Deena, his wife of 43 years says Bob loves titles: "Pastor," "Doctor," "Captain," "Coach," and especially now, "Grampa." But his favorite moniker and most humbly received is "Child of the Living God," a trophy of God's grace, having been firmly rooted and now being built up in Him [Christ}..." (Col 2:7)
The President of Proclamation Ministries, Dr. Stuart also serves as an Adjunct Professor of Counseling at New Geneva Theological Seminary and consultant for churches in conflict. For nine years he was also the host of the radio program, Nothing But the Truth that was heard weekly on Sunday mornings in Colorado Springs. You can now hear his sermons at www.twinoakschurch.org or www.sermonaudio.com/twinoakspca.
While revitalizing a church in Florida, Bob founded Living Water Counseling Ministry in Plantation, Florida in 1991, which now serves as a center for pastoral outreach to the churches and communities of South Florida. As a former Marine Corps officer and Vietnam veteran, he has been experiencing a new and humbling kind of "jungle warfare" for the past few years. His ministry of peacemaking and revitalization has taken him to the forefront of spiritual warfare. Facing the Enemy who loves to see Christians bitter and not reconciled, Bob has immersed himself in a ministry of reconciliation that helps churches heal from major conflicts and the loss of their pastors.
Growing up in a hard working family in a small town near Cape Cod, Massachusetts, Bob's goal in life was to play professional baseball. After college and some semi-professional seasons, Vietnam re-oriented his path to law school, after which he was admitted to the Bar and worked for seven years in private practice in Pennsylvania.
Even as an "altar boy" in his hometown Catholic Church, Bob had no interest in spiritual matters, although he did keep a tiny New Testament in the breast pocket of his uniform while at war. After studying comparative religions and researching the papacy in college, he became a self-proclaimed atheist, believing faith a farce on mankind.
It wasn't until his Jewish wife committed her life to Jesus Christ in 1978 that Bob began searching for answers to life. On the verge of divorcing his wife after 9 years of marriage and three small children, he thought life meaningless and not worth living. During this time of despair, he noticed that Deena had an unexplainable peace, which motivated him to refute her new "religion." In his attempt to disprove her faith, Bob met Christ.
After reuniting his family, he moved them to Washington, DC where he met and was mentored by Dr. Richard Halverson, Pastor of Fourth Presbyterian Church and eventual Chaplain of the United States Senate. Dr. Halverson admired Bob's inquisitive mind and rational approach to faith. Impressed with Bob's love of people and God's Word, Dr. Halverson encouraged him to attend Princeton Seminary and enter full-time ministry.
While at Princeton, Bob coached university and high school baseball as well as high school basketball. A true time of spiritual growth for the whole family, where dependence on God for everything was the lesson, seminary proved to be the educational boot camp for future ministry. At seminary Bob had numerous opportunities to discuss theology with students and professors. Although his adherence to the principles of the Reformation was not popular at Princeton, he thrived on the apologetic dialogues it produced. Given the occasion, he lectured on the "Legal Method for Proving the Inerrancy of Scripture," a subject not well accepted by the Princeton elite.
» Village Seven Presbyterian Church, Colorado Springs, CO - Pastor of Counseling & Discipleship (1984-1990) - established pre-marital counseling program and trained couples to do the counseling of engaged couples; began the counseling program "APPLE" (Adult People Preparing to Love and Encourage); organized neighborhood fellowships and Bible Studies; taught Sunday School; and counseled hurting families.
» First Presbyterian Church of Plantation, Plantation, FL - Senior Pastor (1990-1995) - rebuilt the church and transplanted it with a new building, to a developing neighborhood; founded Living Water, a counseling center which ran Family Life Skills Classes for the general community, specializing in anger and abuse management.
» Christ Covenant Church (a.k.a., Cheyenne Mountain Presbyterian Church), Colorado Springs, CO - Church Planter and Organizing Pastor (1996-2002) - called by Village Seven Presbyterian Church to plant a church in the Southwest part of the city; began men's mid-week Bible study that included men from other churches; established weekly radio ministry, "Nothing But the Truth"; served as adjunct professor at New Geneva Seminary in Colorado Springs.
» Church Consultant and Interim Pastor (2003-present) - served at Intown Community Church in Atlanta, GA as Interim Senior Pastor (2006-2007), at Covenant Presbyterian Church in Palm Bay, FL (2007-2008), at Covenant Presbyterian Church in Wheat Ridge, CO (2008 - 2009), at Proclamation Presbyterian Church in Bryn Mawr, Pa (2009-2010), at Twin Oaks Presbyterian Church (2011 - present) - responsible for preaching, leading the elders, managing the staff, and preparing the congregation to receive new senior pastor.
» United States Marine Corps Officer, 1967-1970, Quantico, Vietnam, Camp Lejeune
» College Baseball Coach, Princeton University, 1981-1983
Dr. Stuart received his Bachelor of Arts degree from Villanova University (1967), a Juris Doctor from The College of William and Mary (1973), a Master of Divinity from Princeton Theological Seminary (1984), and a Doctor of Ministry from Reformed Theological Seminary (1990).
» Ephesians, A Study Guide (P & R Publishing)
» Heroes and Villains of the Bible (Xulon Pres.)
he has also written:
» The Jonathan Ministry, A pastoral counseling manual
» Distinctives of the Faith A theological and historical inquiry of the Reformed Faith
» Interactive Bible studies (e.g., Esther, Amos, Malachi, Colossians, and 1st & 2nd Peter)
» Tough Answers to Oft Asked Questions
» The Character of God, a Bible Study
» Leadership Training Manual for the Presbyterian Church in America
» New Geneva Seminary (Adjunct Professor of Counseling, Doctoral Programs - 1998 to present)
» Knox Theological Seminary (Adjunct Professor of Counseling - 1991 to 1998)
» Sangre de Cristo Seminary (Visiting Professor of Counseling - 1988, 1990, 2009)
» Reformed Theological Seminary (Doctor of Ministry Program, "Pastoral Counseling" - 1989)