Music has always been an important part of my life. I began playing the piano by ear at age 3, and was a professional musician playing in a band from the age of 13. Upon graduating from high school at age 17, I pursued advanced music and jazz studies at the renowned Berklee College of Music in Boston.
All during my teenage years I was an atheist. I didn't believe God or Jesus Christ existed, and even wrote songs that mocked God and Christ, just to prove that I didn't believe in them and wasn't afraid to blaspheme their names. I thought that the Bible was only a fairy tale.
In College my new roommate, a born-again Christian named Terry Richmond, listened to a local gospel radio station every night in our dormitory room. Through those radio broadcasts I discovered that the Bible is a very accurate book historically, geographically, archaeologically, scientifically and prophetically. Seeing these inescapable proofs of authenticity, I realized that the Bible might also be true SPIRITUALLY. I also wondered about people's personal experience with Jesus Christ, and was intrigued how, when people became spiritually "born again", from all walks of life—be they kings, lawyers, businessmen, ordinary folk, paupers, and everything in between—all had similar experiences when they gave their life to Christ—they now claimed to know Him in a personal way. I really wanted to know if God was real, if Christ was real, or whether this whole 'religious thing' was just a subjective experience for everyone. As days went by, supernatural things began happening to me that were beyond coincidence. It seemed like God,if there indeed was a God, was trying to get my attention in a very real way.
Eventually I decided to "give Him a chance", and I prayed this simple prayer to Him:
"God, I don't know if you're real. If you're not, then I'm only wasting twenty seconds of my life by praying to you. But if you are real, I want you."
After praying this honest prayer, things began to changed very quickly and dramatically in my life!
First, I suddenly couldn't swear any more—which was weird, because up to that point in time, my vocabulary was full of swear words. But now, after praying that prayer, those types of words just would not come out of my mouth.
Secondly, when I would now read the Bible, it was as though God Himself were speaking to me directly from the pages of His Book! And what He was saying made complete sense to me! How different this was than ever before!
Thirdly, God began answering my prayers in specific and measurable ways. Without a doubt He was providing my needs miraculously and lovingly. I knew He was real!
What an amazing experience this all was! My spirit had now become 'alive' to God! I could hear Him speak to my spirit! I had now become "Born again" by HIS power! And I found myself experiencing many of those very same amazing things that others testified happened to them, when they asked God to come into their life and save them. It was so amazing!
After inviting God to come into my life, I began reading the New Testament ardently, and my personal relationship with the Lord Jesus (Yeshua) quickly blossomed into a full-blown spiritual love affair!
Soon He challenged me to give Him all my music and entire future to Him. This was a big challenge, because music was my entire life: my identity, my joy, my livelihood, my whole-hearted life's pursuit. Giving all my music and future to God was a huge personal step of dedication! But I just knew in my heart that if I would "Seek first the Kingdom of God and His righteousness" then God would give me everything else in life that I would ever need.
So that day, I willingly gave the Lord my music and my entire future—and from that moment on Yeshua filled me with a deep desire to live for Him, and get to know Him more.
I left music college and devoted myself entirely to seeking Him. I bought my first complete Bible, and spent about eight hours a day, for four months, locked away in my bedroom, just reading His Word, receiving His revelation, fellowshipping with, and praying to Him.
I soon got involved in church life at a wonderful church in Edmonton, Alberta — Central Pentecostal Tabernacle — under Rev. James MacKnight and Rev. Robert Johnson. There I learned to serve the Lord, and submit myself to the counsel of very wise spiritual leaders who cared passionately for my soul, and that I might fulfill my God-given purpose and destiny for my life.
I continued to play music in the professional world, and even gained a degree of fame and success in my city of Edmonton. But two years later when God asked me to enter full-time ministry, I willingly gave over my secular music profession to follow Him in full-time ministry. It was the best decision I've ever made, next to asking God to come into my life.
In the ensuing ten years I became a Bible College student, then a Professor, then a Pastor and worship director at Crossroads Cathedral, a large church in Toronto. God increased my stature and I became a "pioneer of worship" in Eastern Canada together with men like LaMar Boschman, and a frequent musical guest on the internationally-syndicated "100 Huntley Street" television broadcast seen in many parts of the world. In 1996 I became the Dean of Music at Canada Christian College in Toronto under Dr. Charles McVety, but in all this the Lord was only preparing me for my true life's mission: To TAKE WORSHIP TO THE NATIONS. It was from this point on in 1998 the Lord launched me into a full-blown international worship ministry, traveling, teaching, and leading worship in over 40 nations, at times to crowds of over one million people!
Significant musical growth came to me in the area of prophetic songwriting, for in 1992 three prophets had laid hands upon me, and God spoke that He was anointing me to "write songs that bring healing, victory and deliverance" in the name of the Lord. He began giving me powerful songs like "For the Lord is My Tower", "Hallowed Be Thy Name", and "I Will Fight For You" (among others), and I recorded several CD's which became mighty instruments in God's hands.
In 1997, while I was in Japan, God supernaturally spoke to me and called me to become a full-time traveling evangelist and teacher, taking worship to the nations, leading concerts, and teaching worship seminars around the world. He said my songs would go around the world. Right after this, my three albums became Gold and Platinum in the country of the Philippines! And Filipinos began taking my songs and albums all around the world, just like the Lord had promised He would do! In the next seven years I traveled over a million miles around the world serving Him, as He continued to open doors in the Catholic Church and all manner of Protestant denominations, and at events often involving tens and even hundreds of thousands of people. Indeed God can do exactly what He says He will do, if we will believe Him and follow in faith, submitting everything to His will and purpose!
On March 21, 2013 the Lord YHVH supernaturally called me to be a "Prophet to the Nations"— exactly 21 years to the day after He anointed and spoke to me through the prophets on March 22, 1992 to "write songs of healing, victory and deliverance" in His Name. Since then I have ministered and flowed in a greater depth of the prophetic ministry, writing and recording new songs spontaneously, and ministering prophetically particularly in the Persian Gulf, performing over 200 events, concerts, church services and seminars in the 'heart of Islam', including the Muslim nations of UAE, Qatar, Kuwait and Bahrain.
On September 15th, 2016 I became a US citizen, with a true calling and heart to help the people of the United States better hear the voice of the Lord. This has been increasing ever since I began ministering in this country in earnest from 2002 onward.
Today YHVH continues to increase my understanding about our Jewish roots as believers in Yeshua, the Jewish Messiah (Jesus Christ) — that we are indeed grafted in to Israel and are recipients of the New Covenant through the shed blood of Yeshua HaMashiach. Yeshua did not come to abolish the Law, but to fulfill it perfectly. He is the Living Torah, and through His indwelling Holy Spirit (Ruach HaKodesh) God's instructions and laws (YHVH's Torah) can indeed be written into our hearts! I am also learning how all the Festivals of YHVH are fulfilled perfectly in Yeshua, and am desiring to align my life as one who "Hears" and "Obeys" (literally 'lives') all of God's commandments from my heart. It's an immensely rewarding journey!
Many of the songs YHVH gives me today come direct from Scripture: the Old Testament Tanakh (Torah, Haftarah [Prophets], Psalms, Proverbs and Writings), and the Brit Chadashah (New Covenant). This is such a rewarding and exciting dimension of my musical ministry growth at this time, and has resulted in the release of my two latest albums, #17 "YHVH I Love You" and #18, "God is My Refuge and Strength" (www.stevekuban.com/store).
On May 3rd, 2017 (Iyyar 7, 5777 on the Jewish calendar) I received an honorary Doctorate of Divinity Degree in Trinidad, West Indies, which was bestowed officially June 10th, 2017 at the Crossroads Center in Burlington, Ontario (near Toronto), from the Canadian Theological Seminary in Calgary, Alberta, Canada.
On October 7, 2017 I was voted to be the United States delegate for the United Nations for Israel (www.UnitedNationsForIsrael.org) in Jerusalem.
My wife Cassandra and I work and travel together in full-time ministry, which we have done since marrying in 2008 to fulfill God's purposes.