Dec. 22, 2004
By United Methodist News Service
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
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
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
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
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
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.
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