Robbie serves as the lead pastor for New Hope. He accepted Jesus as his personal Savior & Lord when he was 12 years old at a Vacation Bible School children’s program at a church close to his home in GA. When he was in high school, he met Shannon and was first exposed to ministry through her family since her dad was a pastor.
After completing a Bachelor of Arts in Religion & Philosophy, they were married and moved to NC to complete his Master of Divinity. During their time there, the Lord began putting NY on their hearts. On February 2, 2000, they moved their family to Queensbury to start New Hope. They thank the Lord for the privilege of being able to be a part of such a special church family and wonderful community!
Wife: Shannon Garner
Children: Hannah (1996)
Hometown: Cedartown, GA
When he came to know Jesus: 1985
When he was called into ministry: 1990
When he came to New Hope: Feb. 2000
How he came to New Hope: While working on his master’s degree in 1998, the Lord began speaking to him about the Northeast in general and NY specificially . Over a 2 year process, the Lord began to show Shannon & him that He was calling them to move to Queensbury to start New Hope.
Favorite music: Chris Tomlin, Casting Crowns, anything on Air One (93.7FM) or the Sound of Life (90.7FM)
Favorite movies: I’m not a big movie watcher. I like deer or turkey hunting videos. Sometimes, I watch Jane Austen movies with Shannon.
Favorite hobbies/pastimes: Spending time with family, hunting & fishing (esp. turkey hunting)
Dream vacation: A cruise with Shannon. A guided hunting trip out west/Alaska/Canada. A trip to the Holy Land.
Little known fact about Pastor Robbie: He drinks a glass of Nestle Quick Chocolate Milk every night. He can play “The Lone Ranger” song by thumping his cheeks.
Biggest passions: Following Jesus, my family, helping others grow, hunting/fishing
Special Bible verse:
Acts 20:24 (life verse) But I do not consider my life of any account as dear to myself, so that I may finish my course and the ministry which I received from the Lord Jesus, to testify solemnly of the gospel of the grace of God.
Acts 20:28 (ministry verse) Be on guard for yourselves and for all the flock, among which the Holy Spirit has made you overseers, to shepherd the church of God which He purchased with His own blood
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