Church Staff — Pastor



Rev. Dr. Robert Agnew

Phone: 313-961-4533


We’re pleased to have Robert L. Agnew as our Temporary Stated Supply Pastor. Pastor Bob has an extensive dossier of pastoral service. He was ordained in 1969. Prior to coming to Fort Street Church, he was the Interim Pastor for Grosse Pointe Woods Presbyterian Church, having come to them in October 2012. Prior to that, he served as Interim Pastor for churches in Indianapolis and South Bend, Indiana, and in Hickory Hills, Illinois. His career includes substantial service as Pastor/Head of Staff for congregations in Ohio and Kentucky, as well as hospital chaplaincies.

He has a Doctor of Ministry degree with a focus on pastoral care from Eden Theological Seminary, and a Master of Divinity degree from Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary. His undergraduate degree was in business administration and sociology.

Pastor Bob also has extensive experience in supporting the work of the wider church. He was a member of the Worship Committee for last year’s General Assembly, has served as a council member and Moderator of the Association of Presbyterian Interim Ministry Specialists, and has served as a member and officer on many denominational committees and boards.

Continuing education has been a passion for him, and he and his wife have just completed a study trip that included travel to Egypt and the ancient Jordanian city of Petra.

Pastor Bob and his wife, Diane, reside in Grosse Pointe Farms and have been married five years. Diane has two grown daughters living in Dayton, Ohio, and Lexington, Kentucky, and Bob has two grown sons living in Lexington, Kentucky, and Ft. Myers, Florida. Diane has been hired recently as Hunger Action Coordinator for the Presbytery of Detroit and, previously, was the Executive Coordinator for the 221st General  Assembly held last year in Detroit. They enjoy traveling, boating, reading, gardening, and spending time together.

Pastor Bob says of himself that “The mainstays of my ministry are transitional ministry, pastoral care, nurturing young and old, strong biblical preaching and teaching, continual spiritual development, growing stewardship, and effective leadership.

                                                                                                —Submitted by Tim Moran