Bio

Robert J. Morgan

Robert J. Morgan is the teaching pastor of The Donelson Fellowship in Nashville, Tennessee, where he has served for 38 years.  He is a best-selling, gold-Illuminations, and gold-medallion winning writer with more than 35 books in print and more than 4.5 million copies in circulation in multiple languages. He is a collaborative writer for Dr. David Jeremiah and Turning Points Magazine. He is also a contributor to the Huffington PostRob has appeared on numerous television and radio shows. He speaks widely at churches, conferences, schools, and corporate events.

He is a homemaker and a caregiver for his wife, Katrina, who battles multiple sclerosis. He and Katrina have three daughters and fourteen grandchildren. They are co-owners of Roan Mountain Bed and Breakfast in Roan Mountain, Tennessee. 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 fourteen grandchildren.
  • 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.