Zachary Bartels

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About me

Gender MALE
Industry Publishing
Occupation Author and Pastor
Location Lansing, Michigan, United States
Introduction An award-winning preacher and Bible teacher, Zachary Bartels has been serving as pastor of Judson Baptist Church in Lansing, Michigan, for nearly ten years. He earned his BA in world religions from Cornerstone University and his Masters of Divinity from Grand Rapids Theological Seminary. He enjoys film, fine cigars, stimulating conversation, gourmet coffee, reading, writing, and cycling. His debut novel, Playing Saint, has been called an “intrigue-filled thriller” (Library Journal) and “a page-turner from the very beginning . . . gripping and realistic” (RT Book Reviews) and has been nominated for an Inspy Award and a Carol Award. His follow-up, The Last Con (HarperCollins Christian Fiction) has also met with overwhelmingly positive reivews. Zachary also hosts the Gut Check Podcast each week with prolific author Ted Kluck. He lives in the capital city of a mitten-shaped Midwestern state with his wife Erin and their son.
Interests Koine Greek and biblical Hebrew, homiletics, systematic and historical theology, embracing the tension between my ecumenism and my Reformed confessionalism, Michigan history (especially lumber towns), Intelligent Design theory, movie buffery, gourmet coffee, fine cigars, just about any kind of music, social justice, conservation ------------------------ I enjoy spending time with my wife and son, bicycling, reading, writing, smoking my pipe and waxing pretentious, watching and quoting movies, woodworking, geo-caching, playing guitar and writing music, drinking large quantities of coffee, and planning every breath on my Palm pilot.
Favorite Movies The Apostle, End of the Spear, Luther, The Gospel of John, Gosford Park, Romeo + Juliet, Swingers, Prince of Egypt, Boondock Saints, Keeping the Faith, Mercy Streets, The Passion of the Christ, Buffalo 66, O Brother Where Art Thou, Lilo & Stitch, The Bourne Trilogy, The Prophecy Trilogy, Indiana Jones Trilogy (quadrilogy), Juno
Favorite Music Lindsey Stirling, Lecrae, Gettys, MxPx, Rich Mullins, Thousand Foot Krutch, KT Tunstall, FM Static, Mat Kearney, Boiler Room Hobo, Dogwood, Relient K, Switchfoot, TobyMac, Keith Green, John Reuben, The Eels, Grits, Peacey P, Kissyboots, Greenday, Jack Johnson, Michelle Tumes, Gregorian chant, liturgical music, the Dweebles, the Zorps, Beethoven