Known for leading thousands in corporate worship, Steffany Gretzinger announced that she will be leaving her home church, Bethel, where she spent the past decade per the “Lord’s” leading.
“The rumors are true. After 10 years, The Lord is sending us to Nashville, TN,” Gretzinger recently shared on Instagram. “It’s been a long time coming, but we were in no way hurrying to leave this house, this home.”
The "Love Never Fails" co-writer became well known through making worship hits for Bethel Music, a worship ministry that organically formed as an extension of Bethel Church in Redding, California. Since its inception 10 years ago the worship group has grown from being a local church band to a global voice in worship music.
Gretzinger led worship at Bethel until the end of April before moving to Nashville. Photos showed the songstress received the blessings of Senior Pastor Bill Johnson and the church's leadership. She revealed they prayed and prophesied over her and gave her flowers.
“I am reminded once more how lavishly God honors our obedience. It’s not easy to leave THIS, but Jesus is the JOY ever set before me, and He is leading us out!!! We are SO excited!!!” Gretzinger declared.
“The fire always falls on sacrifice, and these fathers and mothers that surround me have given more than the world will ever know. Heaven only knows. Thank you for not only GIVING me room, but for MAKING me room to dance. Know that I love you deeply, and my gratitude is great.”
The worship leader admitted that she’s been crying many tears of gratitude in this season for the leadership she’s had and will continue to have in Bethel.
“Transitioning VERY sure that I will always be a beloved daughter here, and that we will absolutely come back home as often as we can,” she ended her emotional post.
Gretzinger attended the Bethel School of Supernatural Ministry in 2008 and remained there until now. The church publicly acknowledged her transition as well.
“This past weekend we blessed and sent off Steffany Gretzinger, who with her family has felt the call of God to Nashville,” Bethel Church wrote on social media on April 26. “Steff, your faith to follow Jesus anywhere He takes you both in worship and in life has been a constant inspiration. You've demonstrated to a generation the freedom, joy, peace and purity that come when we abandon ourselves fully to Jesus.”
“Your presence in Redding will be sorely missed, but we know that what you carry is too powerful for us to keep just for ourselves. We're excited to see how Nashville is going to be impacted by the power of God in you. Global family, we know you will miss her too!”
Gretzinger did not share details on what was next for her in Nashville but she shared on social media that her new home is another “promise fulfilled.”