A Community of Media and Entertainment Professionals Brought Together Through a Commitment to Christ

Reaching and Caring for Media and Entertainment Professionals World Wide for Christ

Pastor Bob Rieth

  • Founder and President of Media Fellowship International, a specialized Christian ministry to professionals in the entertainment and media industry.
  • Has had years of pastoral experience working with and encouraging leaders in media, entertainment and sports.
  • Works with selected top level world leaders in an advisory and pastoral capacity.
  • Is called on as a facilitator for conflict resolution, ethical questions, damage control and negotiation during crisis situations.
  • Is on the Board of Reference for the Christian Film and Television Commission.
Pastor Bob Rieth

2020 National Prayer Breakfast

Photo showing prayer breakfast table setting

Media Fellowship International (MFI) and Pastor Bob Rieth have the opportunity to be in Washington DC during the National Prayer Breakfast (NPB) events, February 5th & 6th, 2020.
This is not a political event!

More than 4000 people from approximately 160 countries, gather together in prayer.
They pray for their countries, their leaders and their people.

We are thankful to be part of the National Prayer Breakfast, along with the:
Media Dinner with Cal Thomas on Wednesday evening, February 5th. Also
MFI’s Luncheon at the Mayflower Hotel, Thursday, February 6th at 12:30 pm.

If you are interested in finding out more about these events, please contact
Pastor Bob or Renae at mfi@usa.net or 206-617-7574

The 22nd Annual MFI Praise Brunch at the
Beverly Hills Hotel: A Celebration!

Pastor Bob Rieth with Rian Newman, Chanse Corbi and Caroline Kerr.

Pastor Bob Rieth with Rian Newman, Chanse Corbi and Caroline Kerr. Photo by Ron Zelinski.

Photo of Gary BryanWritten by Gary Bryan – LA’s top morning radio personality

On October 19, 2019, hundreds of MFI members and guests gathered in the ballroom of the Beverly Hills Hotel for the 22nd annual Praise Brunch, for a celebration of Christ’s love and inspiring testimony from those who serve Him in the media and entertainment industries.

Mark Larson, of KFMB AM and KUSI TV in San Diego kicked off the morning as our emcee. He introduced the legendary Pat Boone. Pat told a fascinating story of his encounter with Israeli Prime Minister Bibi Netanyahu. Our next trip to Israel is coming soon. More on that in another post!

Carolyn Ridley, John Tinker, Mark Fincannon, Billy Davis Jr., Pastor Bob Rieth

From Right to Left: Carolyn Ridley, John Tinker, Mark Fincannon, Billy Davis Jr., Pastor Bob Rieth. Photo by Ron Zelinski.

Next, we viewed a video from MFI board member Rick Eldridge, who unfortunately couldn’t be with us this year due to production commitments. Rick heads the Praise Brunch committee each year. Following Rick’s greeting, we were blessed with a song by the incredible tenor Larry Wayne Morbitt. Larry is an accomplished singer and actor whose credits include acclaimed appearances throughout the U.S. and Europe, including Broadway. His current residency is as part of the Phantom of the Opera cast at the Venetian Hotel in Las Vegas. (Website: larrywayne.com)

Pastor Bob Rieth with recipient of the Ambassador Award Mark Fincannon.

Pastor Bob Rieth with recipient of the Ambassador Award Mark Fincannon. Photo by Ron Zelinski.

Just before our delicious breakfast, prepared by the hard-working staff of the Beverly Hills Hotel, Marilyn McCoo and Billy Davis, Jr. graced the stage with the Soldiers of the Second Coming. As always, their musical contribution was one of the highlights of the day.

As staff cleared our brunch dishes, Mark returned and introduced the recipient of this year’s MFI Ambassador Award: Mark Fincannon. Based in South Carolina, Mark is a principal in Fincannon Casting, the go-to casting company for thousands of TV and movie productions. Mark shared his Christian journey, which took a sharp turn with the dissolution of his marriage, as he realized he needed to fully equip himself to be a true ambassador for Christ. Now happily remarried, Mark became very emotional as he recounted the love and support he received from Pastor Bob Rieth.

Photo of Keynote Speaker John Tinker

Keynote Speaker John Tinker. Photo by Ron Zelinski.)

Next, our special guest speaker, renowned producer John Tinker, recounted his journey from Hollywood heavyweight (St. Elsewhere, Judging Amy), to a satisfying life in rural Georgia, where he is still active in TV and film production. Along the way, he also received prayers and personal support from Bob Rieth and other members of the MFI fellowship.

Pastor Bob Rieth then spoke about his vision for MFI, and as always, his passion and servant heart shone through. Bob spoke of the need for Christian fellowship in the media and entertainment industries. He also shared that he feels God is leading him to establish a Christian center for alcohol and drug rehabilitation. He asked all of us to join him in prayers for guidance and direction.

Altogether, it was a great morning of testimonies and music, and it set the stage for even greater things as we plan the 23rd annual MFI Praise Brunch for 2020!

The 22nd Annual MFI Praise Brunch at the
Beverly Hills Hotel: A Celebration!

Pastor Bob Rieth with Rian Newman, Chanse Corbi and Caroline Kerr.

Pastor Bob Rieth with Rian Newman, Chanse Corbi and Caroline Kerr. Photo by Ron Zelinski.

Photo of Gary BryanWritten by Gary Bryan – LA’s top morning radio personality

On October 19, 2019, hundreds of MFI members and guests gathered in the ballroom of the Beverly Hills Hotel for the 22nd annual Praise Brunch, for a celebration of Christ’s love and inspiring testimony from those who serve Him in the media and entertainment industries.

Mark Larson, of KFMB AM and KUSI TV in San Diego kicked off the morning as our emcee. He introduced the legendary Pat Boone. Pat told a fascinating story of his encounter with Israeli Prime Minister Bibi Netanyahu. Our next trip to Israel is coming soon. More on that in another post!

Carolyn Ridley, John Tinker, Mark Fincannon, Billy Davis Jr., Pastor Bob Rieth

From Right to Left: Carolyn Ridley, John Tinker, Mark Fincannon, Billy Davis Jr., Pastor Bob Rieth.jpg

Next, we viewed a video from MFI board member Rick Eldridge, who unfortunately couldn’t be with us this year due to production commitments. Rick heads the Praise Brunch committee each year. Following Rick’s greeting, we were blessed with a song by the incredible tenor Larry Wayne Morbitt. Larry is an accomplished singer and actor whose credits include acclaimed appearances throughout the U.S. and Europe, including Broadway. His current residency is as part of the Phantom of the Opera cast at the Venetian Hotel in Las Vegas. (Website: larrywayne.com)

MFI Praise 2019_720 - Pastor Bob Rieth and Mark Fincannon casting director and recipient of the Ambassador Award

Pastor Bob Rieth with recipient of the Ambassador Award Mark Fincannon.

Just before our delicious breakfast, prepared by the hard-working staff of the Beverly Hills Hotel, Marilyn McCoo and Billy Davis, Jr. graced the stage with the Soldiers of the Second Coming. As always, their musical contribution was one of the highlights of the day.

As staff cleared our brunch dishes, Mark returned and introduced the recipient of this year’s MFI Ambassador Award: Mark Fincannon. Based in South Carolina, Mark is a principal in Fincannon Casting, the go-to casting company for thousands of TV and movie productions. Mark shared his Christian journey, which took a sharp turn with the dissolution of his marriage, as he realized he needed to fully equip himself to be a true ambassador for Christ. Now happily remarried, Mark became very emotional as he recounted the love and support he received from Pastor Bob Rieth.

Photo of Keynote Speaker John Tinker

Keynote Speaker John Tinker

Next, our special guest speaker, renowned producer John Tinker, recounted his journey from Hollywood heavyweight (St. Elsewhere, Judging Amy), to a satisfying life in rural Georgia, where he is still active in TV and film production. Along the way, he also received prayers and personal support from Bob Rieth and other members of the MFI fellowship.

Pastor Bob Rieth then spoke about his vision for MFI, and as always, his passion and servant heart shone through. Bob spoke of the need for Christian fellowship in the media and entertainment industries. He also shared that he feels God is leading him to establish a Christian center for alcohol and drug rehabilitation. He asked all of us to join him in prayers for guidance and direction.

Altogether, it was a great morning of testimonies and music, and it set the stage for even greater things as we plan the 23rd annual MFI Praise Brunch for 2020!

Have you ever dreamed about going to Israel?

Photo of Israel with various historical buildings

Maybe you’ve already been there, but you want to share the beauty, history and significance of the Holy Land with someone. Media Fellowship International (MFI) and Pastor Bob Rieth are taking a small group June 1st to June 11th, 2020. (June 13th if you’d like to add Petra). We will visit Nazareth, Jerusalem, Galilee, Masada, the Garden of Gethsemane, Bethlehem, the Old City and more. We will also have the opportunity to take a boat ride in the Sea of Galilee, walk beside the River Jordan and be baptized and stand before the Western Wall (Wailing Wall). If time allows, you’ll have the chance to swim in the Dead Sea. In following days, we will walk in the Old City, then travel to Mount Zion and go to the Upper Room. From there it’s on to the Tomb of King David and the Garden Tomb.

MFI and Pastor Bob have had the opportunity to take about 10 small groups over the years. Pastor Bob has also been there himself, for specific pastoral and ministry purposes another 3 or 4 times. It is a place that calls to him. He would be honored to be able to share his love for this country and its history with you.

If you are interested in finding out more about this, please contact
Pastor Bob or Renae at mfi@usa.net or 206-617-7574.

Photo of Lana KingGuest Testimony

by Lana King “Former” Pres. of Distribution for FOX Broadcast Co. & CEO of the Hallmark Channel. Currently, Exec. Producer of TV series in development, “Prophets & King

Whether starting out, or mature in my career, I found that there is no real success without faith. It has been the faith of knowing that my life and my efforts are all part of God’s perfect plan. At every turn, I had a choice to submit to the status quo, feel stuck, or trust that I could do my best and God would do the rest.

This is where it started…
Coming out of graduate school, there was an industry-wide strike and no one was hiring. That was salt on the already open wound of defeat that had been festering for several years in college. No one in my close circle felt that entertainment was a real profession, and the naysayers assured me that the industry was impossible to get into for a mere mortal like me with no experience. I was educated and energetic, but stuck.

Still, I had to follow my instincts and my passion. I happened into a temp job for a senior industry executive. His secretary was gone for a month. I was employed, and therefore, unstuck. The job ended up being permanent, but permanently answering phones and managing someone else’s schedule didn’t line up with the aspirations I had for my career. I was stuck.

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