- MissionSoulutionsCurator, present
For the past 10+ years, Spencer has been at the forefront of the emerging Church movement, including creating and maintaining TheOOZE.com - one of the earliest expressions of this transition in the Church. TheOOZE.com has become one of the largest relational networks where people of all Christian traditions interact in a web-based community (numbering over 150,000 users a month from over 90 different countries). He also hosts an offline gathering - a learning party called Soularize - which offers participants a safe place to experience and explore the emerging trends in theology, Church, the arts and faith.
Spencer is the author of three books: Making Sense of Church, establishes new metaphors to help define the future trajectory of the Church; Out of TheOOZE, chronicles the spiritual awakenings of members from TheOOZE.com in their own words - using articles from the site - with Spencer’s commentary; A Heretic’s Guide to Eternity, ground breaking and controversial book that explores grace and salvation beyond the confines of religion.
Through both experience and research, Spencer uniquely bridges the worlds of the traditional and emerging Church. His ministry experience spans a broad range from church planting to the merging of church bodies; from speaking weekly to leading retreats; from being a pastor to being an elder, where he learned the heartaches and joys of a pastoral search to leading a pastoral restoration. Spencer’s 22 years of professional ministry culminated with his position as one of the teaching pastors at Mariners Church in Irvine, California where he played a strategic role in the congregation’s growth from 800 to 10,000.
Spencer has distinguished himself as an innovative program designer and developer with a keen awareness of next trends and cultural movements. He was a founding Board Member of Damah, an independent short film festival committed to spiritual experiences in film. He also launched an alternative to traditional schooling called ETREK, which is an experiential model that integrates real-time, real-life, peer-to-peer curriculum development and lifelong learning. As an accomplished photographer Spencer has exhibited his work at galleries and taught at the University level.
Spencer is married to Lisa, his wife of 24 years, and has a son Alden who is 12 and a daughter Grace who is eight. They have lived in the same “beachshack” in Newport Beach, CA for the past 20 years.