Bob Chisholm

Pam and I have been married since 1975.  We have two married children and one beautiful granddaughter.

A native Texan I have also lived in Louisiana, Mississippi, Arkansas, Tennessee, Missouri and close enough to count Kansas as well.  I have learned the truth of Mark Twain’s words, “Travel is the enemy of prejudice.”  Every move, every new city and state, introduced me to wonderful people who loved God and loved me.

I received my Bachelors degree in Bible and Biblical Languages from Harding University in Searcy, and my Masters degree in New Testament from Harding School of Theology in Memphis.

I have a passion for mentoring, small groups, spiritual formation, and teaching people about Jesus.  My love for individual mentoring and small group ministry was born during my ten years in campus ministry at Memphis State University and Southwest Missouri State University.  My love for teaching larger groups was sharpened during my time as preaching minister in Kansas City, Memphis and Dallas.

I love writing and have published three books.  Step By Step is a 90-Day Walk With Jesus Through the Gospel of Mark.  Walk With Me, which I co-authored with Prentice Meador, is a devotional study of fourteen major themes in Mark’s gospel.   An Honest Cry, which I co-edited with Dave Bland, is a collection of sermons from the Psalms, written by ministers from all over the country, in honor of our friend and departed servant of God Prentice Meador.  I have written for numerous journals including Campus Journal, The Small Group Letter, Image Magazine, 21st Century Christian Magazine, and Leaven.  For many years I was the Managing Editor for 21st Century Christian Magazine.  Digital copies of the back issues can be found here.

About 30 years ago my father took me to Ghana, West Africa.  Since that time I have been intimately involved with the Ghana Water Well Mission, a water-well drilling / church planting ministry, the Village of Hope, an orphanage for abandoned and neglected children, and Heritage Christian College, a training school for ministers who serve all over West Africa.

Spiritual Formation is now the terminology I use to describe my ministry.  But it’s really just a chance to focus my ministry in an area where my heart has always lived. I agree with Dallas Willard, who said in an interview, that Spiritual Formation is not new, it’s just been lost for a while.

What I’m Reading

Partings, Hershel Shanks, Editor (2014)
Listening To God, John Ackerman (2001)
The Forgotten Commandment, Dennis Rainey (2014)
A Book of Uncommon Prayer, Kenneth G. Phifer (1981)
Jesus Within Judaism, James H. Charlesworth (1988)
Spiritual Disciplines Handbook, Adele Ahlberg Calhoun (2005)
Ordering Your Private World, Gordon MacDonald (1984) – again!
Simplicity, Richard Rohr (1991)
Wasting Time With God, Klaus Issler (2001)
Sabbath, Wayne Muller (2000)
Sacred Rhythms, Ruth Haley Barton (2006)
Hearing God, Dallas Willard (2012)
Rhythms of the Inner Life, Howard R. Macy (2015)
Listening For God, Renita J. Weems (2000)
Crafting a Rule of Life, Stephen A. Macchia (2012)
An Unhurried Life, Alan Fadling (2013)
The Complete Book of Discipleship, Bill Hull (2006)
Healing Grace, David A Seamands (1988)
Fasting, Scot McKnight (2010)
The Seven Deadly Sins of Small Group Ministry, Bill Donahue and Russ Robinson (2009)
Practicing the Presence of People, Mike Mason (2011)
Renovation of the Church, Kent Carlson and Mike Lueken (2013)