Born and raised in Northern Ireland Bob, along with his brother Neil and sister Ruth, were brought up in a strong Christian tradition by their widowed mother after their father's death when Bob was only thirteen.
Much of Bob's inspiration comes from over forty years of being involved in Christian leadership and from Biblical principles and Godly values, instilled in him by his mother. 1992 was when Bob put pen to paper and began jotting down these inspirations. In 1993 he started sending copies of them to his friends and supporters in the United States, where he has lived since he was eighteen years old.
These inspirational readings proved so popular that Bob was totally astounded by the response.
Having a vision for Christian radio in the UK, Bob offered Gareth Littler (former CEO of UCB) his devotional readings to encourage Christians in their support of UCB and as the old saying goes, 'the rest is history!'
So, through a bold step of faith in April 1994, we launched this very successful devotional that had been called The Word For Today, with an initial print run of 3,500 copies circulated to our supporters within the UK.
The circulation has now increased to one million copies being read daily, not only by our supporters but also by patients in hospitals, prisoners and residents of care centres throughout the UK and Ireland.
Day after day, telephone calls and letters testify to how inspiring these simple yet powerful, daily readings are transforming peoples lives.
We have been amazed over the years at how many people have found faith in Christ simply through reading The Word For Today.
Bob says, 'This devotional is a kick start for cold mornings, when you don't feel like reading your Bible or find it a bit dry, that's when you need a good injection of inspiration. That's what I want to provide for our readers, something to focus their minds on God's goodness'.
Through reading this devotional every morning tens of thousands of people's lives have been changed.