Bob Wohlert grew up loving the guitar. As a child he would play everyday. He went to college and majored in music education and classical guitar intending to teach music. After a parochial school assignment fell through, he began teaching in a local music store in his home town of Alton, Illinois and playing in local rock bands.
Within a few years the store closed. By now he had a wife and family. A serious automobile accident nearly killed both of his children and seriously disabled one of them. This put much stress on the family both emotionally and financially. Through the experience, he turned to God and made a decision to become a follower of Jesus Christ. His new church home frowned on rock and roll and guitar music in general, so he sold his guitars, but saved one in the back of the closet.
Over time the stress of caring for a disabled child and money issues became too much for his wife and the family broke up.
Bob could have fallen even deeper into the depression that was already gripping him; instead he realized that God was giving him a chance to start over. After fifteen years, he got the guitar out of the closet. Bob began to play every night at home in his living room. He played three or four hours every night for a year, until he had the nerve to answer a newspaper ad for a band that was looking for a guitar player. By now Bob was mature enough in his faith to know that God had given him a gift and that it would border on disobedience not to use it.
His passion had returned. Bob began to look for more opportunities to play. He began playing in a church praise band. It was there that he got to know Theresa Kaat. Theresa was recovering from a divorce and a stifling marriage and was just beginning to discover her gift of music. In Bob’s words, Theresa had the voice of an angel and an amazing personality.
Their musical partnership led to marriage and they became the Kaat-Wohlerts. Bob and Theresa now work together as a musical team leading worship, playing in several bands, and teaching.
Well into his fifties, Bob believes that the most important thing he can do is pass on his love of music to young people. With that in mind, Bob and Theresa spend much of their time mentoring young musicians and helping them see God’s plan for their lives.
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