REV. DR. ROB TOWNSEND
Rob has served as the Director of Connectional Ministries for the Peninsula-Delaware Annual Conference since January 2020. Previously, Rob served as the Salisbury District Superintendent. Rob has served on all the former four districts of the Peninsula-Delaware Conference. He served as Senior Pastor at Hockessin United Methodist Church in Hockessin, Delaware from 2014-2018. He served as Senior Pastor of Bethesda UMC in downtown Salisbury from 2008-2014. He previously served as pastor at Grace UMC in Millsboro, Delaware from 2003-2008, and as pastor of Asbury UMC in Millington, Maryland, Crumpton UMC in Crumpton, Maryland, and Double Creek UMC outside of Crumpton, Maryland from 1999-2003. Rob grew up on an Eastern Shore farm in Rock Hall, Maryland and was called into ministry his senior year of high school.
Rob holds a B.A. in Religion from Wake Forest University (1992), a Masters of Divinity from Asbury Theological Seminary (1999) and Doctorate of Ministry from Asbury Theological Seminary (2017). Rob was commissioned a probationary member of the Peninsula-Delaware Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church in 2001 and ordained a full elder in 2004. He was inducted into the Order of the Flame of World Methodist Evangelism of the World Methodist Council in 2005. In 2011, the Northeastern Jurisdiction of the United Methodist Church awarded Rob the Kim Jefferson Award for significant and effective urban ministry along with the covenant pastors of Salisbury Urban Ministries. Rob has served on various boards and committees of the conference. Most notably, he served as Chairperson of the conference Board of Ordained Ministry.
Rob is married to Laura and they reside in Northern Delaware. Rob has three children: Sarah, a graduate of Asbury University in Kentucky, Leanne, a senior at University of Delaware, and Joel, a senior in high school. Rob is “Ojczym” (Polish for stepfather) to Kyle, a high school sophomore, Luke, an 8th grader, and Leah, a 5th grader. Rob is a diehard fan of the Baltimore Orioles, Baltimore Ravens, the Washington Defenders, and the Wake Forest Demon Deacons. He has a love for missions, reading, gardening, and hunting. Rob also competed on the Kansas City Barbeque Society competition circuit for 7 years with his team the Holy Hogs. They were “Smokin’ for Jesus.” His life verses are Hebrews 11:1 “Now faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see.” (NIV) and Amos 7:15 “Then God took off the farm and said, ‘Go preach to my people’.” (MSG).
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FISHER ARTER, Youth Ministry
Fisher has been a part of Moore’s Chapel UMC for almost his entire life. As a member, Fisher sings in the church choir as a bass, something he has done since he was a teenager. He graduated with a Bachelor’s in Business with an additional degree in Bible from Cairn University in Philadelphia. Some of his coursework included Apologetics, Theology, Psalms, and Jewish History Studies. In his free time, Fisher enjoys baking and cooking, board games, computer repair, and spending time with his brother Collin Arter.
Fisher has always had a passion for Youth Ministry. He has volunteered with the Moore’s Chapel Vacation Bible School programs run in the summertime. During college, he also volunteered with Campus Crusade (CRU). These experiences are what led Fisher to run the youth ministry program at Moore’s Chapel. Currently the youth group (grades 6-12) meets every other Sunday and are involved with various events and activities.
Fisher can be reached through phone or text at 443-945-6389.