Rob Stephens serves as Minister for Organizing at Middle Collegiate Church. Rob joined the pastoral team at Middle in the spring of 2016 after graduating from Union Theological Seminary in the City of New York with a Masters of Divinity. His new role at Middle Church includes working on national justice campaigns and the Revolutionary Love Conference. When not at Middle, Rob is a trainer with the Racial Equity Institute.
Before coming to New York City, Rob served for three years as a Field Secretary for the North Carolina NAACP, and was one of the organizers of North Carolina’s Forward Together-Moral Monday Movement. He has also participated in organizing for the Poor People's Campaign: A National Call for Moral Revival. Rob serves on the Advisory Board for the Marian Cheek Jackson Center for Saving and Making History in Chapel Hill, NC, an organization he co-founded in 2008 that focuses on combating gentrification through oral history, community organizing and housing justice. Rob is ordained by the Reformed Association of the United Church of Christ. Rob is married to the Rev. Hershey Mallette Stephens, an Episcopal priest serving as Associate Rector at St. Johns Norwood in Bethesda, MD. Hershey and Rob are native North Carolinians.