Tony is an ordained minister of the
United Church of Christ who has served four congregations, the most
recent of which was Plymouth Congregational/ UCC in Seattle (1990 -
2004). In 2004 he established The Robinson Practice LLC. Today his
ministry is as a speaker and teacher, consultant and coach, author
and blogger whose mission is to "Strengthen Congregations and their
Leaders." He is a Senior Consultant with the Center for Progressive
Renewal in Atlanta, and coordinates the Resource Center for Ministry
team of The Samaritan Center of Seattle, Washington.
He travels throughout North America to
speak to congregations, conferences, and at continuing education
events. He consults with congregations and their leaders. He has
taught at a number of seminaries including Emmanuel College/ Toronto
School of Theology, Vancouver School of Theology, Seattle Pacific
University, Andover Newton Theological School and Seattle
University. And he has delivered named lectures at a number of other
schools (for a complete list, see Keynote
Speaker or Teacher pages).
He is the President of
Leadership Northwest, a Seattle-based ecumenical group that
offers leadership education and development courses and resources
for leaders of religious congregations. CLN sponsors the bi-annual
"Festival of Preaching NW," of which Tony is the founder and
Tony is the author of twelve books.
His most recent book, co-authored with Robert W. Wall, is "Called to
Lead: Paul's Letters to Timothy for a New Day," (Eerdmans, 2012).
Another recent publication is his two part "Exodus: A God Is Still
Speaking Bible Study," available from United Church Resources/
Pilgrim Press. His "Transforming Congregational Culture" (Eerdmans,
2003) is a best-seller that is in its seventh printing. (A complete
list of his books is at this site's Author page,
under "Books.") He is also a frequent contributor to magazines and
journals including The Christian Century, Journal for Preachers, and
Congregations. (You will find a list of his recent articles at the
Author page of this site.) He contributes regularly to several
on-line sites including Faith and Leadership (Duke) and Day One: Key
Voices. He also contributes regularly to Crosscut.com, a on-line
daily news magazine of the Pacific Northwest.
A Northwesterner by birth and at
heart, he lives in Seattle, Washington with his wife, Linda. They
have three grown children, who also live in the Pacific Northwest.
He is a graduate of Willamette University in Salem, Oregon. He holds
a Masters Degree in Cultural and Intellectual History from the
University of Oregon. He received his Master of Divinity from New
York's Union Seminary. He did post-graduate study as a Merrill
Fellow at Harvard Divinity School.
During his ministry Tony has been
active in refugee resettlement, low-income housing development,
ministry to those experiencing mental illness, and in interfaith
dialogue. For thirteen years he was a columnist for the Seattle
Post-Intelligencer newspaper, writing both Op-Ed's and the "Articles
of Faith" column.
He enjoys cycling, kayaking,
gardening, hiking and backpacking, touch football, various Northwest
micro-brews and red wine.