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Dr. Haddon Robinson

  • Emeritus Director of the Doctor of Ministry

First Year at Gordon-Conwell:



  • Th.M. (Dallas Theological Seminary)
  • M.A. (Southern Methodist University)
  • Ph.D. (University of Illinois)


  • It’s All How You Tell It: Preaching First-Person Expository Messages (with Torrey W. Robinson, Baker Books, 2003)
  • Trusting the Shepherd: Insights from Psalm 23 (Discovery House Publishers, 2002)
  • Making a Difference in Preaching (Baker Books, 2002)
  • Biblical Preaching: The Development and Delivery of Expository Messages (Baker Academics, 2001)
  • Decision Making and the Will of God (Discovery House, 1998)
  • Decision-Making by the Book: How to Choose Wisely in an Age of Options (Discovery House Publishers, 1998)
  • Grief: Comfort for Those Who Grieve and Those Who Want to Help (Discovery House, 1996)
  • Voice in the Wilderness: Clear Preaching in a Complicated World (with Stephen W. Brown, William H. Willimon, Multnomah, 1993)
  • What Jesus Said About Successful Living: Principles From the Sermon on the Mount for Today (Barbour Publishing, 1991)
  • Mastering Contemporary Preaching (with Bill Hybels, Stuart Briscoe, Multnomah, 1990)
  • Solid Rock Construction Company: How to Build Your Life on the Right Foundation (Discovery House Publishers, 1989)
  • Biblical Sermons: How Twelve Preachers Apply the Principles of Biblical Preaching, (Editor, Baker Book House, 1989)
  • Christian Salt and Light Company: A Contemporary Study of the Sermon on the Mount (Discovery House, 1988)
  • The Good Shepherd: Reflections on Psalm 23 (Moody Press, 1987)


Evil, Preaching, Grace, Medical Ethics, Evangelicalism, Theological Education

Professional Interests:

The Preacher and the Message


Dr. Robinson joined Gordon-Conwell in 1991 and from July 2007 to August 2008, he served as Interim President. Widely regarded as an expert in the area of preaching, Preaching magazine named him one of the 25 most influential preachers of the past 25 years in 2010. He was also recognized by Christianity Today in the top 10 of its “Top 25 Most Influential Preachers” from 1956-2006. He was named one of the 12 most effective preachers in the English-speaking world in a 1996 Baylor University poll and in 2008 he received the E.K. Bailey Living Legend Award.

Prior to joining Gordon-Conwell, Dr. Robinson had served 12 years (1979-1991) as President of Denver Conservative Baptist Seminary in Denver, CO. From 1970-1979, he was General Director of the Christian Medical and Dental Society, whose membership is made up of more than 7,000 physicians and dentists in the United States. He also directed the Dallas Youth for Christ (1952-55), was Associate Pastor of the First Baptist Church in Medford, OR (1956-58), and served as Instructor of Speech at the University of Illinois (1960-62). In addition, he taught homiletics on the faculty of Dallas Theological Seminary for 19 years.

He has done extensive work in the areas of radio and television. He was the host for the television program Film Festival. Along with Dr. Alice Mathews, Lois W. Bennett Distinguished Emerita Professor of Educational Ministries and Women's Ministries for Gordon-Conwell, he hosts Discover the Word (formerly Radio Bible Class), a daily radio program of RBC Ministries in Grand Rapids, MI, which is broadcast 600 times a day on stations around the world.

Dr. Robinson was president of the Evangelical Theological Society (1983) and has served on the executive committee for that group of evangelical scholars. He also currently serves on the boards of EvanTell, Marketplace Network and the Evangelistic Association of New England.

A prolific writer, Dr. Robinson has edited the Christian Medical Society Journal, the Theological Annual, Preaching and Christianity Today. He has also published articles in Christianity Today, Bibliotheca Sacra, Moody Monthly, the American Lutheran Magazine, Leadership and Decision. He writes regularly for Our Daily Bread, a devotional that goes to seven million people each month, and he has written or edited numerous books.

Dr. Robinson is keenly interested in ministry in the workplace. He speaks and preaches constantly at conferences and churches both in the U.S. and overseas.

Dr. Robinson also enjoys working out. He and his wife, Bonnie, live on the South Hamilton campus. They have two adult children.