Bob grew up in the village of Menomonee Falls, just outside of Milwaukee, WI. As a child, he always had a drive for music, whether it was dancing to the record player or turning his mother’s pots and pans into a drum set. He started taking piano lessons at the age of seven and hasn’t turned back. After studying for a summer at Tanglewood Institute at Boston University, Bob decided to make music a career.
Bob came to know Christ while at the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, NY. Up until that time, he was an apologist against Christianity and delighted in arguing with college-aged Christians about their beliefs. However, God used the prayers and perseverance of the Intervarsity Christian Fellowship to change his heart and Bob prayed to accept Christ!
After college, Bob continued to give concerts, teach piano and composition, and serve in various church music ministries. Although his plans were originally to work in academia, within a few short years God had opened other doors and Bob was serving as a pastor of worship arts in a large church in the Denver area. His passion for the Word eventually led to his ordination in 2006, and two years later, his passion for the musical arts led to his first book, “Facing the Music: the worship leader in the evangelical church.”
After serving more than 15 years as worship pastor in different Colorado churches, Bob took a break to seek the Lord’s direction. It was during this time of reflection that Family Life contacted him on the chance that he might be looking for a change. One “so called” coincidence led to another and Bob joined us in October of 2016.
Bob’s musical training includes a B.A. of Music in Composition from Eastman School of Music, a M.M. in Piano Performance from Southern Methodist University, and a Doctor in Musical Arts in Composition from University of Colorado Boulder. He has performed as a concert pianist throughout the U.S and is an award-winning composer with his works recorded by Warsaw Philharmonic Orchestra (Poland), North South Consonance Ensemble (New York City), and University of Colorado Symphony, among others. He is the recipient of numerous awards for his work including an A.S.C.A.P. fellowship and the Bearns Prize from Columbia University.
In addition to music, Bob loves large format photography, hiking, biking, and shooting. He lives in Prattsburgh, N.Y., with his wife, Karen, whom he loves, and his dog, Toby, whom he tolerates.