Ronnie Brewer is a retired pastor and campus minister living in Miramar Beach, Florida, near Destin.
He is the current pastor of The Gathering at Sandestin, a weekly non-denominational worship gathering in the resort area of Sandestin. Brewer is currently serving as the chair of the strategic advisory board for the Good Faith Media experiences division.
- What story, verse or passage from your faith tradition’s sacred texts has significantly influenced / shaped your life?
Ephesians 2:10: “For we are God’s handiwork, (I like the translation God’s “poem”) created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.”
- Who are three people (other than your family) who have shaped your life and worldview? And why?
My friend and former campus minister Bob Ford. His influence and authenticity helped me see faith as a joyful, daily thing.
My lifelong friend Doug Dortch. Steady, fun, honest and with a desire for excellence in all he does.
My wife and best friend Janet. “If you’re going to preach that stuff, bring it home too.”
- List three of your “desert island” books, movies or TV shows.
Today, they would be Brother to a Dragonfly by Will Campbell, A Prayer for Owen Meany by John Irving and “Casablanca.”
- What is one of the most critical issues people are facing today?
Shrinking circles of relationships. Even before the pandemic, people have retreated to places where only people who agree with them dwell. The virtual world is good but has also created smaller real relationships oddly enough.
- What are a few of your hobbies?
Golf, travel, reading (what I enjoy now), TV sports (Roll Tide! and Go Braves!) and staying in touch with friends.
- If you could freeze your life into an already-lived 10 seconds, what would they be?
Saying “I do,” and holding my son and daughter for the first time.
- Our tagline at Good Faith Media is, “There’s more to tell.” What’s your “more to tell”?
I really value following my own unique journey or call in life. To be my “best self” in Christ has been a goal of mine for many years.
On the days that I live into that, I realize that my best self is never just like someone else’s best self. I also enjoy adventure and even some risk in that.
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