ABOUT RANDY UMBERGER Randy was born in Jacksonville, Florida and raised in Charleston, South Carolina. He came to know Christ at a young age and began his work in the ministry at the age of 16. He has pastored churches in North Carolina, Georgia, and Florida.
Most recently, he and his family served as missionaries in the Central American country of Honduras for three years. They trained national Pastors, managed feeding programs, as well as provided medical and other physical needs among the people in hard to reach places. They worked in the jungles of La Mosquitia, and he served as Vice President to a second division professional soccer team.
Randy has a B.A. from Luther Rice Seminary, a M.A. from North American School of Theology, and an honorary D.D. from Emmanuel Seminary in Kota, Rajasthan, North India.
He has been married to his lovely wife Denise for 30 years and they have three beautiful daughters; Anna, Rebekah, and Rachel, and three dogs;
Randy says: "We are excited about being able serve Jesus here at Mount Pisgah. Our desire is to be a part of a missional church: a community that understands that they are primarily being trained and equipped to live in this world as missionaries.
The incarnation of Jesus Christ is the supreme example of missional living. He walked among the poor, the hurting, and the lost. He was known as a friend of sinners.
I believe it is more important to BE the church than to just GO to church. Our message is the good news of the Kingdom of God. That message is the treasure of the Christian Gospel--not the tired story of church attendance and good manners, but rather the love story of all ages, set in the midst of fierce battle. As Jesus said, "The thief comes only to steal, and kill, and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full." (John 10:10). After all, it is life we are after, each one of us. And it is life God offers.
But this message has been lost and shrouded by religion. I am committed to helping others rediscover its beauty and power. For this message is able to set men and women free to live from the heart as God's intimate allies. As St. Irenaeus said, "The glory of God is man fully alive." That's what I am devoted to--seeing men and women come fully alive as the image-bearers of a breathtaking God. I am committed through teaching, sharing, relating, and living out this “life”, this “good news”, to seeing God bring about intimacy with Him and irreversible change in the lives of others."
Randy's blog can be found here.