Robert Bolds: Following a Calling

Robert Bolds: Following a Calling

Youth ministry might not have been where Robert Bolds thought he would be when he graduated from Ohio State University with an Applied Mathematics and Computer Science degree almost 30 years ago. Robert Bolds

A 1995 graduate of the Master of Divinity program at Baptist Bible Seminary, he currently serves as the youth pastor at Fellowship Baptist Church in Dublin, OH and also works for an international information technologies and software firm.

The opportunity to build into young lives and serve a global business give him a unique perspective on work and reaching others with the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

I heard speakers at a youth conference in Niagara Falls, Mel Walker and Ken Rudolph. I took our teens there while I was leading the youth group at Faith Baptist Church in Mt Vernon, OH. It was during that conference I sensed the Lord was calling me to the youth ministry. I really wanted to sharpen my biblical knowledge and skills and study under the best youth ministry leaders and Bible teachers, which led me to BBS.

At age 12, I asked the Lord for forgiveness of my sins, to save me, and be the Lord of my life. My parents were divorced when I was 5 years old and we moved around a lot. I was constantly getting into trouble at school, home, and everyplace else I could find. But a man came door-to-door in our neighborhood and kept bugging me to go to church with him. I finally said I would go and I heard the gospel for the first time.

I had always had a strong aptitude in math and physics and was awarded scholarship money to study. I loved mathematics and engineering but the new field of computer science was an interesting application of mathematics.

I am currently global director of marketing for CA Technologies and manage folks in every corner of the globe (India, Australia, New York, Brazil, and England). I love both managing people and being with a company that is at the "bleeding edge" of technology.

I have been at Fellowship Baptist now for almost 16 years and the Lord has seen fit to grow not only our church but the youth group as well. I have also seen the Lord lead several young men into ministry, both full time as well as lay ministry, which is extremely rewarding.

The single most enjoyable part of my ministry at Fellowship is teaching. Like my mentors, I have centered our youth ministry around my teaching. I also had the opportunity to be the interim pastor for two years. I was able to extend my study skills to preaching as well.

The biggest impact BBS had on me was in helping me to understand the biblical principles of exegesis and applying those principles through rigorous study to produce the fruit of teaching. I have found that even though biblical wisdom, knowledge, and understanding serve as the foundation of my ministry, it must be bound by a deep love and concern for all the folks we minister to and reach for the sake of the gospel.

I have always had a goal to work on my doctoral degree at BBS. I plan to start my D.Min. within the next year. I have developed my writing skills and would like to extend my current ministry in curriculum development and writing as I move into my 50s and beyond.

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Posted on: 10/21/2011 12:55:29 PM

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