April 2014 Lecture

Thursday, April 24, 2014

11:00 am Santee Chapel

Disability, Inclusion, and the Heart of the Gospel

Sponsored by the Disabilities Awareness Committee
Rev. Bob MolsberryInterim Senior Pastor at Peace United Church of Christ in Webster Groves, Missouri

The Rev. Bob Molsberry has served in a variety of settings across the United Church of Christ. A graduate of Yale Divinity School, Bob has served churches in Illinois and Iowa, including an 11-year tenure at the congregation where he was baptized and raised in Grinnell, Iowa.

He and his wife, Ann, were Peace Corps volunteers for three years in the highlands of Guatemala, and then with their two children in tow, served for three years in Nicaragua with the Mennonite Central Committee, doing training in church-based community development.

Bob has published several dozen articles, and is the author of two books, “Blindsided by Grace: Entering the World of Disability,” and “Tour de Faith: A Cyclist’s Lessons for Living.” Both books explore the concept of disability as Bob, injured in a bicycle accident in 1997, now uses a wheelchair for mobility.  

He was active in planning and leading three annual Widening the Welcoming Conferences on disability inclusion in St. Louis and Columbus in 2010, 2011, and 2012, and has served on the UCC Disabilities Ministries Board. His most recent position was as Conference Minister for the Ohio Conference of the United Church of Christ from 2007-13.

Bob and Ann moved to the St. Louis area to be near their two grandchildren. In addition to family and travel, Bob is active in wheelchair sports. He completed an Ironman-length triathlon in 2010, and competed in the U.S. Paralympics Swimming Trials leading to the London Paralympics, where he captured first place in the breast stroke events in his disability classification.