Dr. Haddon W. Robinson passed away on July 22, 2017. He served as the third president of Denver Seminary from 1979 to 1991.
Dr. Robinson was recognized as one of the most gifted preachers and communicators in the country. Under his leadership Denver Seminary became one of the most financially and academically stable evangelical institutions in the United States. Among other significant endeavors during his presidency, our institution’s name changed to “Denver Seminary”, women were added to the teaching faculty and board of trustees, and the DMin program was expanded significantly. His influence on Denver Seminary, our community, and the global Church was great.
Denver Seminary President, Dr. Mark Young, noted, “Haddon Robinson set a course that has served Denver Seminary to this day. His vision to expand the impact of the Seminary beyond its original denominational affiliation allowed the school to diversify and grow significantly. We grieve his passing.”
Read this tribute by Dr. Scott Wenig, Haddon Robinson Chair of Biblical Preaching. And hear from others in our community that knew him well:
“Haddon Robinson was a mentor, guide, and friend. His investment in so many lives, mine included, will impact the world for generations to come. I especially benefitted from his communication coaching which undergirded my work in radio and on the platform as well as from his nudging me to say 'yes' to the opportunities God brought my way for Denver Seminary, MOPS International, and Discover the Word. He will be missed, but his legacy in many will continue on.”
-Elisa Morgan, Alumna, Board Member, Speaker, Author, President Emerita, MOPS International
"Haddon Robinson was one of the outstanding preachers of the twentieth century. He also left an indelibele mark as professor at Dallas Seminary, president of Denver Seminary and professor and interim president at Gordon-Conwell. Countless graduates of these and other institutions reckon his influence and support as most formative for their ministries, as he stressed the need for expository preaching, and taught it in his internationally best-selling textbook on that topic. But he always stressed the equally important need for sermons to be relevant. Others will fill the gap left by his homegoing, but no one will fill his shoes."
-Dr. Craig Blomberg, Distinguished Professor of New Testament
"Haddon Robinson recruited me to the Seminary board. He was widely known and highly respected and was a superb successor to Dr Grounds. He loved the Word and taught it passionately whenever he could. He was a modern patriarch of the Kingdom and his good work will continue to bear eternal fruit."
-George Richardson, Board Member
Dr. Robinson was a native of New York City, a graduate of Bob Jones University, Dallas Theological Seminary, Southern Methodist University, and the University of Illinois. He received honorary degrees from Gordon College and McMaster Divinity College and authored Biblical Preaching: The Development and Delivery of Expository Messages.
He is survived by his wife Bonnie; his daughter, Vicki Hitzges; his son, Torrey Robinson; his daughter-in-law, Sue; and two grandsons.
Dr. Robinson's Memorial Service will be held on Thursday, September 7, 2017 at 7:00 pm at the Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary Chapel, 130 Essex Street, South Hamilton, MA 01982.
Memorial gifts can be made to the Haddon W. Robinson Chair of Biblical Preaching at Denver Seminary. To donate, call Lisa Ricci at 303.762.6908 or mail a check made payable to Denver Seminary with the designation “Haddon Robinson Chair” to:
6399 South Santa Fe Drive
Littleton, Colorado 80120