It is with great sadness that we share that Bill Robertson died last night. Bill passed peacefully in his sleep after spending the day with family. Bill served with the Christian Church Foundation for 11 years as a member of our development staff and then for another six years as a consultant. Bill was a pillar of the Christian Church Foundation, working in four of our six zones. Even in his retirement, Bill continued to be a mentor and friend to many of the Foundation staff. We are deeply saddened by this loss and will greatly miss our dear colleague.
“Bill was the very definition of interesting and grace-filled,” said Gary Kidwell. “He could talk theology, economics, aviation, and furnace repair. I will miss his wisdom, humor, and genuine spirit. My heart goes out to his family, especially his sweetheart since high school, Benny.”
Bill and his wife, Benny, loved to travel and went all over the world together. They were united in their dedication and service to the church and were incredibly generous with their resources. When they were awarded the Harry T. Ice Distinguished Service Award in 2009, Bill said, “If you want to give, it is not a sacrifice” and he and Benny took every opportunity to prove this. Christian Church Foundation President Emeritus James P. Johnson reflects on Bill and Benny’s generosity, commenting, “It is a quality of life which has manifested itself in so many ways. Their historic love of the church is a gift to all of us. The Christian Church is stronger and healthier than it would have been without Bill and Benny. Their gifts of all kinds over many, many years have made institutions of the church and the church itself stronger; lives have indeed been changed.”
Our hearts and prayers are with Benny and the entire Robertson family. Arrangements are pending. A memorial service will be held later in the summer.