Bobby Gruenewald, Tulsa, USA

Bobby GruenewaldBobby is the Pastor and Innovation Leader at Life.Church in Oklahoma, USA. He is also the founder and CEO of the YouVersion Bible App, which has been installed on more than 500 million devices. As one of the leading voices in the Church on innovation and the use of technology, he has been featured in The New York Times, TechCrunch, CNN, and more. He received the ELO "Entrepreneurial Leaders Award" at the ELO Forum Toronto in November 2015.

Bobby is passionate about exploring new ideas and finding practical ways to leverage them for the global Church. Adhering to a strong belief that churches can accomplish more working together, has also created a suite of free tools for church leaders including Open resources, Church Metrics, the Church Online Platform, and Develop.Me. Gruenewald is one of the leading voices in the Church on innovation and the use of technology to reach people for Christ. He frequently writes and speaks on the topic, and was also named to Fast Company’s list of the Most Creative People in Business. 

Prior to joining the team in 2001, Bobby started and sold two technology companies and consulted with startups and venture capital funds. These entrepreneurial endeavors began while he was studying Finance at Southern Nazarene University as he worked with several alumni to launch a web hosting company. Bobby and his wife, Melissa, met while growing up together in Central Illinois and married while both were attending SNU. They have continued to spread their roots in Oklahoma and currently live in Edmond with their four children.