Robert was born and raised in rural North Central Missouri where he married his high school sweetheart, Donna, upon graduation. He struggled in his faith until settling it to live for Jesus at the age of 18. Then, knowing there was a deeper work of heart and life that Jesus promises, he sought the experience of entire sanctification and God did this work of the Holy Spirit about six months later. He answered the call to preach the next year and moved to Cincinnati, Ohio to attend Bible College that fall. After graduating in 1989 he moved with his family, which now included a son and a daughter to Kansas City, Missouri to attend seminary. In 1995 he graduated with a Masters of Divinity and took his first church in Charleston, Missouri. In 1998 he accepted the call to Bowling Green, Missouri. After over 16 years of rewarding ministry there he felt released and God led he and Donna to accept the call to Mattoon East Side Church of the Nazarene.
Besides being a fantastic pastor's wife, Donna has worked for the last 18 years as a teacher's aide in schools for severely handicapped children, both in Missouri and now in Mattoon.
Robert and Donna enjoy time with there children. Their son Josh and wife Adrienne, along with Nibbler, their Boston Terrier currently reside in Lenexa, Kansas where he works with computer code, and she is pursuing a career in counseling. Daughter Rachelle and her husband Cole gave them their first grandchild, Beau, in November 2013, and they reside in O'Fallon, Missouri where they are planting a church in the neighboring Wentzville area.
Robert and Donna began their ministry at East Side on August 31, 2014.