Short Bio for publications:
Michael 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. Michael studied music at Valparaiso University, a Lutheran university in Valparaiso, Indiana, focusing on organ performance and singing in the VU Schola Cantorum, Chorale, Concert Choir. He received his Master of Divinity at Trinity Lutheran Seminary in Columbus, Ohio. He lives in Montgomery, Texas with his wife and children.
- Board of Directors, Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service
- Board of Directors, Houston Coalition for Mutual Respect
- Board of Directors, LEAD
- Corporation Board, Texas Lutheran University
- Chaplain, American Guild of Organists, Houston Chapter
- Houston Coalition for Immigration Reform
- ELCA Bishops’ Immigration Ready Bench
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.
Born: 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).
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