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 a noted author, activist, and pastor, working at the intersections of spirituality and social renewal. He currently serves as the Lead Pastor of Missiongathering Christian Church in San Diego, CA and serves as the Executive Director of Metanoia.  

A prolific writer, he is the author of Nomad: A Spirituality For Travelling Light (DLT Books, 2016), True Inclusion: Becoming Communities Radical Embrace (Chalice Press, 2018), Gay & Christian, No Contradiction (Nomad Press, 2016), The Gospel of Inclusion: A Christian Case for LGBT+ Inclusion (Cascade Books, 2019), the editor of Our Witness: The Unheard Stories of LGBT+ Christians (Cascade Books, 2018), and a contributing author to The Preachers Guide to the Lectionary- Volume 2 (WJK Press, 2019), Praying in the Frat House, Kissing in the Chapel (Rowman and Littlefield, 2016), and Rally: Prayers for the Lovers of God and Neighbor (Upper Room Books, 2019).  He also writes regularly for Patheos, and has bylines in TIME Magazine, Dallas Morning News, The Huffington Post, NBC, and The Washington Post

Robertson speaks to audiences across the globe and has been an honored speaker at renowned institutions like The White House, Oxford University, The U.S. Peace Corps Headquarters, and The Parliament of the World’s Religions. He teaches seminars at San Francisco Theological Seminary and is a consultant and facilitator with Auburn Theological Seminary. He is also a founding member of The Union of Affirming Christians (Union Theological Seminary), and has served as a board member/advisor to the Democratic National Convention, Department of State, Department of Health and Human Services, Red Letter Christians, and The Humane Society.

Named by the Human Rights Campaign as one of the top faith-leaders leading the fight for human rights, Robertson has has worked with political and social leaders around the world to end conversion therapy and promote LGBT+ rights. Robertson currently serves as the co-chair of San Diego Pride’s DevOUT Interfaith Coalition, has served as the national spokesperson of Evangelicals For Marriage Equality and developed the Evangelical Outreach Program for Faith In Public Life and the Bridging the Divides Program for Interfaith Alliance of Colorado. 

Robertson received his B.A. in Pastoral Ministry and Theology from Moody Bible Institute and his Masters of Theological Studies focused on sexual and gender justice from Iliff School of Theology. He currently resides in San Diego, CA. 

"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 crucial and courageous theologian working at the intersection between faith and LGBTQ equality.
— Vicky Beeching, Leading LGBT+ Activist and Author of "Undivided"
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

"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 our containing contributions from Brandan.