Short Bio for publications:

IMG_2509Michael Rinehart is Bishop of the Texas-Louisiana Gulf Coast Synod, Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, a community of over one hundred congregations, campus ministries, retreat centers, and other agencies. He studied music at Valparaiso University, a Lutheran university in Valparaiso, Indiana. He received his Master of Divinity at Trinity Lutheran Seminary in Columbus, Ohio. He lives in Montgomery, Texas with his wife and children.

Additional Information:

Serving as bishop of the Texas-Louisiana Gulf Coast Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America since 2007 is an honor, a challenge, and a joy. It has given me the opportunity to work with many gifted pastors and committed people of faith. We’re creating communities that make disciples who serve the world in Jesus’ name.

Evangelism is one of my passions, and our synod’s highest priority. Evangelism is making fully devoted followers of Christ, who taught love of God and neighbor as the greatest commandments. Every congregation is a mission, and every pastor is a missionary. We are called to make disciples, passing the faith to the next generation.

Together we plant new congregations, send missionaries, prepare rostered leaders, support companion synods, camps, campus ministries, and more. Our vision is to be a network of growing, Christ-centered, outwardly-focused congregations passing the faith to the next generation.

Biographical Information

IMG_2427 closeBorn: August 2, 1961, Columbus, Ohio
Children: Yuliana and John
Parents: Warren and Patricia Rinehart

Undergraduate studies: Bachelor of Music in organ performance from Valparaiso University, a Lutheran university in northern Indiana, 1983

Seminary: Masters of Divinity from Trinity Lutheran Seminary, Columbus, Ohio, 1988.


  • St. Paul Lutheran Church, Davenport, Iowa (1988-1994)
  • Christ Lutheran Church, Charlotte, North Carolina (1994-1997)
  • Grace Lutheran Church, Conroe, Texas (1997-2007)
  • Bishop, Texas-Louisiana Gulf Coast Synod (2007-present).

Currently serving:

  • Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service Board of Directors
  • Texas Lutheran University Corporation Board
  • Houston Coalition for Immigration Reform
  • ELCA Bishops’ Immigration Ready Bench
  • Board of the Houston Coalition for Mutual Respect


Incidentally: Played in the main stage band for four LCMS Youth Gatherings:
• Denver, Mile High Stadium in 1989: Blessed in the Journey
• New Orleans, Super Dome 1992: A Time for Joy
• San Antonio, Alamo Dome 1995: River of Light
• Atlanta, Atlanta Dome 1998: Called to Be

2 Responses to About

  1. Janis Turk says:

    I was deeply moved by your words on Saturday, the 5th Anniversary of Katrina, at the St. Louis Cathedral…
    “The bad news is we will never be the same.”
    And I’m glad you let that hang in the air and sting for a moment as we took that in. It’s true, and that line speaks to the depth of this grief. We could feel the bitter tears and pain and sorrow and loss and resentment well up in us all as you spoke that truth. Thank you for speaking the truth, however painful.
    And then grace followed…
    “The good news is, it will never be the same.”
    And that truth is just a real, too–that hope. That tender mercy.
    Thank you for your words on that day.

  2. nancy newell says:

    Bishop Rhinehart always has the good of God’s followers @ the heart of whatever he is doing in his activities as Bishop. He just is not the type of man to abuse his power, Sir; but then you would know that if you had ever had the pleasure of knowing him. You are truly missing out, Sir.

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