I’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