Kyle McNutt has been involved in ministry for more than twenty years. He is the founder and Executive Director of encounterGOD, a ministry devoted to helping Christ followers develop a deeper level of intimacy with Jesus.
Kyle began his ministry as a volunteer in youth ministry at Trinity Church in Lubbock, Texas in the fall of 1994. Through his seven years at Trinity, he served as an intern in both youth and children’s ministry while also attending Texas Tech University. During his senior year at Tech, Kyle became the director of Frontline Ministries, one of the primary outreach and evangelism ministries at Trinity. As director of Frontline, Kyle oversaw various efforts, including the weekly Adopt-a-Block outreach, Sidewalk Sunday School, and the daily after-school program for at-risk neighborhood children.
Shortly before graduating from Texas Tech in May 1999 with a B.B.A. in Management Information Systems, Kyle met Carey Taylor, and upon marrying in May 2000, Kyle and Carey left Trinity to join Live Oak Community Church in Lubbock. Both Kyle and Carey spent several years as volunteers in the student ministry of Live Oak, and Kyle eventually took over the role of Director of Student Ministries in July 2003. In March 2004, the elders of Live Oak felt led to license and ordain Kyle, also making him a member of the teaching team for Live Oak’s primary weekend services. Kyle and Carey remained a part of the Live Oak ministry team until their departure in April 2006.
In 2005, Kyle and Carey attended the Onething young adult conference at the International House of Prayer (IHOP) in Kansas City, Missouri. This was a life-changing event for both and a major turning point in their ministry. Never before had either of them heard the truth of a God with a ravished heart for His bride, a God who is tender with us in the midst of our weakness, or a God who requires repentance but is quick to give grace when we approach Him with humility.
Shortly after returning to Lubbock from the conference, Kyle and Carey connected with the IHOP in Lubbock, a small ministry modeled closely after the Kansas City IHOP. After attending weekly prayer meetings for several months, Kyle eventually joined the volunteer staff. He served as a worship leader at the primary Tuesday night prayer meeting for nearly two years, taught regularly at IHOP weekend conferences, and served as director of the IHOP intern program. Kyle also served on the board of directors until moving to Fort Worth in June 2014.
Out of Kyle’s time at IHOP came the vision for his current ministry passion, encounterGOD Ministries. Founded in November 2006, the primary vision of encounterGOD is to see followers of Jesus become extravagant lovers of God as the first commandment is restored to first place in the life of the church. In addition, encounterGOD embraces various justice initiatives, specifically in seeing abortion and human trafficking eradicated in the name and through the power of Jesus!
Kyle, Carey, and their two girls, Brooklyn and Ashtyn, make their home in Fort Worth, Texas.