Graduate of Indiana University of Pennsylvania, Pittsburg Theological Seminary, Western Reserve University, and Case Western Reserve University; ordained by the Pittsburg Presbytery (1960) and transferred to the Reformed Church in America’s Classis of Zeeland in 1977; served on the faculty at Westminster College, New Wilmington, PA (1962-1969), Hope College (1969-1975), Western Theological Seminary (1975-1994) and until 1996 as the Director of Connects (Western’s continuing education program); served as minister for Natrona Heights Presbyterian Church (1962); Wolf Creek U.P. Church West Liberty U.P. Church (1963-1967); West Elizabeth U.P. Church (1967-1968); Ellwood City Presbyterian Church (1968-1969). His special interest in archaeology in Jordan and Israel and early iron mining and smelting activities in Jordan eventually led him to serve on the Board of Trustees of the American Center of Oriental Research in Amman, Jordan. The collection includes a large number of copies and originals of all types of correspondence generated and received by him and kept in chronological order during his tenure at Western Theological Seminary through 1990. Typical of his correspondence are many letters from current and former students, former and current colleagues in ministry and teaching, letters expressing deep appreciation for his services, conviction of colleagues abroad that he would be a good candidate for the presidency of several liberal arts colleges and of a theological seminary, Fellowship Reformed Church of Holland, Michigan, and letters involving relationships with colleagues in the Middle East in regard to archaeological projects with which he was associated. The 1999 additions to the file include sermons and messages, outlines and other materials also relating to his work at Hope College and Western Theological Seminary.
Repository citation: Western Theological Seminary, "W91-1041. Coughenour, Robert A. (1931 - ). Papers, 1977-1990. 2.00 linear ft." (2012). Collection Registers and Abstracts. Paper 249.
July 31, 2012.