Ryan J. Pemberton

Writer and Editor in Seattle, WA

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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. Today, I serve as Director of Community Cultivation for Image, a quarterly journal curating, cultivating, and celebrating contemporary creative work at the intersection of art, faith, and mystery. As an independent communications consultant, I have helped for-profit and nonprofit clients across the country tell their stories in compelling ways.

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 role of art in cultivating a receptivity to awe, wonder, and surprise. A favorite piece is this 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
Brings to mind the work of Donald Miller, mixed with the vulnerability of NPR’s 'This American Life.' Pemberton is a thinking Christian who does not shy away from thought provoking questions about faith. A writer to watch."
–Michael Morris, Author of Man in the Blue Moon and Slow Way Home
Like David the young Psalmist, Ryan knows how to write and has something to say. Intelligent, personal and refreshingly honest, Ryan’s warm heart, active mind and hungry soul shine through on every page, illuminating what is often a dimly lit path towards knowing and doing God’s will. A worthy read."
Dick Staub, author, broadcaster, founder of The Kindlings Muse
I cannot think of a memoir I have related to more than Ryan Pemberton’s Called. It’s a book I could not put down. With honesty, passion and Narnia-like wonder, Ryan shows us in Called how beautifully thrilling the ride can be.”
Brett McCracken, author of Gray Matters and Hipster Christianity