Robynn grew up in Pakistan where she attended Murree Christian School—an interdenominational international boarding school. At the age of 18 she returned to Canada to attend Briercrest Bible College. She met Lowell in New York City (but that’s another story!) and they were married in 1994. In 1995 they left for India where they lived for 13 years. During those years they started a language acquisition business, founded a Christian Ashram (Retreat Center), led their church planting team, and started an international fellowship. Together with their team they were a part of three church planting efforts—1 ½ that still limp along now. In addition, they led three or four or five teams scattered across north India. They had staph infections, dysentery, dengue fever and…. three personality-charged children!
In 2007, not to anyone’s surprise, they returned to North America burnt out! Burn out, however, enabled God to write several redemption stories for Robynn and Lowell. In this space he renovated their theology, restored their family and marriage and ultimately redirected them. Robynn is the co-author of the book Expectations and Burn-out: Women Surviving the Great Commission (William Carey Library, 2010).
As often happens, Jesus turned everything upside down! Lowell now runs an environmental missions organization, Eden Vigil, under the auspices of Christar. Eden Vigil seeks to combine traditional church planting missions with environmental opportunities and our creation care mandate. Robynn attended the Souljourner Spiritual Direction program in Atchison, Kansas where she was certified as a Spiritual Director. Her greatest joy is to come alongside someone and see where God might be at work in their stories…what he may be inviting them into… where he wants to bring redemption, healing and hope.
Robynn and Lowell recently moved to Port Colborne, Ontario from Manhattan, Kansas. They’ve traded views of the Flint Hills and the Konza prairie for Lake Erie and Niagara Falls! Their son, Connor, is in his final year at the University of British Columbia, Canada. Their daughter Adelaide studies at Niagara College in Niagara on the Lake. Bronwynn, the youngest, is 16 years old. She is in grade eleven.
Robynn has had her hair cut in nine different countries. She loves hot beverages and good conversations, especially those that cause her to laugh or to cry!