In memoriam: Rev. Dr. Robert Webber


Lancaster Theological Seminary Professor Emeritus The Rev. Dr. Robert Duff Webber, 79, died Sept. 5, 2015 after living for 14 years with ALS. Bob was Professor of New Testament at Lancaster Seminary from 1973 to 1999. He ws a graduate of University of Oklahoma (BA); Perkins School of Theology (BDiv); Yale Divinity School (Master of Sacred Theology and PhD). He was ordained in the United Church of Christ.

Bob was a member of Hamilton Park United Church of Christ in Lancaster and Saint James Episcopal Church, where his memorial service was held Sept. 11, 2015.


The Rev. Dr. Loyde H. Hartley, homilist

Text - Luke 4:16-21

At the outset of his Galilean ministry, Jesus, using the startling clarity of a reading from Isaiah, announces who he is and what he is doing – he brings good news to the poor, release to the captives, sight for the blind and freedom for the oppressed. Few people in my awareness, perhaps in yours as well, have probed these words more fully or used them more completely to shape his life than has Robert Duff Webber. click here to read more


The Rev. Dr. Carol E. Lytch, remembrance

What comes to mind is a text from the New Testament, Bob’s academic discipline, a passage from Ephesians 4: 12 where it lists the various offices for which God gives gifts. Included in that list is the office of teacher. Bob witnessed to God’s grace in his life through the gifts God gave him to teach. Bob demonstrated utmost integrity in interpreting the scriptures and care and compassion in teaching students. click here to read more