Please join me in welcoming Rev. Robert (Bob) Jensen as our Bridge Presbytery Leader beginning on January 4, 2021. An Honorably Retired (HR) member of Giddings-Lovejoy Presbytery, Bob spent 13 years in business working for a public utility before being called to parish ministry. Following seminary, he served nearly 30 years in Presbyterian congregations in Coal City, IL, Tulsa, OK, and Delafield, WI before retiring in 2016. He also was called to serve as Bridge Pastor at First United Presbyterian in Collinsville in 2019.
He graduated from Governors’ State University in University Park, IL, receiving a B.A. in Business Administration in 1974 and the University of Dubuque Theological Seminary, earning a Master of Divinity in 1987.
During his years in parish ministry, Bob was consistently active in presbytery life, serving in a wide variety of roles including GA commissioner, Presbytery moderator (Blackhawk and Milwaukee), chair of Council, and moderator of Committee on Ministry.
He has been married to his wonderful spouse Jan for 47 years. They moved to Swansea, IL from Wisconsin in 2016. They have been blessed with two sons, David (Sarah) and Andy (Cathy), and seven grandchildren ranging in age from 20 to 9. Jan and Bob are currently active in worship, ministry, and mission at First United Presbyterian Church in Belleville.
In retirement, Jan and Bob have found enjoyment in the freedom that these years have brought, including the freedom to do more traveling and be more connected to their grandchildren. At the same time, he has looked forward to opportunities to continue to be of service to Christ through the church. The opportunity to serve as Bridge Leader for the presbytery fulfills that desire.
He views his role as Bridge Leader to be one of stewardship – helping to maintain continuity of ministry and support of both staff and leadership – as the presbytery begins to anticipate the arrival of its next leader.
The Vision team extends a welcome to Bob and, with all of you, look forward to meeting and getting to know him over the days and months ahead.
We also look forward to introducing and accepting him for this role at the special called presbytery gathering on January 9th.
On behalf of the Giddings Lovejoy Vision Team,