Rev. Robert King
Robert Samuel King was born in Nashville, Tennessee on November 23, 1988 to his parents Bishop James and Rose King. He has two older siblings, Jothany and James III. He lived in Louisville, Kentucky during most of his teen years. Robert attended duPont Manual Magnet High School and participated in the YMCA Black Achievers program during his four years of high school.
In the fall of 2011, Robert enrolled in Clark Atlanta University in Atlanta, Georgia. During the spring of 2012, Robert heard clearly and answered God’s calling on his life. Robert responded to God’s call by immersing himself in campus ministry. He served as a Chaplain Assistant for three years and participated in mentoring, counseling and encouraging his peers. Robert also exemplified servant leadership as a chaplain of the Honors Program and a member of the Atlanta University Center Council of Students. During the fall of 2009 he studied abroad at the American University in Cairo, Egypt taking courses in religion, philosophy, and the Arabic language. He also enjoys speaking Spanish. Robert earned his Bachelor of Arts Degree in Religion from Clark Atlanta University in the spring of 2011. He was the valedictorian of his class.
Robert continued to pursue God’s call to ordained ministry by attending Wesley Theological Seminary in Washington, D.C. While deepening his faith and growing as a minister of the Gospel during seminary, he served his peers as a member of the Wesley Student Council for two years. He graduated from Wesley with honors in the spring of 2014.
In June 2014 Robert was appointed as the Part Time Local Pastor of Ariel Bowen United Methodist Church in Atlanta. During his pastorate, the congregation responded positively to his leadership as they reported membership growth, a rebirth in congregational life and embraced a focus on discipleship formation grounded in Christlike love. Robert also worked at Gammon Theological Seminary as Assistant to the Dean for Special Projects, where he served as a resource to students for vocational discernment, encouragement and engagement with Annual Conferences throughout the United Methodist connection. On June 16, 2015, Robert was commissioned as a Provisional Elder during the North Georgia Annual Conference and appointed as an Associate Pastor to Cascade United Methodist Church.
Robert has been engaged in several vocational leadership opportunities as well. He was selected by the Fund for Theological Education as an Undergraduate Fellow in 2009 and as a Ministry Fellow in 2012. He was also selected as a member of the 2014-16 North Georgia Annual Conference Timothy Initiative designed to enhance the spiritual and leadership development of young racial/ethnic clergy.
Robert is extremely excited about following God’s call to pastoral and multicultural ministry on his life. He is thankful for the opportunity to serve God’s people through the church. One of his favorite scriptures is John 13:34, where Jesus declared, “I give you a new commandment, that you love one another. Just as I have loved you, you also should love one another.”
When not serving in ministry, Robert enjoys watching movies, spending time with family and friends, yoga, traveling, reading, and using his gifts of foreign languages to build bridges between people of different cultures.