Brandan Robertson

Brandan Robertson


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About Brandan

 Jeremiah Warren, 2018

Jeremiah Warren, 2018

 Jeremiah Warren 2018

Jeremiah Warren 2018

Brandan Robertson is an author, pastor, thought-leader, and contemplative activist working at the intersections of spirituality, sexuality, and social renewal. 

Brandan is the Lead Pastor of Missiongathering Christian Church in San Diego, CA and the author or contributing author to six books, including Nomad: A Spirituality For Travelling Light (DLT Books, 2016), The Inclusion Imperative: Becoming Communities That Embrace All (Chalice Press, 2018), and the editor of Our Witness: The Unheard Stories of LGBT+ Christians (DLT Books, 2017). 

A prolific writer, he has published numerous articles in respected outlets such as TIME Magazine, The Washington Post, and writes regularly for The Huffington Post.  As sought out commentator on faith and public life, he is regularly interviewed by outlets such as MSNBCNPR, TIME Magazine, Newsweek, The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, and The Associated Press.

Acclaimed as one of “the most hope-inspiring young Christian leaders”, Brandan speaks to diverse audiences around the globe and has been an honored guest speaker at a wide range of venues, from the White House to the Parliament of the Worlds Religions. He serves as an adjunct lecturer at San Francisco Theological Seminary and lectures regularly at globally prestigious academic institutions ranging from Oxford University, University College of Dublin, Cardiff University, and Emory University.  

Brandan is the founder and executive director of Metanoia, a non-profit working to foster spiritual and social renewal around the world. A committed advocate for human rights globally, in 2017, The Human Rights Campaign named Brandan one of their "Faith Leaders Leading the Fight for LGBT+ Equality". He served as the immediate past national spokesperson of Evangelicals for Marriage Equality and has served on the U.S. State Department's Working Group on Religion and LGBT+ Rights, The Democratic National Conventions LGBT+ Advisory Board, and the Humane Societies Millennial Faith Leader Advisory Board.

Brandan is currently a postulant in the Order of Ecumenical Franciscans, and earned his Bachelors Degree in Pastoral Ministry & Theology from Moody Bible Institute and his Masters of Theological Studies from Iliff School of Theology. 

He currently resides in San Diego, California. 

"It's in our diversity that we most clearly reflect God's divinity."



“The thing about Brandan is he’s really intelligent and he has a huge heart but he’s also fearless, and it’s that alchemy that makes him such a compelling voice for the new thing that Jesus is up to in the world.”
— Rob Bell, New York Times Best Selling Spirituality Author
“Brandan is a bold and courageous spiritual leader.”
— Richard Rohr, O.F.M., Founder of Center for Action and Contemplation
Brandan is a terrific dude... I enjoy working with Brandan and I think he’s got a very good hold on Integral concepts for spirituality.
— Ken Wilber, World-Renowned Philosopher and Author of "A Theory of Everything"
Brandan is an amazing and brave spokesperson for the Spirit in the context of his generation.
— Dr. Diana Butler Bass, Author, Grounded: A Spiritual Revolution
Brandan Robertson has proven himself to be an effective organizer and leader for inclusivity and dialogue in this country and beyond.
— Dr. Welton Gaddy, State of Belief Radio
“Exhibiting clarity, wisdom, and insight that belie his youth, Brandan Robertson has emerged as an exciting voice and leader... Robertson’s work is highly instructive—and a true inspiration.”
— Tom Krattenmaker, Columnist at USA Today
“In these times of reconfigurations and re-alignments within global spirituality, Brandan Robertson stands out as a thinker and as one of the young leaders whom we would be wise to watch and to listen to. His vocation and dedication are ever-present in what he writes and says and creates. “
— Phyllis Tickle, Founding Editor of Religion at Publishers Weekly
“A great thinker is someone who can be critical and hopeful in one breath. This is something Brandan Robertson does often and well.”
— Jonathan Merritt, Columnist at The Atlantic
Robertson’s words fill me with hope and make me excited to see what the rising generation has to offer the world.
— Deborah Jian Lee, Author of "Rescuing Jesus"
Robertson has the ability to be both incredibly relatable and spectacularly inspiring...Robertson’s vision for the future of the Church is one we should all aspire to: joyful, progressive, and fully alive.
— Garrett Schlichte, Contributor at The Washington Post
Brandan understands what attracts younger people and gently challenges us all to create more space for discovery and mystery in our faith communities.
— Canon Mark Russell, CEO of Church Army UK
[Brandan’s vision of the church] is consistently a voice for the oppressed and marginalized, a subversive grass-roots force working to uplift those on the edges of society, a check on the powerful and a warning to the mighty - that is a church I might want to be a part of.
— Dr. James Croft, Research Fellow of The Humanist Community at Harvard University
I commend Brandan...his heart struck me... If liberals, progressives, moderates, and conservatives can learn to agree to disagree, agreeably, and in respect and love, and not demonize the other, we just might get a slice of what Brandan Robertson desires: the Reign of God come and God’s will be done on earth as it is in heaven.
— Rev. Michael Camp, Minister & Author, Confessions of a Bible Thumper

"Wonder is the highest form of spiritual awakening. to live in radical amazement of the ordinary is to find pure and lasting joy."


Brandan's Books

A prolific author on spirituality, sexuality, and social justice, the following are the books authored by Brandan.