Bobby Gruenewald, 38

Pastor and Innovation Leader,, Edmond, OK

Bobby says he has the best job in the world. “I get to wake up every day and do what God has created me to do—dream up ways to leverage technology for the kingdom.” A strong believer in the idea that churches can accomplish more when they work together, he and his team share resources in unprecedented ways. He is a leading voice on innovation and the use of technology to reach people for Christ and the co-founder of the free YouVersion Bible App.

He has been featured in The New York Times, Washington Post, NBC Nightly News, TechCrunch, CNN, CBS, Stanford Business Magazine, and more. He was also named to Fast Company’s list of the most creative people in business.

“There was a time when the church was the epicenter of creativity, culture, and technology,” he says. “But today we’re actually surprised when we see churches innovating or influencing segments of our culture. The church has the talent and resources to once again become influencers of culture and agents of change. But we’re going to have to change the way we think.”


greybutton-40u40Books on your nightstand/e-reader: In the car I’ve been listening to Zero to One: Notes on Startups, or How to Build the Future, Peter Thiel.
Favorite TV show: I like to watch the OKC Thunder play, and I also enjoy watching Shark Tank.
Choose a superpower—fly or be invisible: Flying, because I’m already invisible!