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To see Rob King leading the church’s community outreach or preaching a powerful message occasionally to The Ark on Sundays or Wednesdays is to see a life that was dramatically transformed by the gospel.
As a young man Rob had neglected God, but God didn’t neglect him. When a nervous breakdown landed him in a padded room as a mental patient, he decided in that lonely room to place his life in Jesus’ hands; that decision saved him, restored him, and eventually thrust him into ministry.
Rob and his wife Stephanie moved to The Ark in 2004 from their hometown of Urbana, Illinois. They have been married and involved in ministry together since 1996. They have three children; Jenna, Peyton and Caleb. In his free time Rob enjoys watching his kids dance around the living room and taking Stephanie to Outback Steakhouse. He also is a long-distance runner, and has participated in the Houston Marathon and other events.
Rob likes to say that he has “the best position in the church,” because as community pastor he gets to direct the church’s outreach to people, whether it’s through the church various services to visitors, or through programs like “A.R.K. the Community,” the church’s massive Easter and Thanksgiving outreaches, or providing direct assistance to various community organizations.
“I love being an ambassador of The Ark, and what I really love is being able to say yes to people when they have needs,” Rob says.
“Every week we receive benevolence requests that cross my desk and we get to say yes. We had our Christmas ‘Big Heart’ offering, and in one fell swoop we raised thousands of dollars that help pay electric bills, or for example help an elderly couple have their yard totally revamped and cleaned up.
“We don’t have our hand out; in fact, what we’re saying to the community, and to people coming here, is we’re going to bless you. I love that.
“Through The Ark, I believe God is giving Conroe and Montgomery County a really good picture of who He is to everyday people. He’s making His love for people tangible.”