Pastor Bob was raised in a Christian home and his father was a very successful pastor and evangelist who traveled worldwide. At the age of 13, Pastor Bob gave his life to Christ and lived the average teenager's life. His Sophomore year in college he made a decision for Jesus to be his Lord in addition to Savior and it was at this point he knew he was called into the ministry.
He attended Ashland Theological Seminary (a part of Ashland University in Ashland, Ohio) and obtained his Master of Divinity degree in 1983. He returned to Ashland and received a Doctor of Ministry degree in 1989.
Pastor Bob began his full time ministry at Thurmont United Methodist Church in Thurmont,
Maryland as a youth pastor in 1983. After one year he received and accepted a call to Christ the King Lutheran Church in Columbus, Ohio. He spent seven years as youth pastor/worship leader and his ministry grew significantly. He was a vital part of the building team that put together Christ the King's (now Polaris Christian) new campus on the Polaris development in North Columbus.
Pastor Bob received a call to the Rock Church in York, Pennsylvania and the church grew
from 50 to 180 in less than two years. The church was doing so well the senior pastor
decided to "unretire."
After much prayer and investigating calls in Moline, Illinois and Bradenton, Florida, Pastor
Bob and Debbie planted the River Community Church in Delaware County in 1993.
The River moved into the Barn on US 42 in 2000.
Pastor Bob is a Stage 4 Melanoma Cancer survivor. He is in remission as pronounced by his
oncologist and we know he is alive by the grace of God.
He has been given a dream of teaching the iY generation (Millennials) the Biblical Christian
Worldview by using i-media.
Pastor Bob was a four-year letterman in varsity tennis at number one singles and doubles
at Wilmington College and team MVP. He was the Ashland County Tournament Champion in
singles and doubles and the team champ (at number one position) of the Ashland City Team Tennis League. He played in the Worthington NCAA Sanctioned Basketball League.
Pastor Bob is a dedicated family man and has been married to his beautiful wife, Debbie, for thirty-one years. They have eight wonderful children: Kristie (30), Katie (27), Kellie (25), Karlie (23), Kammie (18), Bobby (17), Ben (14) and Kaylie (12). Ben was adopted from Russia and Kaylie is adopted and has a Columbian background.