Dr. Ron Robinson

Perkins-Prothro Chaplain and Professor of Religion

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Ron Robinson is  the Perkins-Prothro Chaplain and Professor of Religion at Wofford College. He directs Wofford's Center for Global & Community Engagement

A 1978 Wofford graduate, Robinson earned two postgraduate degrees from Duke University, an M.Div. and Th.M.  He earned his doctor of ministry degree (D.Min.) at Southern Methodist University and also received a certificate in church management at the Babcock School of Management at Wake Forest University.  He received Charlotte’s Keeper of the Dream Award for his leadership in race relations.  He was a recipient of the Communicator of The Year Award in Western North Carolina. Previously he served Myers Park United Methodist Church in Charlotte for 15 years.  He has also been a campus minister at Duke University. His writings include two books that connect servant leadership with the spiritual life.

His interests include popular film and music, sports, travel, fly-fishing, and swapping stories.

As chaplain, Robinson leads several types of religious services, including services that utilize music, film and art.  He offers pastoral care, spiritual direction, service opportunities and vocational exploration for the Wofford community.

His research interests include spirituality in higher education, religion and the environment, and religion in the American South.  

Robinson has led students on trips to China, Botswana and Namibia, Mexico, the Bahamas as well as to numerous domestic locations. An activist who is involved with issues related to poverty, the environment and justice, he annually leads students on the Alternative Spring Break, and recently led students and faculty in a Borderlinks Project on the US-Mexico border, a Civil Rights Tour of the South, a seminar on Secularity in Higher Education at Vassar College, and a symposium on Religion and Environmental Studies at Yale University.

Robinson says his greatest joy in life is helping students discover their talents and strengths.  He is known throughout the Wofford community for his ability to connect students with meaningful experiences that help them discover their calling in life.  He offers counseling and coaching for individual students and leads workshops for small groups.