Meet Our Lead Pastor
God’s calling became evident 20 years ago when D. James Kennedy asked Rob, “Have you ever considered the ministry?” This moment marked the beginning of a lifelong journey.
Born in southeastern Pennsylvania, Rob moved to Fort Lauderdale when he was in middle school. At the age of 15, while on a mission trip with Coral Ridge, he heard the Gospel for the first time and it changed his life. Rob came home and shared God’s Good News with his family. Later that year, they joined the church and Rob began attending Westminster Academy. Rob met his future wife, Jen, during the new student orientation.
Rob’s first job was right here at Coral Ridge pulling cable for the cameras on Sunday mornings. God used the ministries of Coral Ridge and Westminster to shape his life, his calling, his family, and his future. Both Rob and Jen were blessed with incredible pastors, teachers and mentors.
Rob attended Samford University in Birmingham, Alabama. He graduated with a BA in Religion. In his freshman year, he was hired by the Campus Pastor to oversee Samford Sunday, a campus ministry that commissioned students to preach in local churches across the state of Alabama. His summers were spent interning with the Student Ministry at Coral Ridge.
After graduation, Rob and Jen were married and called back to South Florida to lead the Student Ministry at Rio Vista Community Church. Rob served the students there until he became their Executive Pastor in 2007.
In 2009, Rob and Jen answered the call to “come home” to Coral Ridge, first serving as the Inreach Pastor and eventually as the Executive Pastor. It was their desire to return to the place that was so influential on their calling to ministry.
Rob graduated from Knox Theological Seminary with a Master's of Divinity.
Rob and Jen have three children—Preston, Lydia, and Lilianne.
He has seen firsthand God do incredible things through Coral Ridge. Whether you have been here from the beginning or just walked through our doors, Rob’s desire is to shepherd this congregation into a new season of faithful and fruitful ministry.
He prays that our church will continue to be a place of hope and rest for the people who live in our city – a beacon of light in the midst of darkness.
Rob has a heart for our church and a vision for our future. His desire is to serve and shepherd the people of Coral Ridge as we move into this next season of ministry. It is critical that we focus on what the Gospel is and what the Gospel does in every area of life. This is what it means to have a Gospel-centered church. We live in a broken world. Our only hope is in Jesus, the one who saves sinners and promises the renewal of ALL things. Rob’s desire is to see how the Gospel brings about renewal in these four areas: people, relationships, communities, and culture. Rob looks forward to working alongside the elders, deacons, and staff as we join God in the renewal of all things in South Florida.