Dr. Robert Cornwall (also known as Pastor Bob), a native of the West Coast, has served as Senior Pastor of Central Woodward since July 2008. He will be retiring this month. You are invited to join the congregation in celebrating Bob’s ministry at Central and wish him well in retirement. The recognition will be at the church on Sunday, June 13, from 2 to 4 pm.
Pastor Bob is married to Cheryl, and father to Brett. A graduate of Northwest Christian University in Eugene, OR, and Fuller Theological Seminary of Pasadena, CA (M.Div. and Ph.D. in Historical Theology), he is editor of the journal Sharing the Practice and the author of numerous books … with more to come we are sure. Before coming to Michigan, Cornwall served congregations in Santa Barbara and Lompoc, California, as well as teaching at Manhattan Christian College (Kansas) and Fuller Theological Seminary.
Pastor Bob has had a special passion for ministry in the community and a commitment for ecumenical and interfaith ministry. He became a Chaplain for the Troy Police Department in 2016. He also has served as Convener of the Troy-area Interfaith Group, President of the Metropolitan Coalition of Congregations, and as the initial chair of the Troy Alliance Against Hate Crimes. He has served in several positions with the Michigan Region of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), currently serving as the Chair of the Commission on Ministry. Beyond the Region, Pastor Bob serves as a member of the Board for the Christian Unity and Interfaith Ministries of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) and as a member of the editorial board of Discipliana, the journal of the Disciples of Christ Historical Society.