Reuben was born in Deep South Texas on the border of Texas and Mexico. His mother was a Mexican immigrant who came to the United States to attend college. His father is from Southeast Missouri and can trace his family history to the 1700's in Virginia. Growing up in this dichotomy, Reuben developed an ability to look at events and actions from multiple points of view.
Brought up in the Plymouth Brethren tradition, Reuben has explored and worked in a wide variety of church traditions including; Baptists, Methodists, Non-Denominational, Disciples of Christ, and currently the Presbyterian Church (USA). In working with these varied denominations, he is able to explore common themes, pitfalls, and successes in all of their systems. Before working for the church Reuben did funds development and event planning in the non-profit sector. These experiences have made him an expert both at understanding the workings of non-profit institutions, and how to prime them for success.
Reuben is most interested in the following topics; narrative theology, process theology, social justice, family systems theory, education, organizational communication, dealing with institutions, visioning, planning, political theory, multiculturalism, diversity, non-profits, race relations, international politics, and sociology of sport.
He received his B.A. in Political Science and Communication from Texas A&M University in College Station, TX and a Master of Divinity in Theology from Truett Theological Seminary at Baylor University. He also holds a license for ministry from the Baptist General Convention of Texas and is ordained for ministry in the Presbyterian Church USA, the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, the Reformed Church in America and the United Church of Christ.