The Rev. Dr. Robert Agnew was ordained in the Presbyterian Church (USA) 48 years ago. He has served churches in Ohio, Kentucky, Missouri, Texas, Indiana, Illinois and Michigan. Since moving to the Detroit area, he has served as Interim Pastor at Grosse Pointe Woods Presbyterian Church and Temporary Stated Supply Pastor at Fort Street Presbyterian Church.
Bob has a BA from Coe College in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, a Master of Divinity from Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary in Louisville, Kentucky, and a Doctor of Ministry from Eden Theological Seminary in Webster Groves, Missouri. He also has special training and experience in leading and guiding congregations in transitional times, and has served as moderator for the National Association of Presbyterian Interim Ministry Specialists. Bob’s wife, Diane, serves as Hunger Action Coordinator for the Presbytery of Detroit.
Bob’s commitment to the calling of interim work has brought with it new energy and enthusiasm. He sees this work as utilizing the gifts and resources he has gained through ministry and as “giving back to the Church” which has enriched his life.
Kingsley began his work among the congregation in 1983. Kingsley lived and attended school in Berea, Ohio through grade seven. The family then moved to Wadsworth, Ohio as his father started teaching vocal music there. Kingsley sang in his dad’s choirs for five years. Following high school graduation, Kingsley earned a degree in Public School Music at Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois. His first teaching job was in Bangor, Michigan, vocal music and social studies. Then he taught junior high vocal and instrumental music and arithmetic in Kalamazoo and directed church choirs in the area. In 1954 he and Lurline Willis were married. In 1957 he completed his Masters Degree in Administration at Western Michigan University. In 1959 he became Assistant Director of Personnel in the Kalamazoo Schools.
In 1963 the family moved to Warren when he was hired as Personnel Director for the Warren Consolidated Schools. All three of their children graduated from Warren High School. In 1982 he founded the Warren Community Chorus which he still directs. The next year he started directing the Choir at Celtic Cross. He retired from the Warren Consolidated Schools in 1986.
Kingsley played in the band in high school, in college, and in several community bands including the Warren Concert Band (since 1974) and the Michigan State University Alumni Travel Band. Instruments have included baritone, trombone, flute, and tuba. He has written program notes for the Warren Symphony Orchestra and has given tuba lessons to middle school students.
Non-musical hobbies include playing bridge and household projects. Camping and running are no longer on the agenda. Prior to his “retirement” Kingsley ran about two dozen races per year including the Mackinac Bridge Labor Day run. Years ago he completed 5 Detroit Marathons, but with age the distances declined.
The concerned fellowship and musical dedication of the Celtic Cross Choir are deeply rewarding. Their weekly contributions to worship are among Kingsley’s most treasured experiences.