But that was the beginning of Rob’s story, not the end.
Today, Rob is a man on a mission “to take what I’ve been dealt with and use it to affect the lives of others”. He’s the founder and president of RISE Ministries, Inc., an organization that teaches teens and adults how to overcome adversity in their lives.
Rob travels the country giving motivational speeches to a variety of audiences. In 2001 and 2002, he was featured nationally on the Jerry Lewis MDA telethon, along with his wife, Sharla. Rob speaks from the heart and from experience.
He’s journeyed through loneliness, depression, substance abuse, rebellion, and suicidal despair; and has come out the other side with something important to say. Rob, Sharla, and their son, Jager, and daughters, Riley and Aidan, live in Sheldon Iowa, where Rob enthusiastically helps his father-in-law harvest crops each fall.
Rob’s engaging personality and natural eloquence make it easy for others to learn what it’s like to live with a neuromuscular disease, and how to dream new dreams. You’ll be inspired in new ways after hearing Rob’s story.
Rob has shared the stage with artist such as: Jeremy Camp, Tenth Avenue North, Newsboys, MercyMe, Matthew West, Hawk Nelson, Mandisa, Matt Maher, Jason Gray, Mark Schultz, Ginny Owens, Sara Groves, along with speakers and comedians: Ken Davis, Daren Streblow, Jep Robertson, Taylor Mason, Jay Laffoon and Ben Glenn.