The Rev. Dr. Robert Michael Lewis "Fr. Robert" was selected to be St. Paul's ninth rector in September of 2019. He describes the ministry as, "Learning to grow the Kingdom of God by loving one soul into it at a time". He is passionate about servant ministry, stewardship, strong preaching, community outreach, emergent, and traditional liturgy. He is always looking for something new to try to build a healthy church and help others discover passion for Jesus.
Fr. Robert has received an Associate of Arts from St. Petersburg College, a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from the University of South Florida, a Master of Divinity and a Doctor of Ministry in Congregational Development, both from Nashotah House Theological Seminary. He was born and raised in St. Petersburg, Florida. Since ordination in 2007, he has served parishes in Morton, Illinois; Ocala, Florida; and, most recently, Grand Island, Nebraska.
Fr. Robert has one son, Edwin. Fr. Robert's hobbies include sewing, violin, piano, guitar, antiques, sailing, lapidary arts, and entertaining. Perhaps most unique to Fr. Robert's ministry is his commitment to equipping and raising trained leaders to serve the church. His book, Curacy Express: A Training Resource for New Clergy (Wipf and Stock Publishers) offers a self-paced training curriculum for the newly ordained.