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Rev. Bob and Kolleen Howard are retired and continue to serve God by leading churches in transition. They have come to us from the Wheaton UMC and have been appointed by our Bishop Bob Farr to serve at FUMC of Joplin through July of 2018.

Bob graduated from St Paul School of Theology in 1987 and was Ordained an Elder in the United Methodist Church in 1989. He received the Arlon O Ebright Award from St Paul School of Theology on Graduation for promise in Pastoral Ministry. Bob is a member of the Academy for Spiritual Formation. He received the Denman Award for Evangelism from the Southwest District while serving in Noel, Missouri.

Over the past forty years Bob and Kolleen have served several United Methodist Churches. Missouri is their home and they have served at Lincoln, Osceola, Noel, Forsyth, Platte City, Lebanon and Wheaton UMC.

Bob and Kolleen have been married for forty-five years and have four children, six grandchildren and one great grandchild.

He says, “I look forward to serving at the First United Methodist Church in Joplin. I would also like to personally invite you to join us for worship.”

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