Brian McLaren (foreground) and Tony Jones, Yale Theological Conversation, Yale Divinity School, February 2006
Brian McLaren (foreground) and Tony Jones, Yale Theological Conversation, Yale Divinity School, February 2006

Brian D. McLaren (born 1956) is an American pastor, author, speaker, and leading figure in the emerging church movement. McLaren is also associated with postmodern Christianity.[1]

McLaren founded Cedar Ridge Community Church in Spencerville, Maryland, in 1982 while he was teaching English on the college level. In 1986, he became a full-time pastor. The church eventually grew to include 500 members.[2] In 2015, McLaren was recognized by Time magazine as one of the 25 Most Influential Evangelicals in America.[3] McLaren left his position at Cedar Ridge in 2006 to pursue writing and speaking full time.[2]

In 2011, McLaren defended Rob Bell's controversial book Love Wins against critiques from figures such as Albert Mohler, who argued that Bell advocated universalism.[4]

In 2013, McLaren stated that he did not believe homosexual conduct to be sinful.[5]

McLaren is married and has four children. He has traveled extensively in Europe, Latin America, and Africa, and his personal interests include ecology, fishing, hiking, kayaking, camping, songwriting, music, art, and literature.[6] In September 2012, McLaren led a commitment ceremony for his son Trevor and partner Owen Ryan at the Audubon Naturalist Society in Chevy Chase, Maryland.[7]


See also


  1. ^ "Brian McLaren: Postmodern Christianity Understood as Story". Retrieved 22 August 2017.
  2. ^ a b Garrison, Greg (August 2, 2014). "'The Bible is a book about immigration': Emerging Church leader McLaren returning to Birmingham". al.
  3. ^ "Brian McLaren - Paradigm Shifter". Time. 2005-02-07. Archived from the original on June 11, 2010.
  4. ^ "Brian McLaren Defends Rob Bell against Mohler's Critique". Retrieved 22 August 2017.
  5. ^ Theoblogy (8 October 2012). "Brian McLaren's View on Homosexuality".
  6. ^ "Brian McLaren - Biography". 20 April 2006. Archived from the original on 20 April 2006.
  7. ^ "Trevor McLaren, Owen Ryan - Weddings". The New York Times. 2012-09-23. Retrieved 15 October 2012.

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