Dr. Eric Michael Bryant

Eric serves with Gateway Church in Austin with Senior Pastor Carlos Ortiz as part of the Executive Team where he leads the Inspire Team (Creative Arts, Production, Marketing, and Prayer) and serves as the Campus Pastor for Gateway South Austin and Gateway Online. Gateway’s founding pastor is John Burke and is known for their mottos: “no perfect people allowed” and “come as you are, but don’t stay that way.”

South Austin has been called “a church planter’s graveyard,” yet with God’s help and using the 5 Keys to Church Growth, Gateway in South Austin grew from 200 to 1000 over the course of 7 years while also sending out core groups to start campuses in Central Austin, Buda, Dripping Springs, along with a few families and campus pastor to start a campus in Pflugerville. Since the pandemic, the South Austin campus has regained its momentum.

From 1998-2010, Eric served as part of the leadership team with Erwin McManus at Mosaic in Los Angeles, a church known for its creativity and diversity. The four years prior to that he helped plant a church in Seattle, WA.

Eric is the author of Not Like Me: Loving, Serving, and Influencing Our Divided World, Fruitful: Becoming Who God Created You To Be, an adjunct professor at Bethel Seminary, and creator and host of The Post-Christian Podcastone of the resources provided by his non-profit Catalyzing Community which helps church leaders make disciples in a post-Christian world.

Eric lives with his wife, Deborah, in South Austin, TX. They have two young adult children – Caleb and Trevi.


Catalyzing Community

Catalyzing Community exists to make disciples in a post Christian culture. We will help you with Sermon Series, Small Group Campaigns, Leadership Retreats, and Church Consultations. Your donation helps subsidize and even provide these resources to pastors, church leaders, and organizations.


In addition to speaking regularly at Gateway Church in Austin, Eric teaches courses like Personal Well Being and Ministry Effectiveness and An Introduction to Missional Ministry at Bethel Seminary where he earned his Doctorate of Ministry in Entrepreneurial Leadership.


Trained in Gallup’s StrengthsFinder and the Myers Briggs Temperament Indicator, Eric coaches leaders in the ministry, non-profit, and business sectors.


Online training opportunities include the Church Growth Workshop  and Church Growth Insights.


Eric’s book, Not Like Me: Learning to Love, Serve, and Influence Our Divided World, helps Christ-followers overcome the negative Christian stereotype by embracing the people Christians “love to hate.”


Eric’s blog includes articles designed to helping churches and organizations grow and become more diverse through effective leadership and outreach.


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