Dr. Robert P. Sellers

Robert P. Sellers earned a PhD in theological ethics and world religions in 1993. He was a teacher in Indonesia, the largest Muslim country in the world, for 25 years. It was on the fascinating multi-cultural and multi-faith island of Java where he fell in love with the beauty and diversity of religious and spiritual traditions and their followers. Returning to the United States in 1996, Rob became a university professor in Texas for 20 years (2 years at Baylor’s Truett Seminary and 18 years at HSU’s Logsdon Seminary) before retiring in 2016. An active participant in the interfaith movement locally (as president multiple years of the Abilene Interfaith Council), nationally (as a member of the Interfaith Commission of the National Council of Churches USA), and internationally (as a member of the Interfaith Relations Commission of the Baptist World Alliance and a trustee of the Parliament of the World’s Religions), Rob has a passion for the interfaith movement and for working cooperatively with persons of multiple faith traditions. He was asked to be a non-Muslim observer in Morocco when the Marrakesh Declaration was ratified in 2016, and then attended the follow-up Alliance of Virtues Conference in Washington, D.C. in 2018 – a gathering of international leaders of the three Abrahamic religions. He again was an invited participant in a United Arab Emirates meeting in 2019 when the Charter for a New Alliance of Virtues was discussed and approved. As the Chair of the Board of the Parliament of the World’s Religions in Chicago (2016-18), he worked with a highly engaged and capable group of trustee colleagues, staff, and volunteers to plan and lead the 6th convening of the Parliament in Toronto in November 2018. Rob and his wife of 49 years, Janie, have two children and five grandchildren.

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