Who I am:
I have been married since 2004 to Alicia Rowntree, whom I met in Scotland on a study abroad trip. We have four kids: Anna, Hudson, William, and Molly. I love to think deeply, read widely, and laugh heartily. Hobbies include riding my motorcycle, playing the djembe, and sharpening my Spanish with native speakers. I pastored at Wellspring Church in Texas for 17 years. I was the Senior Pastor for 10 of those years. I also host a Theology podcast called Remnant Radio, and I'm working on a book about Revelation.
What I do:
No matter where I served, I have consistently been used by God as a teacher, a pastor, and a leader. As a teacher, I love to study God's Word and bring it to life in a way that displays God's beauty. As a pastor, my heart beats for the sheep--to lay my life down for them, every day. As a leader, God has gifted me to envision a better tomorrow and invite people on a journey to discover it.
Besides these things, I might add that God has given me considerable experience in leading a "Word and Spirit" church, and I am excited to help Bridgeway become, more and more, an example of what that looks like for churches around the world.
What God did:
Before I was born again, I thought God was distant and disinterested. Truthfully, I wanted him to be. If life was a party, God was a Cosmic Party Pooper--or so I thought.
At the age of 17, a drinking buddy invited me to church, where I encountered the Holy Spirit for the first time. Far from being distant, God was delightfully close and deeply interested in the way I live my life. I thought in my head, "God is so much better than everything else I've been living for, I want to live for Him for the rest of my life!"
Now I know that God is not a killjoy, but rather, He was killed for our joy. Three days later, He rose again to be closer than my own skin--to live inside my heart. It took that experience for me to realize that the nearness of God is a good thing--the best thing--that can happen to us. That's why I have dedicated my life to growing in friendship with Him and helping others do the same.
April 21st, 2022 | 37 mins 15 secs
brian robinson, bridgeway church, jack deere, michael rowntree, real faith stories, remnant radio, sam storms
While Michael was nearing the completion of his finance degree in college, he felt an undeniable calling to become a pastor. Yet, after visiting seminaries all around the country, he sensed God telling him NOT to go, but instead, “get a job.” So he did, as a financial analyst. And that step of faith became the starting point for an amazing journey of experiencing the realization that God wants to be our friend. And by delighting in Him, everything else has a way of divinely moving into it's proper place.