Vince Antonucci grew up in a home with a Jewish mother and a gambling addict father. He became a Christian in college by trying to prove the Bible isn’t true, and then he gave up his pursuit of a law degree to become a pastor. He is now the pastor of Verve, a church for people who work on and live around the Strip in Las Vegas.
He is the author of I Became a Christian and All I Got Was This Lousy T-Shirt, Guerrilla Lovers, Renegade: Your Faith Isn’t Meant To Be Safe, and two new books, God For The Rest of Us and Devo for the Rest of Us.
Vince and his wife, Jennifer, have two children.
You have a diverse background and collection of life skills. Were any of your occupations the result of a “Divine Detour,” i.e. an unplanned, God-sent redirection?
Yes! Well, not occupation, but … I became a Christian in college. At the time I was planning on going to law school. Immediately I thought of becoming a pastor — I was so amazed by God and His love, I wanted to spend all my time sharing it with everyone! But I was encouraged to continue with my plan of becoming a lawyer. I loved law school, but knew I was going down the wrong path. After my first year I transferred to seminary to become a pastor.
I love the title of your new book God for the Rest of Us (Tyndale House, August 2015). Please tell us about it and what inspired it.
I believe if you asked people who lived at the time of Jesus they would tell you the most surprising thing they learned from Him is that God is for the rest of us. It was a time when people were told God was only for the holy people, but Jesus came and hung out with sinful tax collectors and prostitutes. Today … we’re back to people thinking God is only for the holy people.
My hope for God for the Rest of Us is that it will help people who struggle to believe God loves them to become convinced that God is for them. And that it will inspire people who know God loves them to share His love with others.