Disability, Inclusion & Heart of the Gospel

Posted: Mar 31, 2014

April 24, 11-Noon in Santee Chapel, Rev. Rob Molsberry speaks on "Disability, Inclusion & The Heart of the Gospel," a free public lecture sponsored by the Disability Awareness Committee.

Bob, injured in a bicycle accident in 1997, uses a wheelchair for mobility. He is the author of two books that explore the concept of disability, Blindsided by Grace: Entering the World of Disability and Tour de Faith: A Cyclist’s Lessons for Living. He also has published several dozen articles.

Active in wheelchair sports, he completed an Ironman-length triathlon in 2010, and competed in the U.S. Paralympics Swimming Trials leading to the London Paralympics, where he captured first place in the breast stroke events in his disability classification.

Bob was active in planning and leading three annual Widening the Welcoming Conferences on disability inclusion in St. Louis and Columbus in 2010, 2011, and 2012, and has served on the UCC Disabilities Ministries Board. His most recent position was as Conference Minister for the Ohio Conference of the United Church of Christ from 2007-13.

Currently Interim Senior Pastor at Peace United Church of Christ in Webster Groves, Missouri, Bob has served in a variety of settings across the United Church of Christ. A graduate of Yale Divinity School, Bob has served churches in Illinois and Iowa, including an 11-year tenure at the congregation where he was baptized and raised in Grinnell, Iowa.

He and his wife, Ann, were Peace Corps volunteers for three years in the highlands of Guatemala, and then with their two children in tow, served for three years in Nicaragua with the Mennonite Central Committee, doing training in church-based community development.