Bob is originally from Phoenixville, PA. He graduated from Phoenixville Area High School and attended Lebanon Valley College, graduating with a B.A. in Religion. His home church is Mont Clare: Otterbein UMC. While attending Eastern Baptist Theological Seminary (now Palmer), Bob served Pomeroy UMC. After graduating with honors in 1978, Bob continued to serve Pomeroy UMC full time. Bob’s previous appointments also include: The Memorial Church of the Holy Cross in Reading (Associate), West Willow UMC, Fritz Memorial UMC, and St. Matthew’s of Valley Forge. From 2008 until 2011, he served as Northwest District Superintendent.
Throughout his ministry Bob has served on a variety of Conference Committees and Boards: The Committee on Mission Education and Cultivation, the Committee on Volunteers in Mission, the Conference Board of Global Ministries, the Harkness-Allentown District Committee on District Superintendency, and the Conference Board of Ordained Ministry. He currently serves on the Camping Board, the District Committee on Ministry, and is co-chair of the Conference Connectional Table.
Bob has also led and participated in several Volunteers In Mission projects: Bo Pasto, Puerto Rico; Window Rock, Arizona; Kathmandu, Nepal; McCurdy School, New Mexico; Akron, Ohio, and Appalachian Service Project. He is committed to the Conference Camping Ministry, as well as to providing opportunities for youth to hear and be nurtured in a call to ministry. Bob also enjoys planning creative worship experiences and retreats.
Bob and his wife, Marilyn, have two children and two grandchildren. They enjoy the outdoors, traveling to historic places and being involved in hands-on mission outreach. Bob is also a roller coaster enthusiast.
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