Rob grew up in western Illinois and at the age of 4, accepted Jesus as his Savior. A few years later, he made a public declaration of his faith through baptism. After attending Fulton High School, he went on to graduate from Wheaton College in 1988, earning a Bachelor of Science degree in Physics and excelling in basketball. It was during this time that he also met his wife, Becky.
After graduation, Rob began trading commodities at the Chicago Board of Trade where he spent the next 11 years. During this time, he was also very active in his local church as a Sunday school teacher, small group leader and deacon.
Although Rob enjoyed his work, he had a growing desire to directly influence others for Christ. As a result, he left the corporate world for full-time ministry in January of 2000, joining a post-prison ministry. During this time, Rob conducted seminars and worked with Christian ex-cons to help them make the transition from prison back to society through the local church.
It was also during this time that Rob and Becky felt God’s leading to join Harvest Bible Chapel Glen Ellyn (now Highpoint), the first church plant of Harvest Bible Fellowship. Shortly thereafter, Rob began his Masters in Biblical Studies at Wheaton College, and joined the staff of Harvest as Pastor of Adult Ministries in June of 2001.
In May of 2004, feeling compelled to plant a church, Rob and Becky responded to God’s leading and began the work of establishing Harvest Bible Chapel here in the Quad Cities.
Rob and Becky live in Davenport and have three daughters and two sons-in-law: Jessica and Dan Devine, Julia and Kevin Fahy, and Anna Willey.