Pastor Robert was born in Roswell, NM February 28, 1947. He jokingly says of his birth in the same year as the so- called Roswell alien incident: “I was born in February and my parents crashed when they came back for me in July!”

His father was a career Air Force officer, so Robert grew up in a wide range of places from Florida to Japan, and everywhere in between. He graduated from High School from Victor Valley High, Victorville, Calfornia, in 1965. He attended Oklahoma University at Norman, Oklahoma, majoring in English, with minors in Oriental Religion and Business. Robert insists, however, that his real major was swimming, because for four years he was a member of the “OU” swim team.

In January of 1970 he married Juanita De Mont, whom he had met in Victorville during the summer of 1966. They had been dating “long distance”, since she was attending the University of Arizona. When Robert graduated in May of 1970, he went into the Navy from ROTC at OU, commissioned as an Ensign. He served aboard the USS Horne DLG 30, a guided missile cruiser, completing a six-month tour in Vietnam. In January of 1972, Robert accepted an assignment at Kirtland AFB in Albuquerque at the Defense Nuclear Agency as an Aide to the Agency’s Chief, Admiral L.V. Swanson.

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He served under the Admiral for two and a half years until he returned to the “inactive” reserves in 1974, when he purchased a Volkswagen garage called “German Automotive” which was later renamed “The Import Experts.” Hard-working and overly ambitious, he started several other businesses during the next few years including; “City Automotive,” a paint and body shop, and “Circle 8 Square Dance Shop.” Reflecting on that time of his life, Robert admits, “My goals were money and power; I was going to get rich in business! But my morals began to slip and I became increasingly unhappy and disillusioned with life.” He was unable to live the standards of right and wrong, which early in life God had placed in his heart. He became a “caffeine freak” by day (one ten-cup pot before 7AM) and a beer drinker at night to settle down. Driven by the nervous energy of anger and failure, Robert drowned himself in business.

By April of 1979, one night, weeping alone in his bathroom, he cried to the Lord and said; “Jesus please help me!” The next morning he had no desire for coffee. A friend named Mike had been quoting Scripture and telling him, “Robert, you’re not right with God, and you need Jesus Christ in your heart.” The words began to sink in, and despite a break-in at his business in which most of his tools were stolen, and an increase of anger when he found out who did it, God began to draw him though the love of his friend Mike Williams. At Mike’s Bible study they prayed for Robert and Juanita, and through the prayers of this study group the Lord changed Robert’s heart. God touched their hearts at the birth of their first son, Russell William, and soon after, Juanita gave her life to the Lord. Robert himself went to this home study and began to attend regularly. In a few weeks, he and Juanita found themselves at the altar in the Del Norte Baptist church in Albuquerque giving their heart to Jesus and praying the sinner’s prayer. These two new babes in Christ had a deep hunger for God’s Word and began to grow as believers.

Two weeks later, while working alone in the garage, the Spirit of the Lord came to Robert and filled him with His love. An almost audible Voice told him, “You belong to me now, and no one will ever take you from my hands; You’re mine.” Robert believes about that day that the following scripture was fulfilled in his life: Ephesians 1:13-14 NIV “And you also were included in Christ when you heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation. Having believed, you were marked in him with a seal, the promised Holy Spirit, who is a deposit guaranteeing our inheritance until the redemption of those who are God’s possession–to the praise of His glory.” He was filled with an incredible love, and he knew that he would serve the Lord the rest of his life. (Romans 5:5 NIV “And hope does not disappoint us, because God has poured out His love into our hearts by the Holy Spirit, whom He has given us.”)

With the birth of their daughter Elizabeth in 1980, the Halls moved to Rio Rancho and began to attend Paradise Hills Baptist church, which later became “Tabernacle of Praise.” From 1982 to 1987, Robert served as Children’s Pastor and one of the worship and home study leaders. In 1985, their third child David was born, completing the family.

Then In September of 1986, Pastor Juan Espinoza from Calvary Fellowship of Seattle relocated to Rio Rancho and began a Bible study, meeting on Sunday evenings. The Halls came alongside Juan and his wife Kris to help found Calvary Fellowship of Rio Rancho. During that time the attendance grew to 40 and Juan began Sunday morning services in 1987 in the Rio Rancho Twin Cinema. Robert resigned from the other church and came on as the Calvary Fellowship of Rio Rancho Children’s Pastor and worship leader.

In the Spring of 1987, Juan and his wife decided that the Lord was calling them back to Seattle. His pastor, Wayne Taylor of Calvary Fellowship, Seattle came to Rio Rancho and discerned the Lord was calling Robert to be the pastor of Calvary Fellowship. He asked Robert to attend the annual Calvary Chapel Pastor’s Conference in Costa Mesa in June.

Returning to Rio Rancho, Robert became the pastor of the church, with an attendance of about 60. Through that summer attendance dropped off and by September only 17 people remained in the church. Robert jokingly says “And five of those were in my own family!” Robert and Juanita, discouraged and tired, were invited by Pastor Wayne to the annual Northwest Pastors’ Conference during which they were ordained into the ministry and received a pastor’s heart by the laying on of hands by the elders of Calvary Fellowship Seattle. They returned to Rio Rancho, full of the Spirit of the Lord, ready to teach and feed the flock in Rio Rancho as long as God wanted.

From 1987 to 1992, the church struggled with an attendance ranging from 40 to 100, migrating to eight different locations. In 1992, a very discouraged Robert met with Pastor Skip Heitzig of Calvary Chapel Albuquerque. Skip prayed for him and the church, and suggested a change of name to “Calvary Chapel Rio Rancho”, as well as a move from their location to the more public location at a Day Care Center. There the fellowship grew to a steady 100. Then in 1994 Calvary Chapel moved again into the Rio Rancho Twin Cinema, where it grew to 160.

In 1995 Robert left his landscape business and came on full time as the Pastor of Calvary Chapel Rio Rancho. He also became the lead volunteer chaplain for the Rio Rancho Department of Public Safety. Ten months later, in November of 1995, the church moved to our present location in an old National Guard Armory on HWY 528. By November of 1996 the church had grown to 450 members, and the following November to 600. We have seen many miracles at Calvary Chapel. Pastor Robert says; “When I finally gave up, God was able to work.” Our current attendance approaches 1200, as the commitment to the things of God deepens.

Of his encounter with Jesus, Robert has written a song that is most personal to him. For those who read this and aren’t sure of their relationship to Jesus, if you would like prayer, e-mail us and we’ll pray for you and send you some materials about a life of faith in Jesus Christ.

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Jesus He came to me, many years ago;

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Why He’d ever pick me, only He would know,

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It was a very special day that I first laid eyes on Him,

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I knew at once who He was and who He’d always been.

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Oh my Jesus, Oh dear Jesus, Oh dear Jesus, I’m not who I used to be.

I looked into His eyes, He looked inside of me,

My whole life bare to Him, nothing He couldn’t see.

His love flooded in as my life slipped away,

I died and rose again, born in love that day!

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Unless a man is born again, he can’t see the Kingdom,

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You can’t see the Kingdom, unless you’re born again.

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Unless a man is born again, he can’t see the Kingdom,

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You’ll never see His Kingdom, unless you’re born again.

1. What are some of your hobbies?

Bike Riding & Wilderness Backpacking

2. What is your favorite book in the Bible?

Romans (without a doubt)

3. What is your favorite Bible verse and why?

Exodus 34:5-7

4. What is your best childhood memory?

Going Home to Grandma’s house in Roswell – 405 South Washington!