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Dr. Bob Laurent

Bob Laurent
  • Title Vice President for College Relations
    Professor of Religion and Bible
  • Work Phone 574.807.7229
  • Office Administration Building, Room 219 1001 Bethel Circle Mishawaka IN 46545 USA EST

He grew up in Springfield, Illinois, attended Millikin University, Judson College (B.A. '68), Northern Baptist Theological Seminary (M. Div., '71; D. Min., '82) and completed a Ph.D. in religious education at Andrews University in 1986. Bob has authored the books:

  • It's Time To Be Bold, with Michael W. Smith (Word, 1977)
  • Keeping Your Teen in Touch With God (featured book on Focus on the Family; D.C. Cook)
  • A World of Differents (Fleming Revell)
  • Bringing Your Teen Back to God (Cook)
  • What a Way to Go (D.C. Cook).

He recently finished writing Watchman Nee: Man of Suffering for Barbour Press' Heroes of the Faith series. He is is fulfilling a personal lifelong dream as a free lance writer. He and his wife, Joyce, still live in the Midwest and remain close to their four children.

Laurent was Professor of Bible at Judson College in Elgin, Illinois for 11 years where he also served as the college's Vice-President for Student Development for four years. He has been speaking full time all over the world since 1968. His delivery is both humorous and hard-hitting, encouraging and provocative, geared to reach youth and adult audiences. As president of Good News Circle, Inc. for over ten years, he spoke in hundreds of high school assemblies, colleges, prisons, street meetings and churches. He has been the keynote speaker at over 100 national conferences and more than 500 regional conferences since 1972. He has appeared several times on Dr. James Dobson's Focus on the Family and Pat Robertson's Heart to Heart. Laurent has served as chapel speaker for a number of major league baseball teams including the Chicago White Sox and Minnesota Twins.

"Bob Laurent's ability to communicate is his gift. I met him when I was a teen, and it changed my life forever. Bob's sense of humor, his caring spirit and his passion to communicate Christ have impacted countless thousands of people. While many have influenced the style of music I play--Bob Laurent influenced the content."-Michael W. Smith, Christian musician and songwriter.

"Bob Laurent started preaching very early and grew as his experience broadened. He also worked hard to add to his formal education. These facts, combined with a loyalty to the home and church, have made his ministry a lasting one. He is poised and experienced for the task of communicator, and his message is clear." -Jay Kesler, President, Taylor University.