Ryan J. Pemberton

Writer and Adjunct Professor in Berkeley, California

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I tell stories.

I'm a words guy from the Pacific Northwest with a background in marketing and public relations. I spent four years at a PNW agency, helping clients tell their story in an array of industries, before leaving to study theology in England.

After earning my Oxford degree, I moved to North Carolina to study at Duke Divinity School. Returning to the West Coast, I served as University Minister for four and a half years, bridging the gap between church and university communities in Berkeley, California. As an independent communications consultant, I have helped for-profit and nonprofit clients tell their stories.

I've written for Christianity Today, Sojourners, Image Journal, Duke University Chapel, Bible Study Magazine, and Relevant magazine. My latest is a reflection on the quiet, radical liturgy of Fred Rogers for Christianity Today. I described the long-term impact of growing up in poverty for Sojourners Magazine. My article, “What My Berkeley Congregation Taught Me About Loving My Political Neighbor,” was named a not-to-miss read of 2018.

My memoir on calling, Called: My Journey to C. S. Lewis’s House and Back Again, was published in 2015 (Leafwood Publishers) and has already hung out with cooler people than me.

My second project, Walking With C. S. Lewis: A Spiritual Guide Through His Life and Writings, was released in 2018 (Lexham Press), in collaboration with video lectures filmed in and around Oxford.

I am represented by Amanda Luedeke of MacGregor and Luedeke Literary Agency.

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  • Education
    • Oxford University
    • Duke Divinity School