We are Brian & Christa Yak. We are husband & wife. We are For the Fatherless.
We met in Nashville, TN in 2008 while studying music at Belmont University and singing in a jazz vocal ensemble together. As we continued to write and collaborate musically, our relationship grew and we fell in love. We got married in 2013 and For the Fatherless was born.
We both know the feeling of growing up fatherless. Christa lost her father - a worship leader and musician - to a brain tumor when she was seven years old. She grew up with an amazing single mother and a beautiful little sister. A drug and alcohol addiction led Brian’s dad to abandon his family, and although he never knew his biological father, he was adopted by his mother’s husband and raised in a loving home.
There’s healing in sharing our stories. Each one may be different, but it takes all of them to tell the story of perfect love - the love of a Father who sent His only Son to die a death He didn’t deserve and who raised Him to life again. This perfect love has made a way for us to be adopted and to be called sons and daughters of God.
Then the world will know that you sent me and have loved them even as you have loved me. - John 17:23
Jesus prayed those words for all who would ever believe in Him before He went to the cross. His heart burned for us to know the love of His Father as He knew it Himself. We lead worship and share our stories and original songs to continue to seek an answer for Jesus’ prayer: that somehow in His grace He would reveal the fullness of His love to each one of us and we would know the joy of First John 3:1, See what great love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God! And that is what we are!
We are fatherless no more, and it’s the reason we sing.
Redeem us, restore us, we’re desperate now for the revival of sons and of daughters returning their lives to the Father. ~ God of Generations