Bio

Robert J. Morgan

Robert J. Morgan is the pastor of The Donelson Fellowship in Nashville, Tennessee, where he has served for 35 years.  He is a best-selling and Gold-Medallion winning writer with over 25 books in print and over 4 million copies in circulation in multiple languages.  He is a writer for Dr. David Jeremiah and Turning Points Magazine, and has many articles published in other leading Christian periodicals.  He is also a regular contributor to The Huffington Post. Rob has appeared on numerous national television and radio shows.

He and his wife Katrina have three daughters and twelve grandchildren.  He is also co-owner of Roan Mountain Bed and Breakfast in Roan Mountain, Tennessee (roanmountainbedandbreakfast.com). In 2014, Rob was awarded an honorary Doctor of Divinity Degree from his alma mater, Columbia International University.

Background:

  • Born in Elizabethton, Tennessee in 1952.  Converted to Christ in childhood and called to the ministry as a teenager.
  • Attended King College in Bristol, Tennessee.
  • Graduated magna cum laude from Columbia International University in Columbia, S. C.
  • Graduated with high honors from Wheaton Graduate School, Wheaton, Illinois (MA in Christian Education).
  • Graduated from Luther Rice Seminary in Atlanta, Georgia, Master of Divinity.
  • Awarded an honorary Doctor of Divinity degree from Columbia International University.

Family:

  • Married to Katrina Polvinen Morgan, who is battling Multiple Sclerosis.
  • Three daughters—Victoria (1977), Hannah (1980) and Grace (1983)—and twelve grandchildren (nine granddaughters and three grandsons).
  • Family hobbies include traveling, gardening, and cooking.
  • The Morgans live in the Opryland area of Nashville.

Ministerial Experience:

  • Worked with the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association, doing advance work for crusades, 1974-1975.
  • Pastor of Harris Memorial Church in Greeneville, Tennessee from 1976-1979.
  • Pastor of The Donelson Fellowship in suburban Nashville, since January 1, 1980.
  • Conducted conferences for missions groups in Asia, Africa, Europe, and South America. Has Lectured frequently at Fackelbärana, the Torchbearer’s School in Holsybrunn, Sweden.
  • Frequent speaker at Christian colleges, conferences, workshops, seminars, and churches.
  • Regular Feature Writer for Turning Points Magazine
  • Click the speaking link to the left or at the top of the page to book Rob as a speaker for your next event.

Books:

  • Mastering Life Before It’s Too Late — A January 2015 release from Simon & Schuster.
  • 12 Stories of Christmas — A September 2014 release from HarperCollins.
  • The Angel Answer Book — A 2015 release from HarperCollins.
  • Prayers and Promises for Worried Parents, published in 2013 by Simon &  Schuster, a new title and format for Moments with Prodigals.
  • The Lord is My Shepherd–That’s Enough published in 2013 by Howard Books, a division of Simon & Schuster.
  • Angels: True Stories – published in September of 2011 by Thomas Nelson J. Countryman
  • Then Sings My Soul Book 3 – published in November of 2011 by Thomas Nelson
  • The Nativity Collection – Six Stories that Share the Smiles, the Heart, and the Hope of Christmas: published in 2010 by Thomas Nelson
  • 100 Bible Verses Everyone Should Know by Heart: published in 2010 by B & H Publishers
  • Near to the Heart of God: 366 devotions based on dates in the lives of famous hymn writers, published in October of 2009 by Revell Books.
  • My All in All – A book of daily devotions on God’s all-sufficient grace, scheduled for release in October, 2008 from B&H Publications.  Also to be released in large print.
  • My John 3:16 Book / Lola Mazola’s Happyland Adventure – a book designed to help elementary-aged children come to faith in Christ (B&H Publishers, 2008).  Also available in Spanish.
  • The Promise:  How God Works All Things for Good (B&H Publishers, 2008) – “Profound and simple, loving and firm, hopeful and helpful”—Publishers Weekly.  Soon to be available in Dutch and Korean.
  • Thomas Nelson’s Million Bible Challenge NKJV Edition with introduction by Robert J. Morgan – over 3 million in distribution.
  • The Red Sea Rules (Thomas Nelson, 2001) – Ten principles for handling difficulty drawn from the dramatic story of the parting of the Red Sea in Exodus 14.  A Crossings Book Club main selection.  Also translated into Spanish, Chinese, Korean, and Indonesian.  Over 300,000 copies sold.
  • SIMPLE:  The Christian Life Doesn’t Have to be Complicated (Randall House Publications, 2006).
  • He Shall be Called:  150 Names of Jesus in the Bible and What They Mean to You (Warner Press, 2005).  Paperback edition, 2006.
  • Come Let Us Adore Him – The stories behind our favorite Christmas Carols (J Countryman, 2005).
  • Jesus Loves Me, This I Know:  The Remarkable Story Behind the World’s Greatest Children’s Song (J Countryman, 2006).
  • Then Sings My Soul (Thomas Nelson, 2002) – 150 of the world’s greatest hymn stories.  This was a CBA Bestseller and a Crossings Bestseller with over 750,000 copies sold.  It was Books R Fun’s best-selling book for 2004, winning that award in two categories:  religion and general.
  • Then Sings My Soul, Volume 2 (Thomas Nelson, 2004).  On the CBA Bestseller list.
  • Then Sings My Soul:  Accompaniment Edition (Thomas Nelson, 2006).
  • Moments for Families With Prodigals (NavPress, 2003) – Prayers and promises for worried parents and grandparents.
  • The Children’s Daily Devotional Bible (Thomas Nelson, 1996) – Best-seller.  Winner of the 1997 Gold Medallion for the Elementary Division.  Over 100,000 in circulation.
  • The Light-Up Bible (Tommy Nelson, 1999) – Special edition of the Children’s Daily Devotional Bible with pop-up light for nighttime reading by children.
  • The International Children’s Devotional Bible (Nelson, 2000) – The Children’s Daily Devotional Bible in the text of the International Children’s Bible.
  • My First Catholic Bible (Nelson, 2001) – The Children’s Daily Devotional Bible for Catholic youngsters, using the text of the New Revised Stand Version and with an introductory letter from Mother Teresa.
  • Nelson’s Complete Book of Stories, Illustrations, and Quotes (Thomas Nelson, 2000) Nominated for a Gold Medallion in the Christian Ministry category – a comprehensive collection of quotes, stories, statistics, and illustrations for speakers.
  • The Preacher’s Sourcebook of Creative Sermon Illustrations (Thomas Nelson, 2007)
  • On This Day (Thomas Nelson, 1997) – Selected as the bicentennial product celebrating Nelson’s 200 years of Christian publishing history.  Translated into Korean, Indonesian, Dutch, Russian, and Chinese.
  • From This Verse (Thomas Nelson, 1998) – Adult devotional featuring 366 stories about Bible verses that made a difference in life and history.  Special edition published in the Philippines by CSM Publishing.  Also translated into Filipino, Indonesian, and Korean.
  • Beyond Reasonable Doubt (Evangelical Training Association, 1997) – Silver Medallion winner, 1998.  Textbook on apologetics.
  • Evidence and Truth:  Foundations for Christian Truth – A special edition of Beyond Reasonable Doubt, published by Crossway Books (2003)
  • Exploring Theology:  A Guide for Systematic Theology and Apologetics (with Clarence H. Benson, published by Crossway Books (2007)
  • Empowered Parenting (Lifeway Press, 1996).  Translated into Spanish, 1998.   Special edition published in the Philippines by CSM Publishing.
  • Tiny Talks (Thomas Nelson, 1996), a book of devotions for preschoolers, was a finalist in the C. S. Lewis Medal Contest in the Picture Book category
  • Real Stores for the Soul (Thomas Nelson, 2000) – 101 Incredible True Stories to Challenge Your Faith and Strengthen Your Trust.  Translated into Indonesian, Korean, and Chinese.
  • More Real Stories for the Soul (Thomas Nelson, 2000).  Translated into Indonesian and Chinese.
  • The Preacher’s Sourcebook:  2002 (Thomas Nelson, 2001) – A pastor’s toolbox of sermon outlines, service ideas, quotes, illustrations, interviews, and techniques for a year of pulpit work.  General Editor.
  • The Preacher’s Sourcebook:  2003 (Thomas Nelson, 2002) – A pastor’s toolbox of sermon outlines, service ideas, quotes, illustrations, interviews, and techniques for a year of pulpit work.  General Editor
  •  The Preacher’s Sourcebook:  2004 (Thomas Nelson, 2003) – #2 Bestseller on the CBA’s Church and Ministry List.
  • The Preacher’s Sourcebook:  2005 (Thomas Nelson, 2004).  On the CBA Bestseller list for Church and Ministry products.
  • The Preacher’s Sourcebook:  2006 (Thomas Nelson, 2005).  The top-selling minister’s annual for the fall and winter of 2005.
  • The Preacher’s Sourcebook:  2007 (Thomas Nelson, 2006).  The Preacher’s Sourcebook:  2008 (Thomas Nelson, 2007; with Joshua D. Rowe)
  • The Preacher’s Sourcebook:  2009 (Thomas Nelson, 2008; with Joshua D. Rowe)
  • Lean on Me (J. Countryman, 2001) – A gift book of stories written for Christian recording artist Kirk Franklin.