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Edmund Robb, Jr., prominent United Methodist evangelist, dies

 


Edmund Robb Jr., prominent United Methodist evangelist, dies

Dec. 22, 2004       

By United Methodist News Service

A memorial service was held Dec. 17 in Marshall, Texas, for the Rev. Edmund W. Robb Jr., former chairman of the board of the Good News evangelical caucus and a life trustee of Asbury Theological Seminary in Wilmore, Ky.

Robb, 78, who had been in declining health, died Dec. 14. “Ed Robb was a close friend, a colleague in renewal and one of the greatest United Methodist leaders in 50 years,” said the Rev. James Heidinger of Good News, who added that the denomination was stronger because of his ministry. “All of us who knew him have been enriched by his life and ministry.

A clergy member of the Northwest Texas Annual (regional) Conference, he served as a local church pastor and then as an approved evangelist of the United Methodist Church. In 1989, he was one of 40 Methodist leaders honored for outstanding achievements in Christian evangelism. He received the Denman Evangelism Award from the Foundation for Evangelism in 1996.

Robb and the Rev. Albert Outler established A Foundation for Theological Education, which helps young scholars obtain degrees from graduate schools and then teach in United Methodist seminaries and colleges. Called the John Wesley Fellows, some 100 scholars have participated in the program. His son, Edmund W. Robb III, senior pastor at the Woodlands United Methodist Church in the Houston area, is now in charge of the foundation.

He helped found the Institute on Religion and Democracy in 1980 and was a life member of the boards of Good News and the Mission Society for United Methodists. In honor of his life and ministry, Good News established the Edmund W. Robb, Jr., United Methodist Renewal Award in 2000.

In addition to his son, Robb is survived by his wife of 57 years, Martha Hegler Robb; four other children – Julia Robb, Laurie Hubert, Sara Purcell and James Robb; 12 grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

News media contact: Linda Bloom, New York, (646) 369-3759 or newsdesk@umcom.org.

 

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