My name is Ben Robinson and it is a great privilege to serve at Urban Grace. I am from Spokane, WA and attended Whitworth University where I studied religion, philosophy, and peace studies. After graduating in 2003, I moved to Cairo, Egypt to start a youth group at an ecumenical Anglican church and pursue a Masters degree in Middle Eastern Christianity. During my time in Egypt, I married college classmate, Emily Hinson, and soon moved to Princeton, NJ where Emily began her career as a nurse and I attended seminary. Following seminary we returned to Egypt where I served as an associate pastor in the same Anglican Church and Emily worked at the US Embassy. In 2012, Emily and I returned to Washington so Emily could begin a Doctorate in Nursing at UW.
I feel truly blessed that my arrival in the Northwest coincided with Urban Grace’s search for a new pastor. I love church communities, particularly those that provide the space to think and wonder about God’s unrelenting love and recognize the duty and joy of serving those in need. Urban Grace is a community that lives out these values in her service to those on the margins and in its acceptance of us “perfectly imperfect” folks. Urban Grace shares my personal passion for the arts and the belief that art is one of the many media through which God is revealed to us.
I love running, good food and drink, art, sports, travel, getting out into the mountains, and conversation (which will likely bounce around and hit on many of these things that I love). I am new to the area and I would enjoy getting together, so please shoot me an email.
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Church Leadership Council: Meets every third Wednesday
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Members: Tracie Bonjour, Amber Bradford, Jack Comfort, Centell Jackson, and John Woo.
Board of Trustees: Meets every second Tuesday
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Members: George Kovats (President), Zach Dillon (Member at-large), Mandla Kaunda, Darcy Nelson (Secretary), and Nils Wickman (Treasurer)