Dr. Bob Skelton, 2013 HOC Award Recipient


A native of Oakwood, Georgia, Robert Skelton attended Truett McConnell College and Belmont University.

He did his graduate study in Education at the University of Georgia and obtained his Masters in Divinity from New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary.  He also received a certificate in Continuing Education from the Harvard University Graduate School of Business Administration.

During Mr. Skelton’s student years, he served as a student pastor to several churches in Georgia and Kentucky.

His full time pastor positions have included:
Garden Lakes Baptist Church, Rome, GA
First Baptist Church, Mableton, GA
Minister of Evangelism at Roswell Street Baptist Church, Marietta, GA
He currently serves as the Senior Division Director-WinShape Foundation-Student & International Division, Berry College

Mr. Skelton has served as:
– A teacher and coach in Commerce and Gainesville
-Executive Committee for the Georgia Baptist Convention
– Board of Directors for the Christian Index
-Trustee of Truett McConnell College
-Trustee of the Georgia Baptist Children’s Homes and Family Ministries
– Advisory Board of the Rome Leadership Prayer Breakfast
-Interim Pastor to 14 local churches

According to the nominations received for Robert Skelton, words cannot describe the positive influence he has been to lives of all the people he touches:


He is “a stabilizing factor in those lives,” “a father away from home” to students at the WinShape Center.


“His name is known and loved by hundreds.” 


“He has invested himself into each person and contacts he makes.”


“His motive in life is to serve, not be served.  He so ably puts his time and talents into so many lives—not so that he can count his successes, but so that others are spurred on to succeed.”


Robert Skelton is married to the former Vicky Wood of Griffin, Georgia. They have one daughter, Wendy Whitley and three sons, Rob, Brett and Matt and 20 grandchildren.