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 Podcast, one 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.