About Rob Shearer, Director of the Francis Schaeffer Study Center

Rob & AndurilI’m the husband of Cyndy Shearer, the proud father of 11 children, an Elder at Abundant Life Church, Director of the Francis Schaeffer Study Center, co-founder and publisher of Greenleaf Press and was the City Manager of Mt. Juliet from 2000 to 2007. We have lived in Wilson County, TN just outside of Lebanon since 1987. At various times, I’ve been a college professor, marketing VP for a regional Coca-Cola bottler, senior analyst for a demographic consulting firm, executive vice president of a research firm providing strategic planning services for hospitals, publisher, author, and a small business owner.

I grew up in Atlanta, GA (North Fulton High School, ’73), went to college in NC (Davidson, ’77) where I met my soulmate, Cyndy. After graduating from Davidson, I spent two years on the left coast, pursuing graduate degrees in History and Humanities (Stanford, ’79). Along the way, I lived in Germany for two years, in the quaint little town of Marburg-an-der-Lahn. In 1975-76 I was an undergraduate exchange student there at the Phillip’s Universität. In 1979-80, I was a Fulbright Scholar working at the Hessische Staatsarchiv, also in Marburg.

I was introduced to Francis Schaeffer when I was a senior in high school in January of 1973. I was enrolled jointly at the local public high school and at Georgia Tech in downtown Atlanta. At Tech, I found myself taking an introductory philosophy course. The youth pastor at my church (a graduate of Westminster seminary) suggested to me that I should read The God Who is There. A Christian apologist who dealt head-on with the ideas of existentialism and relativism was a revelation to me – it resulted in my beginning to take the Bible seriously in all that it teaches. And it confirmed to me that Jesus really is the answer.

About the picture above. In Wittenberg, Germany there is a restaurant called the Schlosskeller. It’s in the basement of the elector’s castle. There really are full-size mannequins of Luther, Katarina von Bora (Mrs. Dr. Luther), and Melanchton (Luther’s ally and right-hand man at the University). The one with the red hat is me. Taken in January 2006. I’ll be going back to Wittenberg again in December 2009/January 2010. My ambition is to attend the 500th anniversary of the posting of the 95 Theses which will be held on October 31, 2017.

My email address is: rob at schaefferstudycenter.org

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  1. Bernard Baker’s avatar

    Where can I send Rob Shearer an email? A I have photo he would like to see from his Davidson days. Could be two photos.

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  2. William T. Iverson’s avatar

    Rob I went to Dvidson with a Shearer from Cornelius–
    Class of ’49—My disinctions we not academic–tommy Peter’s Trophy etc…and fun.

    Do you remember where Schaefer quotes Luther on opposing the onslaught of the enemy at that very point.I had a Latin L’Abri in Miami, and stayed in tocuh with Edith, Udo, and Os.

    Blessings,

    Billl
    732-877-9373

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  3. admin’s avatar

    Bill:

    Here’s the quote I think you’re thinking of – it’s one of my favorites:
    “If I profess with the loudest voice and clearest exposition every portion of the Word of God except precisely that little point which the world and the devil are at that moment attacking, I am not confessing Christ, however boldly I may be professing Him. Where the battle rages there the loyalty of the soldier is proved; and to be steady on all the battle front besides, is mere flight and disgrace if he flinches at that point.”

    -Luther’s Works. Weimar Edition. Briefwechsel [Correspondence], vol. 3, pp. 81f

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  4. Rob Pearson’s avatar

    Although I’ve been involved in studying Christian theology for over 30 years, I haven’t been that foud of Schaefer. I found that the way he attacked Dali and Kierkegaard seemed to come from a position of that “heresy hunting”
    mentality which was exactly what Jesus prayed against. Ronald Reagan also had this divisive thread with the way he demonized democrats.
    One has to really strive for wisdom to understand exactly what it is we believe and what are the possible consequences. Although those who profess Christ may differ in how we follow Christ, that doesn’t mean one of necessarily more right to God. I believe this is really the message of the New Testament and often where we expect to find the greatest light we end up finding great darkness. Like Franky Schaefer, his son, I ended up getting more from the writers of the Philokalia that Evangelicals.

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  5. scott Patrick’s avatar

    Hi. I just happened on this site and was curious to see Schaefer mentioned here. And then to read, “…where the battle rages”, I like that ( Luther). After suffering quietly the ‘Clinton years’ and then followed by the ‘Bush years’, I can remain silent no longer. We are admonished in scripture, of the wrong when ‘evil’, is called ‘good’. The early Americans had to learn to speak out against the King and his rule, while their tory neighbors and friends rebuked them. It is an election year and time for change. There is a conflict, as then, between those who would keep things the same and those who feel a real change is needed. Luther helped to bring about a change. I feel that if we focus on what is ‘great” about America, we can move in that direction. When we have leaders who do things in our name, but to our shame, they need to be held accountable. Otherwise, they are tyrants. Lets take the money used for war and invest it here in the US for “plowshares”, we will see a rich return. I started a website; http://www.bush-it-usa.com, and with political art. I hope to hold some of our leaders’ feet to the flame of public attention. Peace is something noble to pursue and we are told (not by our leaders’ examples) that the reward is a blessing. Not since the sixties have I witnessed such desire for change. As a country, we have never officially ‘repented’ for Vietnam. That has only made it easier to repeat the aggression. Our hawkish culture has strayed far from its early Quaker/Amish influence. It would be good for the country to re-read some of their teachings. I was encouraged to speak out after reading the quote of certain American, who had spent time at Walden. He basically said to say what you have to in a strong way. If later, you find that it was wrong, change it, but say it harshly. Hopefully, we all can do something to move toward a more peaceful existence. Imagine (!) how the US would be if it had not engaged in the wars of the past fifty years. Half a century!

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