4th street garden install - May 2016I’m a storyteller, pastor, community gardener, backyard chicken keeper and youth soccer coach. I’m married to Rebecca, am father to Maggie and Seth, and we live, love, work and play in the MLK neighborhood in Lexington, Kentucky, where we are part of the Fig Tree Collective. You can read more about our life in the East End here.

My first book, The Story of God, the Story of Us is an attempt to tell the ‘Big Story’ that unfolds in the pages of the bible. Churches, small groups, colleges and seminaries use it as an introduction to the bible – both for folk who’ve never read the bible, and those who’ve been reading it for years. It was one of Relevant magazine’s Top Ten books of 2010, and is available as an unabridged audiobook, read by my wife Rebecca and myself. My second book, TEN: Words of Life for an Addicted, Compulsive, Cynical, Divided and Worn-out Culture, was also published with IVP. I also contributed to Banned Questions About Christians.

I love talking about the Big Story that the bible narrates and about embodying that Story in community, and have had the privilege of doing so at conferences, retreats, college campuses and churches all over the States. If you’re interested in inviting me to speak, drop me a line at sean.gladding@gmail.com. Family photo

You can support our work and my writing by giving here.

(Please note: I am a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to Amazon.com. But certainly buy books where you want to see them sold.)


11 Responses to About

  1. Russell Halvorsen says:

    Thank you for a fantastic morning in Houston at Project Curate.

  2. Shawn Donovan says:

    I love your obituary of Jesus of Nazareth; it is stripped of all theology and because of that is most powerful. Thank you.

  3. seangladding says:

    Fixed now – thanks!

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  5. David Houghton says:

    Hi Sean

    Don’t know if you remember me after around 35 years.

    Glad to see you are doing well. Seems you have a lovely family.

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  7. Lisa Laviolette- Bondt says:

    Hey Sean!!! Many blessings Brother in Christ!! Here at Wesley in Lubbock, Texas thinking of you! I am now Chaplian at University Medical Center and a mother of 1 hilarious 7 year old named Liam . I met and married my husband David in Ireland doing mission work with people with special needs in a place called L’Arche. I am 23 years sober and the Lord continues to do a good work in me and no words can adequately describe my immense gratitude!!! May God bless and your sweet family!! Lisa

    • seangladding says:

      Lisa!!! So lovely to hear from you. And grateful for your sobriety and the fruit it has borne. Thanks for saying hi!

      • Lisa Laviolette- Bondt says:

        Remember you and Matt pushed my 70 El Camino out of the way at Lowe’s at 20th and Boston& then invited me to prayer night at Wesley! Phil Sizer’s son goes to the same school as my son ! So proud of what God has done through you! And what a beautiful family!!! ❤️

  8. seangladding says:

    Great memories! Please greet Phil for me next time you see him.

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