The Rev. Robert W. Lee IV

Robert Wright "Rob" Lee IV is a minister, educator, author, and activist.

He graduated with an MTS degree from Duke University Divinity School in Durham, North Carolina, in May 2017. Rob has served in UCC, Cooperative Baptist Fellowship, and United Methodist congregations, and was ordained by the CBF. 


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 has also been an 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, and A Sin By Any Other Name: Reckoning with Racism and the Heritage of the South published by Convergent Books.

Day1 Weekly Programs by The Rev. Robert W. Lee IV

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Rob Lee: Nevertheless, She Persisted

Monday January 09, 2017
The Rev. Rob Lee says he likes to think that the woman in Matthew 15 is an exemplar for all women and men who seek justice and don’t always get the answer they want. We have every right to question God, he says, but we must be prepared for persistence.

Articles by The Rev. Robert W. Lee IV

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

Monday January 09, 2017
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.

Rob Lee: Public Theology And Taylor Swift

Monday January 09, 2017
It’s confession time: I’m a huge Taylor Swift fan. I’m starting to identify with her more now that I’ve been thrust into the realm of public theology.

Rob Lee: 'Building a Bridge': An interview with Father James Martin

Monday January 09, 2017
He might be the most famous Catholic priest in the country. Father James Martin, SJ has sat down with me before and I consider him to be a light in this world. But this past year he, like me, has faced controversy. He wrote a book titled: 'Building a Bridge: How the Catholic Church can Enter into a Relationship of Respect, Compassion, and Sensitivity.'

Rob Lee: When Teaching Becomes an Education

Monday January 09, 2017
I’ve had the best time teaching public speaking at my alma mater this past semester. This is my first semester teaching and frankly the realities and complexities of my life have made it hard for me to keep my eyes on teaching the classes I was assigned. But nonetheless this all changed when two very different students did something liberating and radical in my class.

Rebert W. Lee IV: Christ the King: Where I Learn to Believe Again

Monday January 09, 2017
My wife hates spoilers, that’s why she hasn’t allowed me to show her one of the better episodes of Star Trek: The Next Generation. The final episode of the greatest television series of my life came to mind when I was geeking out with my friend Katelyn over the series. All Good Things Parts 1 and 2 try to capture the essence of the series that defined television science fiction in the late 1980’s and early 1990’s.

Rob Lee: Dear Uncle John - Suicide and the Love of God

Monday January 09, 2017
Dear Uncle John, I lashed out the other day because of your life, because of my life, because of our shared experience surrounding suicide. I dropped the F-bomb to a guy who tried to say you and others who committed suicide were in hell. It came as a surprise to many on Twitter. The tweet now has some 219 thousand likes and I’ve found both critique and celebration in my language.