Reverend Robert Jay Schipper told the 156 December graduates at North Greenville University that; “The most important thing today is not your graduation. The most important thing is whether or not you know Jesus Christ.”
Schipper is the special assistant to Dr. Charles Stanley and In Touch Ministries at First Baptist Church, Atlanta and was the keynote speaker for NGU’s commencement exercises on Thursday, December 8.
Schipper told the graduates that they are at a crossroads in life and should depend upon God to be successful in life.
“God has a blueprint for your life,” he said. “Success is following the will of God. Ask Him His will for your life. When you follow it, you will be successful.”
Schipper is the son of missionary parents and grew up on the mission field. Bob was born in Bolivia and is bilingual, having spent many of his childhood years in Puerto Rico.
In February of 1997, Bob was called into full-time Christian ministry. Since 1999, Bob has been Executive Assistant to Dr. Charles Stanley. He has also served In Touch Ministries as chaplain to the staff as well as vice president of operations.
Prior to his ministerial career he was involved in construction. He has since utilized this expertise in his oversight of major renovations at First Baptist Church Atlanta where he and his family have been members since 1985.
He and his wife, Tracey, have two grown sons. Their oldest son, Jay, is currently serving the Lord in England with Operation Mobilization as a videographer. Tyler is a senior at NGU and will finish his Christian Studies degree in May 2012. When not traveling with Dr. Stanley, Bob pursues his passion for flying. He acquired his Private Pilot Certificate in 2007.
At the conclusion of Schipper’s address, the University awarded him an honorary Doctor of Christian Leadership.
“Thank you Bob and Tracey for what you are doing for Jesus Christ,” said NGU President Dr. Jimmy Epting.
It was an especially big day for one MBA graduate, Carter Taylor. Taylor is a 74-years-young retired American Airlines pilot who at 72 decided to go back to school.
Why North Greenville University?
“My wife is a native of Greer and I have heard about NGU for years,” said Taylor. “In asking a couple of Human Resource people if they had a preference as to which school they received their applicants from, NGU was highly recommended.”
After graduation, he will be cranking out the resumes to find a job that will utilize his considerable aviation experience, customer service skills, get-it-done attitude, positive outlook, and excellent MBA training to help an organization achieve their goals.
“My experience with this graduate program has been exceptionally positive. The other ‘kids’ and the professors have all been great,” Taylor said.