In Memoriam: Dr. Haddon W. Robinson

Haddon Robinson speakingDr. Haddon W. Robinson, one of the world’s foremost experts in biblical preaching, was welcomed home to heaven on July 22, 2017, at the age of 86.

A native of New York City, Robinson received a Bachelor’s degree from Bob Jones University, Master of Theology from Dallas Theological Seminary, Master of Arts from Southern Methodist University, and a Doctor of Philosophy degree from the University of Illinois. He was also awarded honorary degrees from Gordon College and McMaster Divinity College.

Robinson served as President of Denver Seminary for 12 years and taught homiletics on the faculty of Dallas Theological Seminary for 19 years. He also served as President of Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary and was a longtime faculty member there.

“Dr. Robinson was recognized as one of the most gifted preachers and communicators in the country,” noted Denver Seminary in a statement. “Under his leadership Denver Seminary became one of the most financially and academically stable evangelical institutions in the United States.”

NRB President & CEO Dr. Jerry A. Johnson, who received a Master of Arts in Historical and Theological Studies from Denver Seminary, said Robinson's leadership and commitment to biblical preaching drew him to the school.

"His example as a Christian permeated the campus atmosphere and made me want to be a more faithful disciple," he said.

At Our Daily Bread Ministries, Robinson was a discussion leader for more than 23 years for the ministry’s Discover the Word radio program, as well as a contributing writer to its Our Daily Bread devotional.

“Our hearts are heavy this week as we said ‘goodbye for now’ to our good friend Haddon Robinson who passed away on Saturday, July 22,” announced Our Daily Bread Ministries on its Facebook page last week. “This respected and beloved mentor, teacher, leader, preacher, and friend influenced countless people for Christ over the years of his ministry.”

A prolific writer, Robinson authored more than a dozen books, including Biblical Preaching, which many seminaries and bible colleges around the world still use today for the study of expository preaching. He also wrote and edited for several magazines, including Christianity Today and Moody Monthly.

In 1996, Robinson was named in a Baylor University poll as one of the “12 Most Effective Preachers in the English Speaking World.” In 2006, he was recognized by Christianity Today in the top 10 of its “25 Most Influential Preachers of the Past 50 Years.” And in 2010, Preaching magazine named him among the “25 Most Influential Preachers of the Past 25 Years.”

Robinson is survived by his wife of 66 years, Bonnie, who lives in Willow Valley, Pennsylvania; two children, Vicki and Torrey (wife Sue); and two grandsons.

His memorial service will be held on Thursday, September 7, 2017, at 7:00 p.m. at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary’s Kaiser Chapel in South Hamilton, Massachusetts.

At the request of the Robinson family, gifts can be made in memory of Robinson to the Haddon W. Robinson Center for Preaching at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary. Gifts may be made online by clicking here.

To listen to the classic Discover the Word series with Haddon Robinson, Alice Mathews, and Mart DeHaan, click here. To read Our Daily Bread articles written by Robinson, click here.

To leave messages for Robinson’s family, click here.

By NRB Staff

Published: August 3, 2017

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