Resolution of Thanks to James C. Robinson by Central Florida Presbytery

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Resolution of Thanks to James C. Robinson by Central Florida Presbytery

Resolution of Thanks to James C. Robinson by Central Florida Presbytery

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jtracy
September 1, 2016

Wheras James C. Robinson has been a faithful member of the Presbyterian Church, U.S./Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) for five decades and... Read the Resolution of Thanks to James C. Robinson by Central Florida Presbytery, Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) March 3, 2007.

Listen as Jim Robinson describes his faith heritage in this excerpt from an oral history interview with Mr. Robinson at his home on Lake Conway, March 11, 2016. 

LISTEN Part V (10:28)

First Presbyterian Church

My mother had grown up in the First Presbyterian Church in Sumter, my father was a Presbyterian in Lancaster. But it was called ARP, Associate Reform Presbyterian Church. When they came here they went to First Presbyterian Church... Anyway, I grew up in that church going to Sunday School.... They came to me and asked me to teach a Sunday School class and so I did, high school students, and I came to know a lot of people. And, anyway, I taught an adult class and this minister, who was the one who formed Presbyterian College in St. Petersburg, became very friendly with me. He asked me, because they had a big problem with a church out in Maitland, and he asked me... to go out there to prepare to take over the preaching. I went and the deacons wouldn't allow me to enter the pulpit.

Well, I managed to stand up in a break and explain that the officials in the Presbyterian Church had been meeting with the minister and others and they just defrocked him, taken his job away from him. So then the little group refused to get out of the church. The Presbyterian Church asked my law firm to bring a suit and we did. And the judge, he ruled in our favor. At the same time a similar situation had arisen in the Tampa area, St. Petersburg. There the judge ruled in favor of the dominant member. So it went to the Florida Supreme Court and they upheld our decision. And so we took possession of the property and I went out there and I conducted services for quite a while. And I went on the National Board of the General Assembly and I was on the Board of World Missions and I made trips to Europe, Africa on their behalf.

What message would you give to future generations of our community?

To look for opportunities to work with others for the betterment of the community and not for just your personal gain. But to look at what is really needed for the common good. And look for it, and be willing to sacrifice, work for it.

 

 

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