Robert R. Kopp

Robert R. Kopp has been a pastor and a biker for more than 30 years. Currently, he is pastor of the First Presbyterian Church in Belvidere, Illinois (which they call their Family of Faith), professor of preaching at Carolina Evangelical Divinity School now and then, police chaplain for the community and county, and for many years was president of a junior tackle football league. He is also an under-achieving husband and father. He rides a 2005 Harley-Davidson Road King.

I Just Wanna Ride (FTW)

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He went looking for faith but couldn’t find it in the church…

It’s raw, rough, real, and maybe even redemptive; and he could lose his day job for writing about it!  I Just Wanna Ride is an Ivy League pastor’s search for authentic faith on a motorcycle after he couldn’t find it after years in academics, pulpits, or pews.  From his immersion into biker culture since watching Easy Rider as a teenager, the author holds no punches in this provocative, edgy, and risky look at hogs and those who ride ‘em as a metaphor and challenge to believers and bikers.  Too authentic for “church ladies” and too concerned about “faith” for secularists, this book demands reading by all of ‘em if any of ‘em still care about Who and what matter most sooner or later and definitely in the end.