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Rev. Brandan  Robertson

Rev. Brandan Robertson

Reverend, Author & Founder of Metanoia


Rev. Brandan Robertson is a noted author, national organizer, and public theologian, working at the intersections of spirituality, sexuality, and social renewal. He is the founder of Metanoia, a global digital faith community. Read More >

A prolific writer, he is the author of eight books on spirituality, justice, and theology, including the INDIES Book of the Year Award Finalist True Inclusion: Creating Communities of Radical Embrace and the best-selling devotional Strength In Faith. He is a columnist for Bishop John Shelby Spong’s Progressing Spirit, and has bylines in TIME Magazine, San Diego Union Tribune, The Huffington Post, NBC, and The Washington Post. As a trusted voice on progressive faith and politics, Robertson is regularly interviewed in national and global media outlets including National Public Radio, The Independent UK, The New York Times, and POLITICO. In July 2021, Robertson was listed as one of Rolling Stone Magazines annual “Hot List” of up-and-coming influencers and leaders.

Each year, Robertson speaks on a variety of topics across the globe and has been an honored speaker at renowned institutions such as The White House, Oxford University, and The Parliament of the World’s Religions. He has taught seminars for San Francisco Theological Seminary, Disciples Seminary Foundation, and Auburn Seminary. Robertson also currently serves on the faculty of The Lakelands Institute. He has served on advisory committees and working groups for the Democratic National Convention, the U.S. Department of State, the Department of Health and Human Services, The Humane Society, and in 2020 was named a Fellow of the prestigious Salzburg Global Seminar. From 2017 - 2021, Robertson served as the Senior Pastor of Mission gathering Christian Church in San Diego, CA.

Named by the Human Rights Campaign as one of the top faith-leaders leading the fight for LGBTQ+ equality, Robertson has worked with political leaders and activists around the world to end conversion therapy and promote the human rights of sexual and gender minorities. He works as a national organizer of people of faith on a wide array of social and political issues for respected organizations such as The Interfaith Alliance, the Bradbury Sullivan LGBT Community Center, and Faith In Public Life. He is also a founding member of The Union of Affirming Christians and The Global Interfaith Commission on LGBTQ+ Lives.

Robertson received his Bachelor of Arts in Pastoral Ministry and Theology from Moody Bible Institute, his Masters of Theological Studies from Iliff School of Theology, and his Masters in Political Science and Public Administration from Eastern Illinois University. He currently resides in Washington, D.C. Read Less ^

Speaker Videos

True Inclusion

On Marriage Equality Ruling

Evangelizing Marriage Equality Among Evangelicals Clip

Speech Topics

True Inclusion: Creating Communities of Radical Embrace

How can we embrace intersectional inclusion as individuals, schools, non-profits, and faith communities? What does true inclusion look like beyond virtue signaling and outward signs and symbols? Robertson has worked with countless organizations, leaders, and governments to curate environments of intersectional inclusion and in this talk, he offers a practical guide for us all to begin the work of living out true inclusion.

Come Out!

There is a transformational power in coming out as LGBTQ+: It’s a spiritual, social, and psychological journey that requires bravery and boldness. In this talk, Robertson shares his own dramatic coming out story and inspires LGBTQ+ identified people to embrace their identity and their journey, while challenging non-LGBTQ+ communities to empathize, learn from, and ultimately celebrate the LGBTQ+ people in their communities.

Nomad: Creating A Spirituality Of Your Own

Young people are leaving organized religion in droves, but more people than ever are identifying as spiritual. What is happening and where is this all going? In this talk, Robertson uses his own story as a millennial faith leader to help paint a picture of the progressive, inclusive spirituality that is emerging, and inspires audiences to embrace a creative spirituality of their own.