Michael and Katharina Robb
Michael, who was born and raised in Youngstown, Ohio, joined a missions trip to the Czech Republic after university, in the wake of which he sensed God’s calling to serve the church in Europe long-term. He moved to Germany in 2004 and met Katharina there. Katharina was born in Ethiopia where her parents were serving as development workers, and grew up in Germany. Michael and Katharina were married in 2006 and have two beautiful children.
Since his B.A. in Christian Education (Wheaton College) Michael has been seeking answers to the question of how people grow in life and in Christlikeness. He discovered the writings of Dallas Willard early on, who personally advised him to read widely in the church. This led to taking an M.Th. in Systematic Theology (University Aberdeen, UK) and finally, after a few dead ends, to receiving a PhD for work focusing on the theology of the kingdom of God, Christ and the gospel in none other than Dallas Willard’s thought. Katharina has a M.Sc. in maths and currently develops software solutions in computer vision and artificial intelligence. Her job is an important source of income for the Robb family and an arm into the unchurched world of Europe. She is a graduate of the Renovaré Institute for Spiritual Formation.
Michael and Katharina are currently in the process of setting up Sanctus, a European Institute for Theology and Spirituality, (http://sanctus.institute) whose focus will be 1) to connect European leaders with expertise in bringing spiritual formation to the local church, 2) to research how best to achieve this in the European context, and 3) to assist local churches in the transition process to implement practices that will help bring forth true men and women of Christ.
The Robbs have been living in Germany since they got married, with a two-year stint in Scotland in 2007-09. During his time here, Michael has walked alongside several churches, helping them in various capacities such as preaching, teaching and leading small groups of leaders through curricula of Christlikeness. In Munich, the Robbs attend a local Vineyard church, where they are involved in preaching, teaching and children’s programs. They believe that God is at work in reviving the European church and are passionate about being workers in the process.
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