Born and raised in Chilliwack B.C. (Canada) into a wonderful family (father, mother, and four sisters), Rob has been a christian and involved in music since his early teens. Though still based in Chilliwack, since 1987 he has been ministering full-time, travelling to over 30 different countries to date (including Romania, Russia, Germany, South Africa, New Zealand, Cambodia, and Vietnam) to share the living Christ with both saint and sinner.
As a singer/songwriter/missionary (or musicianary, as he refers to himself) he has ministered in a vast array of settings and venues from churches to pubs, from stadiums to gypsy villages, and with almost every denomination of church there is, as well as many missions groups.
Singing and preaching, and sharing the glorious gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ in main centers and in many cases, off the beaten path, has taken Rob around the world and connected him to many people groups, some of which would not have heard the gospel ever really presented.
In regard to music, Rob accompanies himself on guitar and piano singing his own original songs, inspired by his own life experiences and adventures with Christ. His style is best described as folk-rock, and he receives regular radio airplay in Canada as well as several other countries where he has visited. He has numerous CDs available, as well as several music videos available on Youtube. Rob has won several awards and received multiple nominations for canadian gospel music awards over the years.
I love what I do. It is, at the same time, the most fulfilling, exhilarating, difficult, frightening, rewarding, adventurous, gut-wrenching, lonely, and meaningful thing I’ve ever done. I have decided to pursue meaning, not happiness, in life, and I am convinced there is no greater meaning and no higher cause for one to live and die for, than to follow Christ and the call of God.
As sure as I am of anything, what I do is God’s calling on my life. I still have flaws and struggle with many things, but I am pursuing God’s call and I am still so amazed and honoured that He calls and chooses us.
I have been so blessed by friendships around the world, and by the love of family and friends back home, and with their support and prayers, I want to continue in my sojourn, following Christ wherever he leads me. – Rob (Sea Lion).
Why Sea Lion?
In South Africa where I have recently toured, there is a natural sanctuary for a colony of sea lions. Resting from their hunt for food and other marine activities, the sea lions emerge from the sea to bask on the rocks of this mountainous portion of coastline. The name of this place… Robberg, Africaans for Sea Lion of the Mountain