by Max Brantley
Robb Ryerse has been a minister for over 20 years. Today, he co-pastors Vintage Fellowship, nestled in Northwest Arkansas, with his wife Vanessa. Vintage Fellowship is a radically different kind of church that welcomes all people and is a member of OPEN, a network of progressive-leaning churches. Robb is an Eisenhower Republican who wants to help lead the party back to their roots of responsible stewardship, personal liberty and equal opportunity for all — qualities he finds lacking in today’s Republican leadership. After serving his Arkansas community as pastor for the last 12 years, Robb is answering a different call today: The call to run for United States Congress, bringing integrity and compassion back to the halls of government.
After pastoring traditional, fundamentalist churches for 10 years, Robb went through a crisis of faith that led to the birth of Vintage Fellowship. He just couldn’t any longer be a part of a church that didn’t allow questions, struggles, and doubts. His deep commitment to giving people the time and room to grow produced a longing to start a community founded on grace.Oh, heck, let's not beat around the bush. Here's a blog post by
Robb is the author of Fundamorphosis: How I Left Fundamentalism But Didn’t Lose My Faith, the story of his theological transformation. He graduated from Biblical Theological Seminary in Hatfield PA and Baptist Bible College in Clarks Summit PA. Currently, he works full-time as an account executive for a local television station.
I was wrong when I said that the Bible clearly teaches a traditional definition of marriage. I was wrong to be insensitive to the lives and struggles of gay and lesbian people. I was wrong for perpetuating state oppression of a group of citizens. I was wrong and I repent.Amen, brother.
We've got to stop blaming people who can't afford healthcare — that's my personal belief and policy belief. #RepublicansForMedicareForAll— Robb Ryerse (@robb2018) May 17, 2017