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McBrayer1-13Thank you for visiting the website of author, columnist, and pastor Ronnie McBrayer.

Take some time to listen to one of his talks (if you can stand a strong dose of Appalachian twang); grab one of his books; browse his “Keeping the Faith” articles or blog. Also, you can receive regular e-columns/devotionals in your inbox by signing-up here. Thanks for visiting.

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Ronnie McBrayer was born and raised in the foothills of the North Georgia Mountains, and claims he barely survived the fire-and-brimstone churches located there. Shaped by this experience, Ronnie has spent his lifetime preaching and protesting; loving and leaving; resisting and returning to faith – faith in Jesus. With this contagious trust in Christ, a light, schoolboy wit, and his applauded story-telling style, Ronnie invites his readers and listeners to reflect, laugh, face the unexpected, and to be changed by the grace of God.

Ronnie has been a pastor, chaplain, leader in social justice ministries, and a writer. He holds degrees in Christian Education and Theology, with post-graduate studies in Bio-Ethics and Critical Incident Stress Management. His post-Katrina relief work with Habitat for Humanity was featured by the CBS Evening News and the New York Times. McBrayer’s weekly newspaper column, “Keeping the Faith,” began as a devotional article for his local newspaper. It is now nationally syndicated with a circulation of more than six million readers.

He leads A Simple Faith in Santa Rosa Beach, Florida and is the author of multiple books and publications. For more information or if you are interested in making arrangements for Ronnie to speak to your group, please contact him here.

What Others Are Saying: 

“To read Ronnie McBrayer is to be re-commissioned in that great enterprise of being sent into the world, to bear the image of God and to announce to everyone that his reign is peaceable, just, and beautiful. And near!” – Michael Frost, Author, The Road to Missional, The Shaping of Things to Come and ReJesus

“Ronnie reminds me of Clarence Jordan and his Cotton Patch Version of The New Testament. McBrayer challenges us to implement Jesus’ words every day. Waiting until one dies for some heavenly ever-after makes a selfish mockery of Christianity.” – Morris Dees, Founder, Southern Poverty Law Center

“Ronnie McBrayer writes with wisdom, passion, and humor, bringing into contemporary focus the biblical good news.” – Joyce Hollyday, Co-pastor, Circle of Mercy congregation in Asheville, North Carolina, and author of several books, including Clothed with the Sun: Biblical Women, Social Justice, and Us. 

“Ronnie McBrayer challenges us to earnestly and actually do what Jesus did so God’s Kingdom can come and His will can be done on earth as it is in Heaven.” – Linda Fuller Degelmann, co-founder of Habitat for Humanity International and The Fuller Center for Housing

“What a delightful and inspiring writer! I encourage you to let your soul soar – as mine did – with the practical, life-changing insights Ronnie offers.” – Dr. Rubel Shelly, President and Professor of Philosophy and Religion, Rochester College

“Ronnie McBrayer’s words ring true with how I have sought to live my own life – to do what I can where I can – to make a real difference in this world.” – President Jimmy Carter 

“In a lively and engaging style, Ronnie McBrayer cuts through theological jargon and unwraps the central teachings of Jesus.” – Donald Kraybill, author of “The Upside Down Kingdom” and Senior Fellow, Young Center for Anabaptist Studies, Elizabethtown College

“At moments humorous and at other moments passionate, Ronnie McBrayer produces page-turners that ordinary church members will understand and that, perhaps, will change their lives.  Don’t read him unless you are ready to look honestly at what it means to really follow Jesus.” – Rob Nash, Global Missions Coordinator, The Cooperative Baptist Fellowship

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