Bridge Presbytery Leader

E-mail: rjensen@glpby.org

Bob is an HR member of Giddings-Lovejoy Presbytery. After 13 years in business working for a public utility, the call to parish ministry led him to seminary, followed by nearly 30 years serving Presbyterian congregations in Coal City, IL, Tulsa, OK, and Delafield, WI before retiring in 2016. He also had the opportunity to serve as Bridge Pastor at First United Presbyterian in Collinsville in 2019.

He has been blessed with a wonderful spouse, Jan for 47 years. They moved to Swansea, IL from Wisconsin in 2016. They have two adult sons, David and Andy along with seven grandchildren ranging in age from 20 to 9. David and family live in Crystal Lake, IL. Andy and family are in Belleville. Bob and Jan are currently active in worship, ministry, and mission at First United Presbyterian Church in Belleville.

His education includes being a graduate of 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, he was also consistently active in presbytery life, serving in a wide variety of roles including General Assembly (GA) commissioner, Presbytery moderator (Blackhawk and Milwaukee), chair of Council, moderator of Committee on Ministry, and a variety of other assignments.

In retirement, Bob and Jan 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. He looks at this new role as Bridge Leader for the presbytery in that same vein.

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. Bob looks forward to meeting and getting to know many in the presbytery over the days and months ahead.