Dr. Bell’s Biography
Dr. Robert (Robby) Wilson Bell was born in Spartanburg, SC, while his father, an Associate Reformed Presbyterian (ARP) minister, was pastoring the Sandy Plains ARP Church near Tryon, NC. His childhood years were spent at the Tirzah ARP Church in York County, SC—where he came to faith in Jesus Christ—and his teen years at the Old Providence ARP Church in Spottswood, VA.
A 1972 graduate of Riverheads High School, Augusta County, VA, he attended Erskine College, graduating in 1976 with a degree in Medical Technology. He worked as a Med Tech at King’s Daughters’ Hospital in Staunton, VA, before entering Erskine Theological Seminary, Due West, SC, where he earned the Master of Divinity (M.Div.) degree in 1982. Ordained by Virginia Presbytery in June 1982, he served as pastor of the Pressly Memorial ARP Church in Statesville, NC (First Presbytery), from 1982-89. He attended the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, KY, where he earned the Th.M. (1990) and Ph.D. (1994) degrees in Psychology of Religion. His Ph.D. dissertation is entitled: “A Pastoral Care Approach to Anger in Crisis: Contending with God.”
He taught pastoral care and counseling courses at Erskine Theological Seminary from 1994 until 2015, where he also served as Dean of the Seminary for a total of seven years.Place your content for the first column here.
He was married to his high school sweetheart, Karen Anita Graves, from 1976 until her death in 2008. He has two married children, Richard (Lori) and Cynthia (James), and five grandchildren.
He currently is married to the former Alice Frances Perry, who attended Erskine College before transferring to the University of South Carolina to pursue a degree in nursing. She is a registered nurse (RN) and has worked for a number of years in hospice care. Alice has four adult children: Meredith (Ian), Wendy (Joe), Gordon (Jackie), and Julia, and four grandchildren.
In his spare time, Dr. Bell enjoys tinkering with old tractors, cars, and trucks. Alice enjoys flower gardening and cooking at their home near Level Land, SC.
Mrs. Seeger’s Biography
Linda was born on April Fool’s Day to John Harris and Gladys Latham Lowe. An only child, she grew up on a farm near Saylors Crossroads in Anderson County, with loving, Christian parents and lots of cousins living nearby.
Linda graduated from Honea Path High School and attended Erskine College.
Her first marriage produced two children: Lisa Fleming Tavernier (Kurt) and John Fleming (deceased). She has three married grandsons: Joshua (Meghan), Jared (Kayla), and Jacob (Brooke), and two great-grandchildren.
Most of her work history has been in banking: bookkeeping, teller, customer service representative, and secretary. She had the pleasure of working with Tom Richie for three years while he was Stated Supply Pastor at North Anderson Community Church, Presbyterian.
Linda is married to Bob Seeger (retired from SCN Bank) and lives here in Anderson.
For the last two years she has enjoyed getting to know this family of faith here at Young Memorial.
Dec 3, 2017
On this first Sunday of Advent, we think about the coming of Jesus Christ, and we light the candle of hope. This candle looks back to the hope of the Old Testament prophets and forward to the hope of Jesus coming again.
One purple candle is lit.
“A shoot will come up from the stump of Jesse; from his roots a Branch will bear fruit. The Spirit of the Lord will rest on him—the Spirit of wisdom and of understanding, the Spirit of counsel and of might, the Spirit of the knowledge and fear of the Lord—and he will delight in the fear of the Lord. He will not judge by what he sees with his eyes, or decide by what he hears with his ears; but with righteousness he will judge the needy, with justice he will give decisions for the poor of the earth. (Isaiah 11:1-4)
“A voice of one calling: ‘In the wilderness prepare the way for the Lord; make straight in the desert a highway for our God. Every valley shall be raised up, every mountain and hill made low; the rough ground shall become level, the rugged places a plain. And the glory of the Lord will be revealed, and all people will see it together. For the mouth of the Lord has spoken.” (Isaiah 40:3-5)
• Thanks for the hope we have in Christ
• Thanks for the hope spoken by the prophets
• Thanks for the hope of Jesus coming again
• Hope will triumph over despair!
Jesus comes to bring hope to his people!
Dec 10, 2017
On this second Sunday of Advent, we think about the coming of Jesus Christ, and we light the candle of peace.
Two purple candles are lit.
He will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. (Isaiah 9:6)
Suddenly a great company of the heavenly host appeared with the angel, praising God and saying, “Glory to God in the highest heaven, and on earth peace to those on whom his favor rests.” (Luke 2:13-14)
Now may the Lord of peace himself give you peace at all times and in every way. (2 Thessalonians 3:16)
Help us remember the birth of Jesus,
that we may share in the song of the angels,
the gladness of the shepherds,
and the worship of the wise men.
Close the door of hate
and open the door of love all over the world.
Let kindness come with every gift
and good desires with every greeting.
Deliver us from evil by the blessing
which Christ brings,
and teach us to be merry with clear hearts.
May the Christmas morning
make us happy to be thy children,
and Christmas evening bring us to our beds
with grateful thoughts,
forgiving and forgiven,
for Jesus’ sake. Amen
–Robert Louis Stevenson “A Christmas Prayer”
Jesus comes to bring peace his people!
Dec 17, 2017
On this third Sunday of Advent, we think about the coming of Jesus Christ, and we light the shepherds’ candle, the candle of joy.
Two purple candles and one pink candle are lit.
“You make known to me the path of life; you will fill me with joy in your presence, with eternal pleasures at your right hand.” (Psalm 16:11)
“He has sent me to proclaim freedom for the captives and to comfort all who weep…To bestow on them a crown of beauty instead of ashes, the oil of joy instead of a spirit of despair.” ( Isaiah 61:1-3)
“And there were shepherds living out in the fields nearby, keeping watch over their flocks at night. An angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified. But the angel said to them, ‘Do not be afraid. I bring you good news that will cause great joy for all the people. Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is Christ, the Lord!’” (Luke 2:8-11)
• Thanks for the joy we have in Christ
• Call for joy instead of sadness
• Call for our hearts to overflow with the joy of Jesus
• Joy will triumph over despair!
Because Jesus has come to us, we can live every day in the joy of the Lord. Praise His name!
Dec 24, 2016
On this fourth Sunday of Advent, we think about the coming of Jesus
Christ, and we light the angels’ candle, the candle of love.
All three purple candles and one pink candle are lit.
“Suddenly, the angel was joined by a vast host of angels—the armies of
heaven—praising God and saying, “Glory to God in highest heaven, and
peace on earth to those with whom God is pleased!” (Luke 2:13-14)
“This is how God showed his love among us: He sent his one and only Son
into the world that we might live through him.” (1 John 4:9)
“Jesus said: ‘So now I am giving you a new commandment: Love each other. Just as I have loved you, you should love each other. Your love for one another will prove to the world that you are my disciples.'” (John 13:34-35)
• Thanks for the love of God we have in Christ
• Call for love instead of hate
• Call for our hearts to overflow with love for our city, nation and world
• Love will triumph over fear!
Because Jesus has come to us, we can live daily in the love that the Father has lavished upon us!