The Woodlands UMC is saying the retirement of their longtime Senior Pastor, Dr. Edmund W. Robb III, efficient June 30, 2021. Dr. Robb based the church in 1978 when The Woodlands was solely a fledgling group of households. He has remained because the pastor of the church for 43 years and has overseen the great development of church membership and outreach. Bishop Scott Jones will appoint Reverend Mark Sorensen to grow to be the Senior Pastor upon the retirement of Dr. Robb.
Ed and Bev Robb arrived in The Woodlands in 1978 after he accomplished his Grasp of Theology from Perkins College of Theology at SMU. Dr. Robb was appointed to begin a brand new Methodist Church on this rising group. He began knocking on doorways as he labored to ascertain the brand new church. Over time it’s grown from 160 members to its present standing because the second largest church in Methodism with a membership of 14,000. Alongside the best way, Ed and Bev have grow to be an integral and beloved a part of The Woodlands group. They’ve three youngsters and eight grandchildren.
Not solely has Dr. Robb been a profitable pastor, however he has been very lively within the civic affairs of The Woodlands. For 20 years he served as an elected official of The Woodlands Township and its predecessor, TCID – City Middle Enchancment District. Throughout his tenure he led the best way, together with State Senator Tommy Williams, in negotiating an settlement which allowed The Woodlands to grow to be a Township. He was additionally instrumental in main the TCID in partnering with non-public builders to construct the Conference Middle, develop City Inexperienced Park and increase the Waterway.
He presently serves on the board of Houston Methodist Hospital and is the board chairman of A Basis for Theological Schooling (AFTE) which gives fellowship grants to United Methodist doctoral college students. He’s a former trustee of Asbury Theological Seminary in Wilmore, Kentucky and the writer of 4 books, revealed by Abingdon Press.
Reverend Mark Sorensen will grow to be the Senior Pastor on July 1, 2021. Mark acquired his Grasp of Divinity from Asbury Theological Seminary and is the lead pastor of the Harvest group of The Woodlands UMC. He has served within the United Methodist Church for over 20 years in Texas and Louisiana. Dr. Robb invited him to affix the pastoral employees at The Woodlands UMC seven years in the past.
Below Mark’s management, the Harvest worship group has grown, including a second worship service and averaging almost 2,000 attendees every weekend. He appears to be like ahead to persevering with the mission of the church to be a lightweight to the group and the world. He and his spouse Nycki have two grownup youngsters.
The Woodlands UMC might be celebrating Dr. Robb’s devoted service to the church and its members within the months to return.
Supply: Kenda McVeigh, Copywriter, The Woodlands UMC
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