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Profiles in Goodwill: Rob Sellers

Rob Sellers is emeritus professor of theology and missions at Logsdon Seminary and chair of the Parliament of the World’s Religions.

  1. Where did you grow up?

I grew up in Pensacola, Florida, (until seventh grade) and Tampa (through high school graduation), where my dad was a Baptist pastor.

  1. What is your favorite verse, book or story in the Bible? Why?

The story of Peter and Cornelius, and especially Acts 10:34-35.

I like this story and this verse because of its teaching that God loves diversity, and that God accepts people on the basis of those who fear God and do what is right, which for me is worth thinking about when I consider the common question about the fate of the unevangelized.

  1. What is your favorite movie? Why?

I have had many “favorites” over the years and am very much a movie person.¬†Most recently, my favorite was “Wonder.”

I liked it because it was such a sentimental story that teaches both that people who are different from us should be accepted, and that the way to treat others is to be kind.

  1. Who are three people you admire?

Bradley Pope (Baptist Student Union director at Mississippi College 51 years ago who changed my life direction), Catherine Walker (missionary colleague and friend in Indonesia whose love for missionary kids was contagious) and Jon Jonsson (South African religionist, whose commitment to social justice and interfaith shaped my own passions).

  1. What is one little-known fact about yourself?

Along with Bill O’Brien, I co-wrote the lyrics and libretto of “The Namegivers,” a musical premiered at Ridgecrest and Glorieta that was orchestrated by Buryl Red.