Lead Pastor: Bryan Robbins
I’ve lived in Asheville since I was 10 years old. I became a follower of Jesus when I was 15, and I met my wife Christina at 17 in my high school chemistry class. We were married in 2003 and have three children: Elijah (4), Sophia (3), and Ezra (1). After graduating from UNC-Asheville, I developed and led a mission of a local church while starting seminary at Gordon-Conwell. In March of 2007, Kurt called and asked me to join him in planting Missio Dei. Over the last three years I’ve served here as an Elder and the Worship Pastor, and in 2009 I completed Acts 29 Assessment in preparation for assuming the role of Lead Pastor.
Shepherding Pastor: Derek Robinson
I grew up in the small town of Timberlake, North Carolina and although I was raised in the church, I did not gain a strong grasp of Christ’s sacrifice on the cross until I was in high school. I attended North Carolina State University and graduated in 2003 with a degree in Turfgrass Management, and in that same year married my best friend, Michelle. We lived in Myrtle Beach for a few years and felt a growing desire to be in the mountains and yet still be close to family, so we moved to Asheville, NC in 2006. Through our involvement in several ministries, God called us to a new church plant, Missio Dei Church, in 2007. I have served the church in many facets including worships arts, the children’s ministry, administration, and the hospitality team, and then became a deacon in 2009, and later an ordained pastor in 2010.
My wife and I enjoy camping, meeting new people and developing deep relationships with them, spending time with our family, serving others, watching movies, listening to music, and playing with our two dogs(Katie and Charlie).
Elder: Fred Brinson
I am northerner by birth and tar-heel by choice. I grew up in Indianapolis, Ind. After high school I joined the Marine Corps and saw much of the world in my four year tour. My first wife of almost 30 years passed away in 1989. My wife Beverly and I have been married for almost 22 years. Between us we have four children and 11 grandchildren and 5 great-grandchildren. I grew up with three brothers and four sisters and single Mom. After my military service I started college and graduated with a BS in Industrial engineering. I retired from RCA Corp. in 1996.
Beverly and I both love the Lord and are most happy when we are able to serve others. We came to Missio Dei. approximately 2 ½ years ago and have since joined the church. I am very fortunate the Lord allowed me to grow through the Elder process. It has been the hardest and most spiritually satisfying period in my life. I feel my spiritual strength is praying for his people and serving the Lord.
My life verses are James 5: 13-16.“The prayer of a righteous man is powerful and effective” vs. 16b.
Church Planting Pastor: Kurt Hannah
I became a Christian in 1995 in my freshmen year of college. Married my high school sweetheart, Shannon, in 2000. We’ve since had three kids: Ashe (son), Kai (son), Rayne (daughter) whom we delivered in the bedroom accidentally (most people conceive by accident…). Attended West Virginia University, Bob Jones University and Reformed Theological Seminary before becoming an ordained Pastor in 2004. Completed Acts 29 Network assessment and requirements in 2007 and planted Missio Dei Church in Sept. 2007. My family and moved back to Cincinnati, Ohio in August to plant another gospel-centered missional church. You can keep up with the journey at my blog HERE.
I have strong opinions about countless subjects but love people and being around people deeply. I thrive on good food, good competition, good laughter, good theology, and good friendship.
Aaron Buchanan – Ministry Assistant
Robbie Greene – Visual Director
Bre Larsen – Missio Dei Kids Ministry Director
Katie Curtis – Missio Dei Kids Volunteer Coordinator
Ryan Krishnan – Worship Leader
Jason Waggoner – Production Technology Director
Missio Dei Church | Asheville, NC | Acts 29 Network