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The Rev. Rob Lee

The Rev. Rob Lee is pastor of Bethany United Church of Christ in Winston-Salem, NC, and author of the book Stained-Glass Millennials.

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The Rev. Robert Lee

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Bethany United Church of Christ, Winston-Salem, NC

Robert Wright "Rob" Lee IV is pastor of Bethany United Church of Christ in Winston-Salem, NC. He graduated with a Masters of Divinity degree from Duke University Divinity School in Durham, North Carolina, in May 2017. Rob has also served in Cooperative Baptist and United Methodist congregations.
Rob received his Bachelor of Arts in Religious Studies degree from Appalachian State University in Boone, North Carolina and served First Baptist Church, West Jefferson, NC as Assistant Minister for Youth while at Appalachian. He is now an adjunct instructor at Appalachian State University.
He has served as a religion columnist for the Statesville Record and Landmark in his hometown of Statesville, NC. He has also had works in the Huffington Post, Reconciling Ministries Network, and Baptist News Global.

Lee contributed to the Common English Bible, Student Edition. He is the author of Stained-Glass Millennials published by Smyth and Hewlys Publishing.

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ON Scripture: Gathering to Resolve Hate (Matthew 18:15-20) By The Rev. Robert W. Lee IV

The Rev. Robert Lee (UCC)


Gathering to Resolve Hate (Matthew 18:15-20)

By The Rev. Robert W. Lee IV


When I picture what God looks like, I picture Bertha Hamilton. Mother Bertha as she is known at her church is on staff at the hospital where my mom works. Mrs. Bertha has worked with my mother for some 30 years and was my confirmation mentor. Mrs. Bertha is also a person of color and has deeply influenced the way I look at race and the cost of discipleship. She is a humble servant and someone in whom I see the face of God whenever I am with her.

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The Rev. Rob Lee

Rob Lee: Nevertheless, She Persisted

Matthew 15:21-28

11th Sunday after Pentecost - Year A

August 20, 2017

The Rev. Robert Lee (UCC)


I am surrounded by strong and empowered women. My grandmother was president of the North Carolina Garden Club and has mingled with the likes of British royalty. My mom has her doctorate in nursing practice and my wife Stephanie is a force to be reckoned with in her own right. One of my closest friends is a woman named Palmer, who I'm certain be bishop as soon as she's out of seminary. All these women have shown me that while I may not always fully understand the persistence that women have to have in a patriarchal world, I can nonetheless appreciate and learn from it. The persistence of women through the ages in spite of men getting in the way is no surprise to me in today's Gospel text. What is surprising to me is Jesus' initial response to the persistent and empowered Canaanite woman in our narrative today.

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