I’m Dr. Michael Criner, Senior Pastor at First Baptist Church in Bellville, TX, a church that has had a presence in Austin County for almost 160 years.

I grew up in Texas and have spent the past 11 years in full-time ministry, and the past four years living and pastoring in the Austin County Area. I’m married to a woman beyond my dreams, Abigail, for 10 years, and we are raising three little girls age 6 and under – Adele, Ruth, and Talitha.

One of my favorite verses is Acts 20:24 in which Paul says “I do not account my life of any value nor as precious to myself, if only I may finish my course and the ministry that I received from the Lord Jesus, to testify to the gospel of the grace of God.” If I had to have a verse to describe me, I think it’d be that one.

MICHAELCRINER.com is a place where I write about Theology, Culture, and Leadership from my vantage point here in Austin County. You can follow me on twitter @michaelcriner or on Facebook. My preaching is featured at First Bellville on any given Sunday, but you can also request me to speak at your disciple now, conference, or church gathering by clicking here.

I enjoy exercise, eating ribeye steak, dating my wife, dancing with my little girls, preaching the gospel, discipling men, and reading books from dead men.

B.A. – Christian Studies, Practical Theology, Howard Payne University 2003.

M.Div. w/Languages  – Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, 2007.

DMin Christian Worldview and Cultural Engagement – Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, 2016