The Reverend Robert Paul Sanders Jr.
Sept. 1, 1948 - Sept. 18, 2021
After a six-year battle with Lewy body dementia, the Reverend Robert Paul Sanders Jr. passed away peacefully Saturday, Sept. 18, 2021.
Bob was born Sept. 1, 1948 in Charlotte, N.C., to parents Robert Paul Sanders Sr. and Elizabeth "Betty" Norcom Sanders (nee Maxwell Norcom).
Bob graduated from Miami University of Ohio with a Bachelor's degree in Political Science. He received his Master of Divinity degree from Princeton Theological Seminary and later completed post-graduate coursework at San Francisco Theological Seminary.
Upon graduation, Bob served as Associate Pastor at First Presbyterian Church of Boulder for six years, ten years as the Senior Pastor/Head of Staff at University Presbyterian in Fresno, Calif., and for twenty-five years as Senior Pastor/Head of Staff at Lake Grove Presbyterian in Lake Oswego, Ore., until 2015 when he retired.
In his ministry, Bob is to be honored for his clear and passionate proclamation of the Gospel in his preaching; for his visionary leadership of growing and vital congregations; for his courageous and compassionate action to seek justice for the poor and the oppressed around the world; for his joyful adoration of children; and for his love for all people.
Bob will be remembered as an accomplished guitar player and singer; as well as an enthusiastic outdoorsman, always on the hunt for the hike with the best mountain-views. Bob was an insightful question-asker, a deep listener and a wise counselor. Bob will always be a respected brother, devoted husband, cherished father, and beloved "Papa."
Bob is survived by his wife, Deborah "Debbie" Alice Sanders (nee Scott); and his two daughters, Kristin Sanders and Rebecca "Becca" Bruner (nee Sanders); son-in-law, David Bruner; and three grandchildren, Eleanor, Benjamin and Margaret Bruner; his brother, Ralph Sanders and sister-in-law, Janice Sanders (nee Westcott); niece, Beth Sanders and husband, Chris Stenken; nephew, Russell Sanders and wife, Julia Sanders (nee Klaus); nieces and nephews, Arlo, Ezra, June, and Cailin Sanders.
A worship service honoring Bob's life and celebrating the resurrection of Jesus Christ will be held at 2 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 9, 2021, at Lake Grove Presbyterian Church and will also be available via livestream at https://lakegrovepres.org/
Lake Grove Presbyterian requires that persons attending events inside the church wear masks at all times to help keep our vulnerable population safe.
In lieu of flowers, the family asks that gifts be given for the establishment of the Bob Sanders Memorial Mission Fund. This fund will serve to carry on Bob's legacy of ministry and his deep commitment to mission, inviting and encouraging men and women to encounter Jesus among the least, the last and the lost through participating in transformational mission experiences. These donations may be made online at https://lakegrovepres.org/
or mailed to Lake Grove Presbyterian Church.
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Published by The Oregonian from Sep. 23 to Sep. 26, 2021.