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Bob Ekblad, ThD

Bob Ekblad, is executive director of Tierra Nueva and the People’s Seminary in Burlington, Washington. A minister in the Presbyterian Church (USA), he holds a ThD in Old Testament and is known internationally for his courses and workshops on reading the Bible.

Bob is the author of A New Christian Manifesto and Reading the Bible with the Damned. His passion is to see leaders recruited, equipped, and empowered by the Holy Spirit to minister to society’s least. He teaches courses in Biblical studies in missions at The Seattle School, Regent College, and Westminster Theological Centre in the UK, and he also leads workshops around the world on jail/prison ministry and missions.

Bob and his wife Gracie minister at Tierra Nueva and at their home-based retreat center New Earth Refuge. They have three children.



  • A Transforming Otherness
  • Redemption Not Deportation
  • Prophesy and Reconciliation
  • God Loves and Calls Violent Men
  • Following Abraham and Sarah out of Babylon
  • The Word of God … Through the Toilet Bowl
  • Don’t Fret about the Wicked: The Meek Will Inherit the Earth
  • Jesus’ Surprising Offer of Living Cocaine
  • Berries, Farmers, and Workers: Endangered Species
  • Journeying with Moses
  • Finding Refuge in God’s New Earth
  • Subjects of Their Own Liberation: Facilitating Dialogue in a Monologue World
  • “I Need a Beating” – Reading for Good News among Mexican Immigrants and Inmates Submerged in the Bad News
  • Jacob and Esau Behind Bars: Resisting Rejection by the “Elect” in Genesis 25-27
  • From Intimacy to Revolution: Receiving the Full Prophetic Experience in the Body of Christ
  • Against the Laws: Incarceration as Re-evaluation of the Natural World