The Reverend Robert Wright Lee, IV more commonly known as Rob is a Statesville native who received his Masters of Theological studies in May of 2017 from Duke University Divinity School. Rob completed his undergraduate work in religion and Appalachian Studies at Appalachian State University where he met his wife Stephanie. He currently serves on faculty at Appalachian State as an Instructor. In the fall of 2018 Rob started his PhD work at Chicago Theological Seminary in Chicago, Illinois.
Rob was a columnist for the Statesville Record and Landmark in the faith section from 2011-2018. That column included interviews with Dr. Stanley Hauerwas, Dr. William H. Willimon, Dr. Diana Butler Bass, the Reverend James Martin, SJ, and many Statesville citizens. He has written extensively for both secular and religious news outlets. Rob’s work has appeared in outlets such as NPR’s Weekend Edition, The State of Things, The View, MTV’s Video Music Awards, Ministry Matters, the Methodist Federation for Social Action, the Huffigton Post, the Common English Bible: Student Edition, and the Washington Post. He has preached all across the country from churches with 10 members to churches with 4,000 members.
Rob’s first book is titled “Stained-Glass Millennials”, the book explores the relationship between the institutional church and the Millennial generation. He has recorded sermons for Day 1 Ministries and is currently working on his second book with Penguin Random House.
Rob was baptized and raised United Methodist, at Broad Street United Methodist Church in Statesville, and was ordained in the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship. He is supported by his parents, Rusty and Sherrie of Statesville, grandparents both of Statesville, brother Scott of Winston-Salem, and his wife Stephanie. He currently lives in Statesville with his toy poodle Frank and miniature poodle Lizzie.