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Asbury UMC welcomes new leader

Matt Rawle is settling nicely into his new church home.

As the Lead Pastor at Asbury United Methodist Church in Bossier City, he has come up with a game plan that he thinks will continue their path into the future.

“Love the people and learn who they are,” Rawle said. “It’s important as a new pastor to listen more than you speak. I’m here to make disciples of Jesus Christ and to point people toward him. That’s the mission for my first year at Asbury.”

Rev. Rawle’s journey at Asbury began July 1.

Rev. Matt Rawle has been named the new lead pastor at Asbury United Methodist Church in Bossier City.
Rev. Matt Rawle has been named the new lead pastor at Asbury United Methodist Church in Bossier City.

“We don’t choose where we go. The Bishop tells you where to go and we serve in whatever way the church needs,” he explained. “I chose to serve the church and committed my life to it. Thankfully, the church sent me here.”

Rawle is an international speaker who loves to tell an old story in a new way, especially at the intersection of pop culture and the church, according to his biography. He loves meditating on scripture, listening to the heart of God, and inspiring people to build God’s kingdom through radical love.

His non-traditional approach to the ministry was noticed from the very beginning.

“No one likes to be preached at. Humor is a big part of my message,” he said. “I’m a big fan of pop culture and a fan of breaking bread with people.”

Rawle has published four books — The Faith of a Mockingbird, Hollywood Jesus, The Salvation of Doctor Who and The Redemption of Scrooge. He plans to incorporate his books into a sermon series.

He hopes to see transformation and growth in the people during his time at Asbury.

“As Christians, we are storytellers for Christ,” Rawle said. “People around here are committed to doing good and I appreciate that.”

Rawle is a graduate of the LSU School of Music and Duke Divinity School. He is joined by his wife, Christie, and four children – Isabelle, Annaleigh, Cecilia and Robert.

For more information, visit his website at www.mattrawle.com.

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