[Note: This biography is an edited version of the extended biography.]
For the past seven years, Bob has devoted his time to mission and ministry efforts focused on developing healthy churches, leadership development, and congregational transitions. He travels to Latin America 6-10 times each year, usually spending 2-3 weeks on each trip, visiting mission works, encouraging churches and Christians, and presenting seminars. He also works with Hispanic churches in the U.S. and preaches and teaches in English-speaking churches.
Early in 2010, Bob Young concluded a second tenure as preaching minister for the Main and Oklahoma Church of Christ in McAlester, Oklahoma (2002-2004 and 2007-2010). He served as Graduate Bible director at Oklahoma Christian University from 2004 to 2007. He maintains a website (www.bobyoungresources.com) that provides ministry and mission resources. He speaks regularly in seminars, lectureships, and special series; assists with interim ministries; and is involved in numerous mission efforts.
Previously he served at Ohio Valley University as professor of Bible, Bible program director, and executive vice-president. At OVU, he led a number of student mission campaigns, both domestic and foreign. He was named to Who's Who Among America's Teachers in 1998, 1999, and 2007. He was named to the 10th edition of American Scholars in 2000.
He served as a minister in churches of Christ in Kansas, Arkansas, Oklahoma, Michigan, and West Virginia for over 40 years, and his ministry in preaching and teaching has extended to 26 states and 17 countries.
He was a charter member of the American Association of Christian Counselors and still maintains a limited involvement in counseling. He has received special training in oncology chaplaincy and small groups ministry. He has been involved in several prison ministries.
He holds B.A. and M.A. degrees from Oklahoma Christian, and earned his D.Min. at Abilene Christian with an emphasis in preaching. He earned minors in Greek and Biblical Languages. His doctoral thesis focused on team building and intervention for church leadership groups. His current study and writing emphasizes evangelism, church culture and missional growth, team dynamics in local churches and mission efforts, church leadership, interim ministry, and missions. He also writes study materials in Spanish for mission churches.
[This is a briefer biography, adapted for use in printed materials.]
After almost 30 years in pulpit ministry, Bob served as Bible professor and executive vice-president at Ohio Valley University, and as director of the graduate Bible program at Oklahoma Christian. He now serves as missionary, author, and speaker, maintaining a full schedule with churches in the U.S. and across Latin America. Last year he traveled to 11 nations. He is editor and translator of a popular Spanish evangelism series with more than 50000 lessons in print. Thus far in 2016, he has e-published a series of Bible Study Guides on the Pastoral Epistles and the Thessalonian correspondence. He has also published three monographs (How to Read the Bible as Theology, A Simple Model for Bible Exegesis, and How to Move from the Biblical Text to Sermon), available in both English and Spanish. His website (bobyoungresources.com) provides links to his videos, audios, and written materials.