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Reverend Robert Wright Lee IV    

North Carolina Pastor & Descendant of Robert E. Lee; Known for his 2017 MTV VMAs Speech

Described as a “beautiful and compelling writer” The Reverend Robert Wright Lee, IV more commonly known as Rob Lee is a Statesville native and received his Masters of Theology at Duke University Divinity School in Durham, North Carolina. Rob completed his undergraduate work in religion and Appalachian Studies at Appalachian State University where he met his fiancée Stephanie. Rob was called to be pastor of Bethany United Church of Christ in Winston-Salem in February of 2017

Rob is a columnist for the Statesville Record and Landmark in the faith section. That column has included interviews with Dr. Stanley Hauerwas, Dr. William H. Willimon, Dr. Diana Butler Bass, the Reverend James Martin, SJ, and many Statesville citizens. He has written extensively for both secular and religious news outlets. Rob’s work has appeared in outlets such as Ministry Matters, the Methodist Federation for Social Action, the Huffigton Post, the Common English Bible: Student Edition and most notably the Washington Post. He has preached from churches with 10 members to churches with 4,000 members.

Rob’s first book is titled Stained-Glass Millennials which explores the relationship between the institutional church and the Millennial generation. He recorded a radio broadcast with Day 1 ministries, an international preaching ministry for Mainline Protestant Churches.

Rob was baptized and raised United Methodist, at Broad Street United Methodist Church in Statesville, and was ordained in the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship. Currently, he is working toward dual-allignment with the United Church of Christ. He is supported by his parents, Rusty and Sherrie of Statesville, grandparents both of Statesville, brother Scott of Winston-Salem, and his fiancée Stephanie, who lives and works in Boone, North Carolina. He currently lives in Durham with his toy poodle Frank and miniature poodle Lizzie.


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