"Petra", which means "rock, massive" in Greek, was a Christian Rock band formed in the 70s. For three decades, the band showed amazing stability and continued to produce albums despite changes in genre and the general taste of the public. Despite numerous line-up changes, the band maintained its commitment to preaching the gospel through their music. The band won numerous awards and sold millions of albums.
On May 24, 2005 Petra announced their planned retirement after 33 years of ministry. They recorded one of their final performances in Franklin, Tennessee to release it as their last album. Their last performance finished in the early hours of January 1, 2006 in Murphy, North Carolina.
The band was founded by guitarists and songwriters Bob Hartman and Greg Hough in 1972, while they were studying at the Christian Training Center in Fort Wayne, Indiana. It was where they hooked up with bassist John DeGroff (with whom Hartman had played before) and started playing together. Drummer Bill Glover was added later. The band was part of what was known as Jesus music, a part ...
|years active||1972 - 2005|
|music genre|| Christian Rock|
|current members|| Bob Hartman|