Rev. Latham is a native Texan, having been born in Wichita Falls. He grew up in the Southern Baptist tradition. He began preaching at the age of thirteen, was leading revival meetings during his mid-teens and ordained at age eighteen. Robert has a BA from Baylor University in Waco, Texas and two Master of Theology degrees.
As a result of a challenging educational experience in seminary his religious view of reality was transformed. And, as a result of an equally shattering experience in Vietnam, his cultural perspectives were also transformed. On the wake of these transformations he discovered Unitarian Universalism and officially entered its professional ministry in 1969.
His engagement as a minister has ranged from such varied experiences as a prolonged battle with the Ku Klux Klan in North Carolina during the nineteen sixties and serving the Pacific Northwest and Western Canada districts as International Minister at Large in the nineteen eighties. He created the Committee On Ministry concept and had what is now called a Worship Associates program back in the late nineteen seventies.
As a Unitarian Universalist he has been the settled minister in Davenport, IA, Ft Worth, TX, Milwaukee, WI and Golden, CO. He has been an Interim Minister in Plano, TX, San Francisco, CA, Oakland, CA, Princeton, NJ, Tucson, AZ and Wilmington, DE. From 2011-13 he served as the Interim District Executive for the Pacific Central District. In 2015 he was designated Minister Emeritus of the Jefferson Unitarian Church of Golden, CO. Robert is head of MYTHing Link Consulting that provides a variety of services to liberal congregations and organizations (MythingLink.com).
His published works consist of The Unitarian Universalist Extension Manual (1985), Moving On From Church Folly Lane (2006), A Tale of Boxes (2009), a chapter entitled The Temptation to Rush the Search in the book In The Interim (2013), and a brochure entitled, Lessons From Vietnam: Why Nothing Has Changed (2011).