Called To Lead

Robert J. McFarland

Robert J. McFarland

Lead Pastor

He sets his own example and leads from the front.

Hi! I am Rob McFarland and I am the Lead Pastor at Chestnut Ridge Church. I am a buckeye by birth – I was born in Springfield – half way between Columbus and Dayton. My Mom and Dad were godly people – taking me to Church every time the doors were open. We had a family business. By trade I am a meat cutter – when I was old enough to go to school, I was old enough to begin to work in the meat business. If I were still in that business I would be considered a Master Meat Cutter.

I am married to the most fantastic women in all the world – Missi – and she has been my bride and partner in life since June 28, 1975. We have been blessed with two wonderful children – Robbie and Olivia. Robbie is married to Renaye and they have three children – Bella (7), Robbie III (2), and Josie (6 months). Olivia is married to Greg Powell and they have four children – Adria (15), twin boys Isaac and Chase (14), and Jackson (4).

I was saved when I was 19 years old – six months later I received my calling into the ministry. That was in May of 1974 – in September of that same year I enrolled at Warner Southern College to prepare for the ministry. In 1978 I graduated with honors – top in my major – with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Church Ministries.

My first Church was in Wise, Virginia. There I served for 4½ years as Minister Of Youth & Music. I also served the State as State Youth Director for 2 years during that time. It was while we were in Wise that our 2 children were born.

In November of 1982, I received a call from the Church in Hubbard to prayerfully consider becoming their Pastor. Feeling led by God to accept that calling, I have never regretted that decision. I am more convinced now than ever before that it was and is the plan of God for me to serve this great congregation. I am more excited now than then to have the privilege of being their Pastor.

It is my plan to serve as Lead Pastor of Chestnut Ridge Church until I retire. Until then, we have much to do. There is a community to impact – there are souls to be saved – there are disciples to be made – there are families to be strengthened – and there are people to be filled with hope. I invite you to join me and the spiritual family at Chestnut Ridge Church to help us change our world for the Lord Jesus Christ and the Kingdom of God.

ABOUT PASTOR ROB: WHAT DO YOU DO AT CHESTNUT RIDGE CHURCH? I am the Lead Pastor. I preach, teach, sing on the Praise Team, and cast the vision for the Church. I love being a Pastor. I will do anything that needs to be done. I am just as happy changing a light bulb as I am ministering to people. I love what I do! WHAT BROUGHT YOU TO CHESTNUT RIDGE CHURCH, AND/OR WHAT HAS PREPARED YOU TO THIS ROLE? It was the Lord’s leadings for me to come to Hubbard. I was happy in Wise. My family was young, the Church was growing, and we were in a major building project. But God was finished with me in Wise and had a place in Hubbard for me to serve. All of my life has been a time of preparation for me to be the Pastor here at Chestnut Ridge Church. I was raised in a great Church. I had a fantastic college experience. I served as an Associate Pastor. God led me step by step and prepared me each day for the place He had prepared for me to serve in Hubbard. TELL US SOMETHING ABOUT YOURSELF. I am married to a beauty queen. My wife Missi competed in the Miss Florida Pageant in 1974. I am an avid golfer. My three favorite vacation sites are Myrtle Beach, Walt Disney World, and Lake Nipissing, North Bay, Ontario, Canada. WHAT IS A SCRIPTURE VERSE MEANINGFUL TO YOU? “Now to Him who is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us, to Him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus to all generations, forever and ever. Amen.” (Ephesians 3:20-21) Favorite TV Show: NCIS Favorite Food: Prime Rib Favorite Holiday: Christmas Favorite Restaurant: Red Lobster Favorite Song: Friend Of God