Wofford Graduate Named College Chaplain, Professor
Wednesday, February 12, 2003
SPARTANBURG, SC—Dr. Ron Robinson, a 1978 Wofford College graduate, has been named as the Perkins-Prothro Chaplain and Professor of Religion at Wofford beginning this summer. He replaces the retiring Dr. Talmage Skinner.
Robinson has been minister of parish life at Myers Park United Methodist Church in Charlotte since 1999. He has been at the church for 15 years, previously serving as minister of youth and college students and as minister of education. While in Charlotte, he helped to develop a contemporary worship service featuring jazz music and has led the Myers Park congregation’s campaign for a new parish life building that includes a chapel, classrooms, and a 600-seat contemporary worship space.
“It goes without saying that Talmage Skinner is irreplaceable,” says Dr. Benjamin Dunlap, president of Wofford, “but Ron Robinson is an exciting, learned, multifaceted ball of fire who, as a Wofford grad, loves this college with an intensity comparable to Talmage Skinner’s. Our bond with the Methodist Church is an immensely important part of the college’s heritage, and I’m confident Ron Robinson is the perfect person to nurture that tradition.”
Robinson says of his return to his alma mater, “Wofford represents the relationship between the church and the academy at its finest. I am thrilled to be part of Wofford's vision for the future.”
Robinson was a religion major and dean’s list student at Wofford. He earned two post graduate degrees from Duke University – his master of divinity in 1981 and master of theology in 1984. He received a certificate in church management at the Babcock School of Management at Wake Forest University, and in 2001, he completed his doctor of ministry at Southern Methodist University.
Previously, Robinson has served in positions at Mount Tabor United Methodist Church in Winston-Salem, Burnett’s Chapel United Methodist Church in Greensboro and First United Methodist Church in High Point. He also served as United Methodist-Presbyterian campus minister while he was a student at Duke University.
Robinson was named “Communicator of the Year” in 1993 by the Western North Carolina Conference of the United Methodist Church and was the recipient of “The Keeper of the Dream Award” in 1995 from the Mecklenburg County Race Relations Council. He was editor of “Connect,” published by the United Methodist Publishing House from 1996-1998, and wrote “The All Purpose Youth Service Kit” and “Servant Journal,” both published in 1996 by Cokesbury.
In 1997, thanks to financial support of the Prothro Family of Wichita Falls, Tex., and two of their family foundations, the historic ties of the United Methodist Church to Wofford College were renewed through the creation of an endowed chaplaincy. The Perkins-Prothro Chaplain and Professor of Religion is responsible for an effective “ministry of presence” on the campus in the Methodist tradition. As such, he or she offers pastoral and spiritual counseling for the entire community; oversees the religious life council, which is a coordinating body for all the religious fellowships and campus ministries; conducts public worship as appropriate; serves as host and college liaison for the South Carolina Annual Conference when it meets on the Wofford campus; and works closely with the campus Wesley Fellowship and others.