Rob & Amy Rienow were married in 1994, but even though they were both believers, they didn’t begin their marriage and family life with a dynamic, biblical vision. Through the years God turned their hearts more and more to His word, to ministry to each other, and their most important Great Commission calling – impressing the hearts of their children with a love for God. While they both admit they have a long way to go toward being a visionary family, God continues to show His grace and mercy to them.
Rob married Amy in 1994 and they have been blessed with 7 children. His most important ministry is loving his wife and leading his children to know God and love Him. Rob’s mom came to Christ shortly after he was born so he was blessed to be introduced to Jesus at an early age. His parents divorced when he was in high school and God used that painful time in his life to give him a heart for young people and families going through dark times. He attended Wheaton College, then completed an MA in theology at Wheaton College Graduate School, an MDiv from Trinity International Divinity School, and a Doctor of Ministry in Christian Leadership from Gordon Conwell Theological Seminary.
Rob’s life dramatically changed in 2004. God brought him to a place of deep repentance over the fact that he was disciplining other people’s children, but not his own. He was a spiritual leader at church, but passive with his family. Through that time of repentance, God turned his heart to the ministry of his children and his wife. God then led He and Amy to launch Visionary Family Ministries, a ministry designed to inspire parents and grandparents to disciple their children, to help couples create mission driven-marriages, and equip churches to build Bible-driven ministries. Their mission is to build the church through a global reformation of family discipleship.
He shares the biblical message of family discipleship at national and international conferences for parents, couples, and church leaders. He partners and consults with numerous churches, encouraging them to accelerate evangelism and discipleship through families.
He also serves as a pastor at Gospel Fellowship Church in Wheaton, IL. He is the author of the books God’s Grand Vision for the Home (Awana), Visionary Parenting, Reclaiming the Sufficiency of Scripture, Limited Church: Unlimited Kingdom (Randall House) and Never Too Late: Drawing Your Adult Child Back to Christ (Kregel). He and Amy also wrote Visionary Marriage and Five Reasons For Spiritual Apathy In Teens (Randall House). The Rienow family lives in West Chicago, IL.
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Amy’s first ministry is loving her husband and nurturing faith in their seven children. She and Rob founded and lead Visionary Family Ministries, a ministry created to equip parents, encourage couples, and help families live for Christ. She is the author of several books including Visionary Marriage, Five Reasons for Spiritual Apathy in Teens, and Shine: Embracing God’s Heart for You. Amy attended University of Illinois, followed by Wheaton College Graduate School where she earned her MA in Clinical Psychology. She is a licensed clinical professional counselor. Amy has her hands full as a mom, partnering with Rob, and serving in the women’s and worship ministries at church. Connect with Amy on Instagram @amyvfm
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