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"Tony's confident presence and assurance led our leadership team and congregation to define who we are in clear and concise ways. His ability to see and describe our gifts allowed us to discern clearly the direction of our ministry for the future! He was great!"

Paul Bauch
Senior Pastor, Peace UCC, Rochester, MN on working with Tony Robinson as a consultant

Personal Sketch

Tony is an ordained minister of the United Church of Christ. He served four congregations over a thirty year period, before creating his own practice as a speaker, teacher, consultant, coach and author. Today is ministry is primarily as a coach. He accepts some limited speaking and teaching engagements.

Tony is the author of twelve books. His most recent book, co-authored with Robert W. Wall, is "Called to Lead: Paul's Letters to Timothy for a New Day," (Eerdmans, 2012). Another recent publication is his two part "Exodus: A God Is Still Speaking Bible Study," available from United Church Resources/ Pilgrim Press. His "Transforming Congregational Culture" (Eerdmans, 2003) is a best-seller that is in its seventh printing. (A complete list of his books is at this site's Author page, under "Books.") He is also a frequent contributor to magazines and journals including The Christian Century, Journal for Preachers, and Congregations. (You will find a list of his recent articles at the Author page of this site.) He contributes regularly to several on-line sites including Faith and Leadership (Duke) and Day One: Key Voices. He also contributes regularly to Crosscut.com, a on-line daily news magazine of the Pacific Northwest.

A Northwesterner by birth and at heart, he lives in Seattle, Washington with his wife, Linda. They have three grown children, who also live in the Pacific Northwest. He is a graduate of Willamette University in Salem, Oregon. He holds a Masters Degree in Cultural and Intellectual History from the University of Oregon. He received his Master of Divinity from New York's Union Seminary. He did post-graduate study as a Merrill Fellow at Harvard Divinity School.

During his ministry Tony has been active in refugee resettlement, low-income housing development, ministry to those experiencing mental illness, and in interfaith dialogue. For thirteen years he was a columnist for the Seattle Post-Intelligencer newspaper, writing both Op-Ed's and the "Articles of Faith" column.

He enjoys cycling, kayaking, gardening, hiking and backpacking, touch football, various Northwest micro-brews and red wine.

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