Dr. Robert Cornwall (also known as Pastor Bob) came to Central Woodward in July 2008 from First Christian Church of Lompoc, CA. Pastor Bob is married to Cheryl and father to Brett. A graduate of Northwest Christian University in Eugene, OR, and Fuller Theological Seminary of Pasadena, CA (M.Div. and Ph.D. in Historical Theology), he is editor of the journal Sharing the Practice and the author of a number of books and articles, including several recent books, including: Worshiping with Charles Darwin, (Energion, 2013), Unfettered Spirit: Spiritual Gifts for the New Great Awakening (Energion, 2013), as well as Ultimate Allegiance: The Subversive Nature of the Lord's Prayer (Energion Publications, 2010) and Faith in the Public Square: Living Faithfully in the 21st Century (Energion, 2012).
Pastor Bob has a special commitment to ecumenical and interfaith ministry, serving as the Chair of the Ecumenism Commission of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in Michigan, serves as Convener of the Troy-area Interfaith Group, and is President of the Metropolitan Coaltion of Congregations. He is also an active member of the Troy Clergy Group. Before coming to Michigan, Pastor Bob served as President of the Greater Santa Barbara Clergy Association, the University Religious Conference at UCSB, and was founding convener of the Lompoc Interfaith Group. He is excited about leading Central Woodward into a new era as it seeks to become a missional congregation, committed transforming the community and world.