As 17-year veterans of Cru, David and Meg Robbins have served in a variety of capacities, beginning as field staff at their Alma Mater, the University of Mississippi. In 2003, they moved to Pisa, Italy, to serve as overseas team leaders for Cru. It was during that time they fell in love with finding ways to relate and communicate with a secular, pluralistic culture. They trained to serve overseas long-term until God surprisingly led them back to the U.S.
After a three-year stint as campus directors at the University of Georgia, they were asked to serve as national director of Campus Field Ministries, overseeing 175 field staff on 17 locations for campus ministries in Alabama, Florida, Georgia and Mississippi. In 2012, they launched Cru's Millennials Ministry in New York City as a national facilitator. The initiative targeting 20-somethings quickly grew to reach a network of 1,000 millennials in New York and spread nationwide, establishing teams in 15 other cities across the U.S. In 2017, David was named the new president of FamilyLife.
David and Meg, married Nov. 16, 2001, are in process of settling in to their new home in Little Rock, AR with their four children—Ford, Mim, Roe and Mac.
The Robbinses' passion and heart throughout ministry have always been reflected in Joshua 1:16, "Whatever you have commanded us we will do, and wherever you send us we will go." As the ministry to millennials grew, so did David and Meg's personal ministry focusing on marriages and families, as this generation is entering marriage and having children. They experienced the unlocking power of what God can do through families who are open to Him.
"In an increasingly secular world, we often observe how marriage and parenting are two areas in which people actually are willing to listen to a biblical perspective and worldview, says David. "We love helping people experience Jesus in the most intimate places of their lives: marriages and families. Jesus is the only hope people have to experience real emotional, spiritual and physical intimacy in marriage, and to raise their kids in a culture and world that often seem like adversaries to families.
FamilyLife has been part of the Robbinses' marriage since the beginning. After using Preparing for Marriage as part of their pre-marital counseling, David and Meg celebrated their first anniversary with a Weekend to Remember conference.
"I still remember that afternoon with my wife, after writing her a letter, sitting together and confessing my insecurities. It was a breakthrough that cultivated strength and unity, and shaped our marriage into what it is today, says David. Studying Stepping Up with a group of men was also instrumental in David's life. It pushed him to really question who he was as a man and how God was calling him to lead his family.
The Robbinses are excited about the opportunity to humbly steward FamilyLife's resources and strategically position them in a way that will reach current generations and beyond. They eagerly anticipate connecting people to life-changing relationships, and holistically integrating faith, work, family and mission.