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Supporter's Dedication to Ministry Inspires Everlasting Gift

Dr. Robert Pinder

Dr. Robert Pinder

Dr. Robert H. Pinder was a popular professor of human development and family studies for 23 years at Texas Tech University. His passion was to see students come to faith in Jesus Christ and see them grow and mature to become servant ministers.

Born on Feb. 5, 1928, in Miami, Florida, Robert has lived a long, fruitful life dedicated to ministry. He spent the next 17 years pastoring various churches in Florida, then eight years serving with the International Mission Board in Argentina.

After his time in Argentina, Robert began working toward his Ph.D. at Florida State University. It was in 1971 that Robert became a full-time professor of human development and family studies at Texas Tech University. He taught various courses over his 23 years at Texas Tech and had a strong Christian witness in all of them.

Robert also sponsored Tech's Baptist Student Union (now Baptist Student Ministry, or BSM), where he left an incredible impact and led many students to faith. In addition to his work as a professor, Robert had a full-time counseling practice in Lubbock, Texas.

In 1996, Robert retired from Texas Tech and moved to Georgetown, Texas. He served on the Texas Baptist Missions Foundation Board of Advisors (now Council) for 11 years, from 1999 to 2008. He helped the foundation build several new BSM buildings and was more than excited to offer a donation to allow the building of Texas Tech's new BSM facility to begin.

Robert used a gift of stock to establish the Robert and Jane Pinder Endowment for Texas Tech. Income from the endowment, as well as his Advise and Consult fund, will be used for current and future operations at the new building, named the Dr. Robert H. Pinder Student Center.

The primary benefit of endowed gifts is that they are invested. A portion of the annual income from the investment is used to address ministry needs, and the remaining funds are reinvested to ensure everlasting support. So, a single gift can generate income for a ministry that is important to you well past your lifetime.

Because of Robert's generosity and creativity in giving, the Baptist Student Ministry at Texas Tech will have the ability to impact college students for generations to come.

To learn more about making an endowed gift or including the Texas Baptist Missions Foundation (TBMF) in your estate plan, contact Bill Arnold at or 214-828-5173.

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