In his twenty-year career with the United States Air Force, Bob spent eleven years serving overseas in places including Japan, Thailand, Okinawa and the Azores. "As a child, I lived two blocks from the airport under the flight path. Watching the North Central Airline's DC-3s float lazily over the treetops was fascinating. I guess that is why I chose the Air Force so that I could continue living next to airports." Bob spent most of his time maintaining electronic equipment at Air Traffic Control centers and at high-power radio sites. His expertise in electronics and computers soon landed him positions instructing adult learners in community colleges.
A personal crisis at age 36 brought him to the realization that his life was empty. Being raised in the Lutheran church, baptized and confirmed, was not enough to secure a right relationship with Jesus Christ according to the Bible. Bob accepted the sacrifice of Jesus Christ, confessed his sin and put his faith in the risen Jesus, thus becoming "born-again". It's unfortunate that you can be an outstanding member in a church and not be a member of the heavenly kingdom. It's only a right belief in Jesus Christ and a confession of faith that puts you in right relationship with Him. Click here for more information. An accomplished musician - he began playing the guitar and singing for hundreds of church and outreach events.
Soon after retiring from the Air Force, the Lord brought him to Christ For the Nations Bible Institute in Dallas, Texas. "One of the special classes for me was an evening class called 'Biblical Heath and Nutrition'. I began playing worship music for the class and lost 18 pounds just by selectively changing what I ate." Two years later, he graduated with a Practical Theology degree and married the teacher. (Sarah)
For six-years, Bob and Sarah pastored a small church in central Minnesota. During that time, the Milk and Honey Farm was born out of a desire to grow foods organically and to declare independence from the polluted offerings of the food industry.
Bob works full-time at Ridgewater College in Hutchinson as the Automation, Robotics and Engineering Technologies and the Electronics Technologies instructor. He does instructional design and delivers classes in micro-processors, motion control, industrial electricity, robotics, pneumatics, PLC programming and trouble shooting techniques. Bob is a member of the Institute of Packaging Professionals and the Central Minnesota Manufacturing Association.
Bob is the past Area 64 Governor in District 6 of Toastmasters International and currently is a member of the Hutchinson Toastmasters II club. With his dry sense of humor, Bob likes to compete in the semi-annual speech contests and has made it to the District Six level on three occasions. Bob is shown receiving the Area 64 Toastmaster of the Year award for 2005-2006 from past Area 64 Governor, Rick Holtmeier. Bob was awarded Distinguished Toastmaster, the highest Toastmaster award, in February of 2016.