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MNU Mourns Passing of Former President Ed Robinson

Dr. Ed Robinson, fourth president of MidAmerica Nazarene University
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Dr. Edwin H. Robinson, fourth president of MidAmerica Nazarene University, went home to be with the Lord on Saturday, May 27, 2017. Dr. Ed, as he was known by the Pioneer community, was loved and held in high regard by thousands of students, faculty, pastors and leaders.

During his service at MNU, Dr. Robinson encouraged the faith of so many of our Pioneer students. His was a steadfast and gracious example: he listened, shared meals, opened his home, talked baseball with students and sang boisterously during each chapel. Dr. Robinson carried the Good News of salvation with him wherever he went. Each relationship he invested in was, from his perspective, an investment in the Kingdom.

Serving as MNU’s president from 2005 to 2011, he led the launch of multiple new programs, and the construction and dedication of Spindle Residence Hall and Bell Cultural Events Center. He was an active presence all across campus, enjoying athletic events, choir and band performances and frequently eating in the Campus Center with students.

"Dr. Robinson faithfully served his Lord and, as president of MidAmerica Nazarene University, led with a passion to serve others, fierce courage and a deeply committed purpose,” said MNU President David Spittal. “I was honored to know him as a colleague and friend and his legacy will continue to be remembered for years to come.”

Dr. Robinson previously served as a professor of religious education, minister of the chapel and director of the Master of Arts in Christian Education program at Nazarene Theological Seminary in Kansas City, Missouri. During his nearly two decades at NTS, he was also dean of the faculty and director of the seminary’s Doctor of Ministry program.

Between 1976 and 1984 he served churches in San Diego and Long Beach, California, as a minister of youth and Christian education. Later, he and his wife, Nancy, worked with the college age group at Shawnee Church of the Nazarene.

At the time of his passing, Dr. Robinson was serving as the interim vice president for Academic Affairs at Northwest Nazarene University, a position he had held since 2016. A member of NNU faculty since 2011, he taught religion courses and served as the director of the university’s Office of Leadership Studies and Servant Leadership.

He earned his undergraduate degree in religious education from NNU, a Master of Religious Education from NTS, and a Doctor of Philosophy in educational studies from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School.

A gifted writer, Dr. Robinson published numerous articles in church and Christian education journals and authored three books: Not Ashamed, Walking Worthy, and Preteen Ministry: Between a Rock and a Hard Place. He also contributed to chapters of several other books.

In demand as a speaker and workshop presenter, Dr. Robinson taught and lectured at numerous universities and conferences across the United States and around the world. He also served as a consultant to Nazarene Youth International Ministries, Nazarene Publishing House, Nazarene Missions International, Youthnet of Greater Kansas City, and the Department of Pastoral Care for the Kansas City Metro Medical Centers of the Hospital Corporation of America.

Dr. Robinson leaves behind his wife, Nancy and two daughters: Kimberly Lovitt and Kelly Robinson.

We rejoice to have had the opportunity to encounter, interact and be influenced by this giant of the faith – a true Pioneer. We love and will miss Dr. Ed dearly, and we join many in lifting up prayers for Nancy and the rest of the family.

Service Information:

There will be two opportunities to celebrate the life and legacy of Dr. Ed Robinson.

Nampa, Idaho: Saturday, June 10, 2017 at 10:30 a.m.

College Church of the Nazarene (Nampa)


Olathe, Kansas: Sunday, July 9, 2017 at 3 p.m.

College Church of the Nazarene

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