Dr. Gregory Robertson, a new School of Theology professor at Anderson University, returned to Anderson after spending three years in Quito, Ecuador, as a missionary with his family. His wife, Linda, works as an administrative assistant for the Cultural Resource Center, and his son, Nathanael, is a freshman studying physics at AU. Robertson also has a daughter, Abigail, who is 17 years old.
“The best part of being back is working with the students,” Dr. Robertson said. “We have SOT chapel and then we all eat together. I enjoy being part of their lives.” He said they are very thankful for the way the AU community welcomed them. [Photo on left: Dr. Greg Robertson, now a professor in the School of Theology, teaches a Bible class during his time as a missionary in Quito, Ecuador.]
Dr. Robertson’s unique educational background allowed him to teach a variety of courses such as Constructive Theology, Church History, Holy Spirit, Trinity and Kingdom of God Eschatology. His skills proved difficult for administration to replace, so he returned to AU to teach.
Dr. Robertson met Linda while studying for his undergraduate degree. They shared an interest in cross-cultural ministry, and it has played a large role in their lives. Even Nathanael and Abigail’s babysitters were from other cultures, one being Egyptian and one Iranian. The cross-cultural lifestyle of the family made it easier to transition into international ministry.
“My brother-in-law and his wife were serving in Quito and needed someone to cover their mission while they were on break, so we decided to go,” Dr. Robertson explained. “My wife and I didn’t want it to just be about us though. We went to visit and told our kids that if they didn’t think they could live there to tell us and we wouldn’t do it.” However, Nathanael and Abigail were excited to move to Quito and attend the Alliance Academy International School.
One of Dr. Robertson’s favorite memories of Ecuador is a bus trip to Peru that took 80 hours round trip. “We were on our way to a conference where I was speaking,” he said, “and it was the first time I had gotten to interact with a lot of the people on the bus.”
“They had never seen the beach or the ocean before and it was cool to experience that with them,” he explained. He also loved how ecologically diverse the country was.
“I enjoyed working with people and encouraging them. Most of them were fairly poor, and were told all their lives what they cannot do,” Dr. Robertson explained. “We told them what they can do. I saw one of them teach as a seminary professor before I left.” [Photo on right: Dr. Greg Robertson, now a professor in the School of Theology, prepares to teach a class in Quito, Ecuador during his work there as a missionary.]
Dr. Robertson said the worst part of not being in Ecuador is not being in Ecuador. “It takes seven years to really learn a language,” he said, “so I wish I could have continued building on that.” Although the Robertson family wants to have a cross cultural summer, they all feel they are where they should be and will remain here until God changes that.
-Elizabeth Vincent is a junior from Greenfield, Ind., majoring in communication arts and minoring in political science. Vincent is an associate with Fifth Street Communications, writing on behalf of Anderson University Office of University Communications.
Anderson University is a private Christian university of 2,700 undergraduate and graduate students in central Indiana. Anderson continues to be recognized as a top Christian college: in 2009, U.S. News and World Report ranked Anderson University among the best colleges and universities in the Midwest for the sixth consecutive year. Established in 1917 by the Church of God, Anderson University offers more than 65 undergraduate majors and graduate programs in business, education, music, nursing, and theology.