Robert Allan Hill

Dean, Marsh Chapel

Robert Allan Hill is the Dean of Marsh Chapel and a Professor of New Testament and Pastoral Theology at Boston University. His ministry at BU is rooted and grounded in the historic pulpit of Marsh Chapel, whose Sunday service is broadcast on NPR each Sunday morning at 11am (WBUR 90.9FM), with a weekly listenership of 50,000-100,000. As Dean of the Chapel, he preaches most Sundays, leads the Marsh staff (40 full and part time persons in the areas of ministry, music and hospitality), gives oversight to all University religious life (7 University Chaplains, 26 religious life groups, and 22 campus ministers), provides prayers for various all University events (Commencement, Matriculation, other), meets with the Deans’ Council and University Leadership Group, and guides pastoral care for the community, through the chaplains’ offices.

Robert Allan Hill is the author of thirteen books, and since 1981 he has taught in numerous schools and various church settings. His passionate interest lies at the intersection of Scripture and life, especially in the work of preaching, most of his writing being devoted to weekly sermons, over thirty years, in ten pulpits, some of which are collected, taped and published. He has taught Greek, New Testament, Preaching, the Practice of Ministry, Church Administration, Church Renewal, Pastoral Leadership, and other courses. His perspective on pastoral theology focuses on the special needs of the church in the Northeastern USA in the 21st Century. He has published in all these areas, and in addition, he has written three other collections of sermons and a book on Methodism along with his book on the Gospel of John. He has also written or co-authored and published a number of articles, chapters, sermons and essays. He has just completed his book on John: The Courageous Gospel: John in Sermon, Lecture, Essay and Discussion.

Bob Hill has been preaching since 1976. As an elder (Upper New York Conference) in the United Methodist Church he has had experience in ten local churches, five different annual conferences, multiple annual conference board assignments, General and Jurisdictional Conference participation, General Board membership (GBHEM), various speaking engagements, and denominational leadership discussions. His views of the present condition of the church, particularly in the Northeast, and prospects for ministry into the future, have provided a complementary perspective to that of some recent Northeastern UMC denominational leadership. He serves on numerous Conferences and Boards, including the Board of Visitors of Harvard Memorial Church, and the Board of Ministry of Harvard College. He is an active member of the Boston Ministers’ Club and the New Haven Theological Discussion Group, and he is an inactive Rotarian. He attends annual and regional meetings of SBL and AAR.

Bob loves sports, and played basketball and soccer at the high school and college levels. His wife Jan is a musician and teacher, whose children’s choir sings regularly in Boston, most notably once a year in early May on the steps of Trinity Church, Copley Square. Bob and Jan are joggers, spend summers on a lake in upstate New York, and have three grown children and five grandchildren.