Robert Lane Renfroe earned a B.A. magna cum laude from Rice University in 1977 and an M. Div. summa cum laude from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary in 1982.
After graduating from seminary, he was appointed to be the associate pastor at The Woodlands United Methodist Church in The Woodlands, Texas, north of Houston.
In 1988, he was named pastor of First United Methodist Church in Atlanta, Texas. Four years later, he moved to Mission Bend UMC in Houston.
In 1998, Renfroe was named executive pastor at Houston’s First United Methodist Church, serving alongside Dr. Bill Hinson (PDF). After three years in that role, he returned to The Woodlands UMC as the pastor of adult discipleship, a position he continues to hold.
From 2007-2009, Rob Renfroe also served as president of the board of the Confessing Movement Within the United Methodist Church. He is also a past member of the United Methodist General Board of Church and Society.
Renfroe became the leader of Good News and publisher of Good News magazine in the summer of 2009, following the retirement of the ministry’s long-time leader, James V. Heidinger.
“The Deeper Issues of United Methodist Renewal” is a presentation Renfroe has delivered at various renewal gatherings. The four issues he discusses are:
The particular address heard on this podcast was recorded in June 2007 at a gathering of the Arkansas Conference Confessing Movement.
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Related articles and information
|•||The deeper issues of United Methodist renewal | Rob Renfroe, Good News (via The Sundry Times)|
|•||Good News moves ministry to Houston, Texas area | Good News (November/December 2010)|
|•||Your life, God’s gift | Rob Renfroe, Good News (November/December 2010)|
|•||Believe, experience, and increase | Rob Renfroe, Good News (June/July 2010)|
|•||Grace and truth | Rob Renfroe, Asbury Seminary Chapel podcast (April 13, 2010)|
|•||Health care and the most vulnerable | Rob Renfroe, Good News (November/December 2009)|
|•||Speaking the truth in love | Rob Renfroe, Good News (September/October 2009)|
|•||For the cause of Christ (PDF) | Rob Renfroe, Good News (May/June 2009)|
|•||I wonder if you’re like me (PDF) | Rob Renfroe, We Confess (January/February 2007)|
|•||Defining the issues: A Methodist witness | Albert Mohler (Nov. 1, 2006)|
|•||United Methodism in crisis: Scriptural renewal through the Good News Movement | Chapter 4 of Public Pulpits: Methodists and Mainline Churches in the Moral Argument of Public Life by Steven M. Tipton (University of Chicago Press, 2008 — via Google Books)|
|•||Turning Around the Mainline: How Renewal Movements Are Changing the Church (ordering info) | Thomas C. Oden, Baker Books (2006)|
|•||40 years of vision for United Methodist Renewal (PDF) | James V. Heidinger II, Good News (November/December 2007)|
|•||The story of Good News: A recollection by Charles W. Keysor (PDF) | Good News (March/April 1981)|
|•||The Junaluska Affirmation: Scriptural Christianity for United Methodists (PDF) | Forum for Scriptural Christianity (Good News) (July 20, 1975)|