Robert is an eastern NC native and he and Josie, his wife of 42 years, live on the White Oak River near Swansboro. Robert owned and operated a custom home building business for 15 years before serving with Mercy Ships for over a decade in 30 countries on three continents. Robert held a number of leadership roles in both land and ship-based missions.

Robert is the associate pastor of Emerald Isle Chapel By The Sea, a small evangelical church on the Southern Outer Banks. Each November the church hosts the annual Apologetics By The Sea Conference, this year featuring Dr. Alex McFarland, author and popular apologetics speaker. Robert also serves as president of the board of the Coastal Pregnancy Care Center in Morehead City.

Robert has a BS in Business Administration from Trinity College, and an MA in Religion (Apologetics) from Southern Evangelical Seminary. Robert is also a Certified Fund-raising Executive (CFRE) and served as the seminary’s VP of Development during his post-graduate studies. He is the volunteer chapter director of Ratio Christi at East Carolina University, an apologetics-training ministry for students and faculty on the Greenville campus.