Executive Director, Interfaith Federation of Greater Baton Rouge
Rev. Robin McCullough-Bade is the youngest of three daughters born of Harry and Lois (Robinson) McCullough in Mansfield Ohio. Both parents have ancestors who were among the first families to settle in Ohio. She was nurtured in the church, supported by an expansive family unit, and encouraged to explore her dreams.
Her favorite childhood memories include playing tennis at a nearby park and camping at the national parks with her family. She continues to play tennis on several USTA teams and has a goal of hiking through all the national parks. Currently, she takes special delight in encouraging her stepson Michael Bade and his wife Alisha as they transition into their adult lives and careers.
Rev. McCullough-Bade comes from a long tradition of educators, including her grandfather, mother and sisters. Following college at Miami University (Oxford, Ohio), she taught elementary school, directed an Environmental Education Center, and served as a Christian Education director at a church in Iowa.
In 1989, Rev. McCullough-Bade was ordained a pastor in the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) after receiving her Master of Divinity from Trinity Lutheran Seminary (Columbus, Ohio). She has served congregations in Ohio, Texas and Louisiana as well as Lutheran, Presbyterian, and Episcopalian.
She and her late husband Rev. John McCullough Bade were partners in life and ministry. Together they wrote over 300 lectionary-based online Bible Studies. In addition, they co-authored the book, Our Mission: Discovering God’s Call to Us (Augsburg Fortress), devotional materials, and other resources for the national Lutheran (ELCA) church.
Since his death, Rev. Robin McCullough-Bade continues to write, recently completing a four-part conversation entitled Race Relations: The Journey to Right Relationship. This resource was field-tested in Baton Rouge in 2017 and is now available online. Over 150 local residents have already participated in the discourse and plans are being developed to expand the conversation as part of the Federation’s BR Healing through Listening initiative.
Rev. Robin McCullough-Bade became the director of the Interfaith Federation in 2009 and fully embraces its mission of Cultivating Unity, Justice, and Peace. Her leadership has been marked with creativity, theological depth, and compassion. An example is the Waging Peace concert where the words of Baton Rouge residents were adapted for lyrics for a 40-minute original choral work performed by a 100-member choir, instrumentalists, and narrators before 800 people.
Rev. McCullough-Bade deeply appreciates the unique opportunity at the Interfaith Federation to build bridges of understanding, be a catalyst for change, and bear public witness to the vision of peace. She celebrates the sustained partnership with the Baton Rouge community during the last 30 years to feed the hungry through Holy Grill. She looks forward to new opportunities to wage peace, so all might know peace.
She daily strives to embody the refrain, “Blessed to be a blessing!”