Christian Pastor, Author, Activist & Speaker
Brian D. McLaren is an author, speaker, activist, and networker among innovative Christian leaders. His dozen-plus books include A New Kind of Christianity, A Generous Orthodoxy, Naked Spirituality, and Why Did Jesus, Moses, the Buddha, and Mohammed Cross the Road? He and his wife, Grace, live in Florida and have four adult children and two granddaughters. He’s an avid wildlife and outdoors enthusiast who believes God’s first language is this amazing universe.
He graduated from University of Maryland with degrees in English. In 2004, he was awarded a Doctor of Divinity Degree from Carey Theological Seminary in Vancouver, BC, Canada. And in 2010, he was awarded a second Doctor of Divinity Degree from Virginia Theological Seminary.
In 1982, he helped form Cedar Ridge Community Church, an innovative, transdenominational church in the Baltimore-Washington region. Brian has been active in networking and mentoring church planters and pastors since the mid 1980’s, and has assisted in the development of several new churches. He is a popular speaker for campus groups, seminaries, and clergy and leadership conferences, nationally and internationally. His public speaking covers a broad range of topics including the gospel and global crises; theology and postmodernity; liturgy, preaching and spiritual formation; evangelism and inter-religious dialogue, and faith and social justice.
McLaren’s first book, The Church on the Other Side: Doing Ministry in the Postmodern Matrix, has been recognized as a primary portal into the current conversation about postmodern ministry. He also has written Finding Faith, A New Kind of Christian, More Ready Than You Realize: Evangelism as Dance in the Postmodern Matrix, A Generous Orthodoxy, The Story We Find Ourselves In, The Last Word and the Word After That, The Secret Message of Jesus, Everything Must Change: Jesus, Global Crises, and a Revolution of Hope, Finding Our Way Again, A New Kind of Christianity: Ten Questions That Are Transforming the Faith, Naked Spirituality: A Life with God in Twelve Simple Words, and Why Did Jesus, Moses, the Buddha, and Mohammed Cross the Road? (Christian Identity in a Multi-Faith World.
He has also co-authored and edited several books, and has contributed articles, columns, and interviews to many periodicals. He has been profiled in Christian Century, Christianity Today, The Washington Post, and many other print media, and Time listed him among twenty-five influential Christian leaders in America. He has appeared on a variety of national media, including Larry King Live on CNN, Nightline on ABC, FOX News, PBS, and NPR.
His popular blog along with links to many of his articles, interviews, videos, and liturgical resources can be found at www.brianmclaren.net.
He was a founding member of Emergent Village, a growing generative friendship among missional Christian leaders and has served on several other nonprofit boards including International Teams, the Seattle School, and Sojourners. He has taught or lectured at many universities and seminaries (including Yale, Princeton, Fuller, George Fox, Biblical, Asbury, Western, Mars Hill Graduate School, Wesley, and Dominican). He currently serves on the board of Claremont School of Theology.