Luther Place welcomes guest preacher, Robert Lee, to Sunday service on June 24, 2018 at 10:30 am.
The Reverend Robert Wright Lee, IV is an author, activist, commentator, professor, and preacher. Lee is a native of Statesville, North Carolina and a graduate of Duke University Divinity School in Durham, North Carolina. He received his Master of Theological Studies in May of 2017 with a focus on practical theology and homiletics His thesis was on the corpus work of Bishop Will Willimon who was named one of the greatest preachers of our time. Rob completed his undergraduate work in Religious Studies and Appalachian Studies at Appalachian State University where he met his wife Stephanie. He also is also on the teaching faculty of Appalachian State and is pursuing a Ph.D. in homiletics at Chicago Theological Seminary.
Rob has written extensively for both secular and religious news outlets. Rob’s work has appeared in outlets such as NPR’s Weekend Edition, Ministry Matters, the Methodist Federation for Social Action, the Huffington Post, the Common English Bible: Student Edition, and the Washington Post. He has preached from churches with 10 members to churches with 4,000 members.
Rob, a nephew, generations removed of General Robert E. Lee has been engaged as an activist in the field of racial reconciliation. He participated in the 2017 MTV Video Music Awards and was on ABC’s The View where he spoke about the need to confront white supremacy and white privilege in white churches. Rob has written one book titled “Stained-Glass Millennials” (Smyth and Helwys 2017) and is currently writing his second book with Penguin Random House.
Rob was baptized and raised United Methodist, at Broad Street United Methodist Church in Statesville, and was ordained in the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship at First Baptist Church, West Jefferson. He believes himself to be an ecclesial mutt and cherishes the variety of traditions in which he has served. Lee lives in Statesville, North Carolina with his wife Stephanie and his toy poodle Frank.