Rob Evans (Christian musician)

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Robert C. Evans
Born 1953 (Age 63)
Paoli, Pennsylvania
Nationality American
Occupation Children's Christian Musician
Spouse(s) Shelley Tait
Children 6

Robert C. "Rob" Evans (born 1953) is an American Christian children's songwriter and performer best known for his performances as The Donut Man. He is known for his many sing-along audio and video tapes produced with Integrity Music. His DVDs have received six gold and two platinum sales awards from the RIAA. He is called the Donut Man in reference to one of his first songs that included the line "Life without Jesus is like a donut; there's a hole in the middle of your heart".[1]

Early life[edit]

Rob Evans was born in 1953 in Paoli, Pennsylvania to Presbyterian parents. At age 6 his parents divorced (which was later referenced in one of his videos, The Donut All-Stars). He graduated from High School in 1971. He met his future wife at age 19, when he was born again into a Pentecostal Bible church. Evans attended Rutgers University, but did not graduate, instead becoming a carpenter.[2]

The Donut Man[edit]

The "Donut Repair Club" started in 1981 with Evans as "The Donut Man".[3] Evans took the concept of a donut's hole to imply that something was missing, of which Jesus could fill and repair. Over the following years, Evans and his Donut Repair club would sell more than 6 million CDs and DVDs, and held appearances at more than 2,500 church concerts[4] Evans also sings in churches as a children's Bible story songsmith and presents concerts to children and families. His first-person songs put the audience into the shoes of the biblical characters he sings about. The Donut Man's sidekick is Duncan the Donut (a foam donut puppet built by professional puppet company Axtell Expressions, whose creator Steve Axtell puppeteers and voices Duncan). Evans' current incarnation of The Donut Man runs on the EWTN network.

Conversion to Catholicism[edit]

Evans, his wife, and a daughter were confirmed into the Roman Catholic Church in Easter of 2006.[5][6] Since then, Evans has completed a Roman Catechetical Diploma from St. Charles Borromeo Seminary in Philadelphia. As a child of divorce, he equates that with the Reformation 'divorce' of Protestants from Catholics. After his conversion, he has continued to produce and perform Christian music oriented toward families with small children.

Personal life[edit]

Evans is married to Shelley Tait with 6 children, including an adopted girl, Tonya, from Russia. His daughters Jen and Mary and his son Andy were on several of the Donut Repair Club videos. Evans currently lives in Merion, Pennsylvania.

Discography & Videography[edit]

  • Donut Hole 1 (1990)
  • Donut Hole 2 (1990)
  • On Tour (1991)
  • The Celebration House (1992)
  • The Best Present Of All (1992)
  • At The Zoo (1993)
  • Barnyard Fun (1993)
  • Video Sampler (1993)
  • At Camp Harmony (1994)
  • Wonderfully Made (1994)
  • The Resurrection Celebration (1994)
  • The Donut All-Stars (1995)
  • On The Air (1995)
  • The Donut Repair Shop (1996)
  • After School (1996)
  • Duncan's Greatest Hits (1997)
  • Active Time Songs (1997)
  • Quiet Time Songs (1997)
  • Paul in a Basket (1998)

External links[edit]

  1. ^ "Do You Know the Donut Man?", Converge Magazine, 21 April 2013
  2. ^ "He Became a Catholic When He Read Aquinas", National Catholic Register, 19 December 2006
  3. ^ http://catholicmom.com/2011/10/10/the-donut-man-rob-evans/
  4. ^ "He Became Catholic When He Read Aquinas", National Catholic Register, 19 December 2006
  5. ^ "He Became a Catholic When He Read Aquinas", National Catholic Register, 19 December 2006
  6. ^ http://catholicmom.com/2011/10/10/the-donut-man-rob-evans