Bob Wilson is a founding member of our forum (and father-in-law to one of our other founding members, Gene Pineda, aka “Auggybendoggy”), and I’m honored to introduce him for his new “Corner” here in the Featured Hosts category!
Bob holds a B.A. in psychology from the University of California (Los Angeles), and earned a Masters of Divinity and Doctorate of Pastoral Theology at Fuller Seminary in Pasadena. (His dissertation was A Critique of John Wesley’s Doctrine of Sanctification.)
Bob grew up in a conservative Baptist home in Los Angeles (there are conservative Baptists in LA??? Well, I guess we go where the mission field is… ) and was ordained as a minister into the American Baptist Churches in 1972. After serving a few years as youth minister, he became pastor of First Baptist Church of Chino, California; and remained pastor there for 25 years, through the 70s, 80s and 90s (ordaining 6 other men and women to full time ABC ministry along the way). He retired in 1998, from the stress of active pastoral duty–and (he suspects) from anxiety over tensions within beliefs about the character of God that he was expected to endorse; but he still worships and teaches Sunday School there. After retirement, Bob came to support universalism after feeling freer to re-evaluate what he personally believed.
It’s probably best to just quote him next, from his own introduction to the forum as a whole, a couple of years ago (autumn of 2008).
Husband of a wonderful wife, Carol; father of two daughters in their mid-thirties, grandfather of 4 grandchildren; son-in-law of Auggy: I present Bob Wilson!