Dr. R. Robert Creech is Professor of Christian Ministries and Director of Pastoral Ministries, and holds the Hubert H. and Gladys S. Raborn Chair of Pastoral Leadership. He joined the Truett faculty in 2009 following twenty-two years as Senior Pastor at the University Baptist Church in Houston, Texas. He previously taught on the faculty of Houston Baptist University, from 1979 to 1987.

Robert earned his B.A. in Sociology and Christianity from Houston Baptist University, his M.Div. from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, and his Ph.D. from Baylor University in New Testament studies. He co-authored The Leader’s Journey in 2003, Ethics for Christian Ministry in 2017, and Family Systems and Congregational Life in 2019.  A second edition of the Leaders’s Journey will be released in February 2020.  He has published chapters in several other volumes as well. Robert is a native Texan, a Texas Master Gardener and a Texas Master Naturalist. He and his wife, Dr. Melinda Creech, enjoy the outdoors and their family farm in Floresville, Texas, where they are employing a grant from Texas Parks and Wildlife to restore the eighty-eight acre site to native prairie. Robert serves as Faculty-in-Residence at University House in Baylor’s North Village Residential Community. He and Melinda have three children and four grandchildren.