Robb Morgan is the Managing Director of Vineyard USA. Robb grew up in Danbury, CT before going to college at The Ohio State University where he played for and captained the OSU Men’s Soccer Team from 1991-1995, graduating from OSU with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in 1996.
In 1998, following a very dark and difficult few years, Robb encountered Jesus while on a business trip to Southern California. Over the course of one week, a bartender at the hotel where Robb was staying, and who happened to attend a Vineyard Church, proclaimed the love of God and demonstrated the power of Jesus. At 2am on September 1, Robb surrendered his life to Jesus – just a few hours before hopping on a plane and going back to Ohio.
Upon returning to Columbus, Robb immediately got involved with Joshua House, the young adult ministry at Vineyard Columbus. It was there that Robb met his wife Julie, and they attended a small group led by Jay & Danielle Pathak. At Vineyard Columbus, Robb led multiple small groups, attended Vineyard Leadership Institute and interned with Bill Christensen. In 2001, along with a team of young adults, Robb and Julie moved to Colorado to be a part of the Arvada Vineyard church plant led by Jay & Danielle.
In 2004, Robb, Julie and their three month old daughter Emma returned to the Columbus area and joined the Vineyard Church of Delaware County serving on staff with Danny and Penny Meyer. Robb served as an Associate Pastor until he and Julie sensed the call to plant again and in 2009 were sent across the county to plant the Delaware City Vineyard. On September 6 2009, Delaware City Vineyard held its first service and for the past twelve years has faithfully tried to live out its simple mission statement – “in the city, for the city.” Much of the ministry of Delaware City Vineyard focuses on children, the poor, the margins and the lost. The Delaware City Vineyard released the Neighborhood Church plant in Marion, OH in 2017 and have recently sent a church planter to join Vineyard61 in south London.
Throughout his time in the Vineyard, Robb has served as an Area Leader, a Missions Partnership Leader, on the Multiply Vineyard team and in a variety of other translocal roles and tasks forces. Robb has spoken at regional and national events with Multiply Vineyard and Vineyard Justice Network.
Robb and Julie will be celebrating their 20th anniversary in 2022 with a trip to Iceland. They are the parents to two teenagers, Emma and Via. As a family they enjoy good music, good food and the great outdoors. You may have seen some of the adventures in their converted school bus on Instagram (@mor.to.explore). Currently, they are working hard to raise some chickens, shelter some kittens and prepare for spring gardening and orchard planting.
For many years the phrase “we stand on the shoulders of giants” has been shared at various Vineyard gatherings. For decades, men and women have given so much to make a place for people like me to find a home and a family; to learn how to hear God’s voice and respond to his leading; to be equipped and encouraged to take risks for the sake of the Kingdom.
I am deeply humbled and tremendously excited about the opportunity to give back to a movement that has given me so much – and way more than I deserve. I believe that one way we can honor those who have come before us is to take up the same challenge they took up. Knowing that God has given something unique to the Vineyard for the sake of the church and the world, I’m excited to be a part of stewarding that gift into the future with the courage and passion that has consistently defined the Vineyard.
To this point in the journey, I have been amazed at the life God has allowed me to live, the people He’s allowed me to meet, the experiences that He’s allowed to have, and look forward with great expectation towards what comes next.
My dream for Vineyard churches is to flourish in their local contexts. And for those local contexts – towns, cities, neighborhoods, and communities – to flourish because a Vineyard church exists. May our churches be expressions of the Kingdom of God in both demonstration and proclamation.
After a few months on pastoral staff with Danny Meyer at the Vineyard Church of Delaware County, I asked how he had been able to do ministry for the long haul. In just a few months, I could see that the work of ministry was a rollercoaster of testimonies and tragedies marked by both joy and pain.
He offered words that have shaped me ever since: “Never be surprised by the stories people share with you. By the grace and power of God, we are capable of the loftiest of achievements and because of the power of sin and darkness the most egregious of human acts.” Those words have offered a hopeful, patient, gracious, and sustaining perspective to the joys and challenges that we face in ministry at every level.
There are great achievements that will be accomplished by this team and through this movement. There will be hard conversations and difficult decisions. We can expect some challenges and hardships as well. We are people who have been shaped by the “now and not yet” of the Kingdom of God and are tasked with running a marathon and not a sprint.