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Magazine Recognizes Covenant Technology Leader

EDMOND, OK (June 1, 2011) – Fast Company magazine has named Bobby Gruenewald, a LifeChurch.tv pastor specializing in technology, as an innovation leader – one its 100 Most Creative People in Business honorees.

According to Fast Company, Gruenewald made the list for guiding the development of the YouVersion digital application, which “reimagines the Bible for the digital age, letting users record reflections, choose reading plans, and share passages online.”

The application has been downloaded more than 22 million times since it was launched in 2008. It has become the No. 1 downloaded Bible application today. The application, which is free, is published in 41 languages and contains 113 translations.

More than 25 percent of the application’s users have their smartphones set to a language other than English. Korean is the fastest-growing language.

Gruenewald was ranked No. 97 on the list. Wadah Khanfar, the creator of the Al Jazeera news network, ranked No. 1. Others on the list include Arianna Huffington and Oprah Winfrey.

Gruenewald oversees the church’s technology outreach, media design and communications teams as well as the operations that provide other churches with free tools and resources. He joined the LifeChurch leadership team in 2001. Prior to that, he started and sold two technology companies.

LifeChurch.tv is a multi-site Evangelical Covenant Church congregation.

About the Author

  • Marianne Peters is a freelance writer, master gardener, and environmental educator. She lives in Plymouth, Indiana with her husband, two teenage daughters, and two mischievous ginger cats called Fred and George (after the Weasley twins of Harry Potter fame). From 2008-2013 she wrote the Creation Care column for Covenant Companion magazine. In 2011, her family decided to downsize by half, a decision that led to the publication of her book Declutter for Good: Share Your Life and Reclaim Your Life. She blogs about green living and gardening at www.freshwordswriting.com.

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