Thomas James Armstrong Memorial Professor of Church History
B.A. (Gordon College)
M.A., Ph.D. (University of Guelph)
Born in Moncton, NB, Bob was educated at United Baptist Bible Training School (now Atlantic Baptist University) in Moncton and transferred to Gordon College. In 1964 he returned to UBBTS to teach for one year before going to the University of Guelph from which he holds the first MA degree.
In 1965 he married Myrna Secord and they have two children, Jonathan and Rachel, both of whom are now married.
At Guelph he studied under W. Stanford Reid in the area of Nineteenth Century British Evangelicalism. After teaching one year at the University of Guelph, he returned to Moncton to become Dean of Arts and Assistant Professor of History in 1961. Twenty years later he resigned as Academic Dean and Professor of History to become Professor of Church History at Acadia Divinity College, succeeding Dr. Jarold K. Zeman.
During the years in Atlantic Canada, Bob has been very involved in the Convention of Atlantic Baptist Churches and served as its President in 1998-9. He continues to serve on the Atlantic Baptist Historical Committee and the Administrative Committee of the Acadia Centre of Baptist and Anabaptist Studies. He continues to preach and lecture on a variety of historical, devotional and practical ministry topics at churches, conferences and retreats.
An Abiding Conviction: Maritime Baptists and Their World, ed. (Lancelot Press, Hantsport, 1988,)
Joint editor with R. Glenn Wooden and Timothy R. Ashley. You Will Be My Witnesses (Mercer University Press, Macon, 2003)
36 articles on the Canadian Church in J.D. Douglas (ed.), The New International Dictionary of the Christian Church (Zondervan, Grand Rapids,1974)
"British Influences in the Nineteenth Century", Jarold K. Zeman (ed.), Baptists in Canada: Search for Identity Amidst Diversity (Welsh, Burlington, 1980