illustration by  GREG CRAVENS

illustration by GREG CRAVENS

About Bert

Rev. Bert Montgomery grew up outside of New Orleans, lived in Memphis, and dearly loves the state that connects the two. He believes Willie Nelson has achieved sainthood in this life, that Jesus would much prefer coffee with Ellen DeGeneres over Pat Robertson, and that Arlo Guthrie has a better grasp of the Gospel than most Baptist preachers. 

The good folks at the University Baptist Church of Starkville, MS, call Bert their pastor. Some students at Mississippi State University call him their teacher. And, readers of his four books call Bert their favorite author of all time (that last one is an unconfirmed rumor, but everything else is completely true). Prior to moving to Starkville, Bert served three Kentucky congregations as either youth minister or pastor. He also worked for several years as a juvenile probation officer, first in Jackson, MS, then in Memphis, TN.

He still writes regularly for newspapers and various religious sites; his columns have also appeared at Huffington Post, Burnside Writer’s Collective, Red Letter Christians, EthicsDaily, and more. Because of his blues-inspired message “God’s Got His Mojo Workin’,” he has been tagged “The Minister of Mojo.”

Bert studied at Mississippi State University, Union University, Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, Mississippi College, Memphis Theological Seminary, and the Baptist Seminary of Kentucky. He actually hung around long enough to get degrees from three of them.