Gene Getz


Gene A. Getz, born on March 15, 1932, in Francesville, Indiana, was acollege and seminary professor, writer, and pastor who successfully integrated the philosophy of renewal into a local church setting. He is best known for his 1974 text, Sharpening the Focus of the Church, which looks at the church through the lenses of Scripture, history, and culture. He is a graduate of Moody Bible Institute, Rocky Mountain College, Wheaton Graduate School, and New York University. After 20 years in the academic world, Gene became involved in church planting and launched the Fellowship Bible Church movement in 1972.

After transitioning from his role as Senior Pastor more than ten years ago, the Life Essentials Study Bible (Broadman-Holman, 2011) is now the centerpiece of his ministry. Its unique format includes 1500 supracultural “principles to live by,” each with a QR code providing access to a total of 250 total hours of video teaching.

Gene’s primary focus today is to reach both old and new audiences around the world with the Word of God. Together with the publisher and various distribution outlets, the Center for Church Renewal offers the means to distribute the Life Essentials Study Bible as well as his other books. He has dedicated all the profits from the Center for Church Renewal’s Bible and book sales to this ministry.