decade-old position as associate pastor of the Hispanic ministry at Lakewood Church, recently revealed that he never imagined the wide impact his music would have throughout the world and the mega success that would ensue when he first began his ministry.
"I always saw people singing about an infinite number of things, including stars, the sun, women, wine and I asked myself why there wasn't anyone singing to God," Witt said during an interview with Mexico-based Radio Formula.
The five-time Grammy award winner said that when he was 17, he decided to take on studying opera and classical music because "no one else was doing it," and because of that decision, he says he could not foresee his success back then.
He also credits his parents, who were American missionaries in Mexico at the time of Witt's birth, for their support even though his future in music was questionable.
"My mother told me that she used to have a friend that once told her that musicians are underpaid and my mother responded, 'Marcos is going to just be fine,' that's support," said Witt.
At one point, Witt says that he decided to dedicate his musical talents to God then eventually became interested in the idea of being a pastor.
"I always wanted to help people have a connection with God so they may live a better life," said Witt.
Upon noticing that most "religions have hidden agendas," he decided that he wanted to bring hope to people because that was his main concern.
After founding his music production company, CanZion Productions in 1987 and a musical school, Canzion Institute, in 1994, Witt was appointed as an associate pastor within Joel Osteen's Lakewood Church in Houston, Texas.
In 2012, Witt announced his resignation to Lakewood Church after leading its Hispanic ministry since 2002. Contemporary Christian artist, Danilo Montero, took over Witt's former position.
At the time of his resignation, Witt was undergoing major health challenges and was advised by doctors to take a break from his constant busy schedule. After being active in ministry for over 31 years, his plan was to take a break for about three months before starting on any other new projects.
Soon after, Witt and his wife Miriam embarked on their dream of traveling throughout Latin America to encourage pastors, leaders and churches. Since resigning from Lakewood Church, he also started a consulting firm to help U.S.-based churches focused on reaching Hispanics.