Rebecca St James announces engagement

The New Year is already looking good for one of Contemporary Christian Music's most enduring artists, Rebecca St James.

The worship artist has announced her engagement to the man she has been waiting for, Jacob Fink, on a date to be confirmed later.

The proposal was made on Christmas Day at Rebecca's family farm in Franklin, Tennessee.

Fink received the blessing of her parents, David and Helen, before surprising Rebecca with the engagement ring and his request for her hand in marriage.

Jacob, originally from Colorado, now resides in Southern California. He spent two years as a missionary in South Africa before attending college and graduating summa cum laude with a degree in communications and an emphasis on film production. He worked in television production prior to his current career in music. The couple met through mutual friends in Los Angeles.

Noted Rebecca in a communication to friends: "We are truly amazed at finding our dreams and ideals met in the love we've found. We are exceedingly grateful for this precious gift from God."

Rebecca's signature song, "Wait For Me," has inspired girls and women to be models of purity before marriage since its release in 2000. Not only did she sing about purity, she lived it out and has continue to take her message to audiences around the world and through her best-selling books on living godly lives.

After a few years concentrating on other projects, St James was recently signed with Provident Label Group's Beach Street/ Reunion Records and her new studio album I Will Praise You releases on April 5 with its first single "Shine Your Glory Down" impacting radio on February 11.

Rebecca is also putting the final touches on her ninth book, "What Is He Thinking" (Hachette/Faithwords), due out in September.