Sherpa Legend — Duffy & Maggie Robbins

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When we think about legendary youth speakers, Duffy Robbins is one of the first people to come to mind. He has been challenging, inspiring, and entertaining students for over 40 years. His warm style and quick wit has influenced many generations of students and youth workers.

In addition to being a sought-after conference speaker, Duffy served for many years as Professor of Youth Ministries at Eastern University near Philadelphia, as well as a key member of the Youth Specialties speaking team. Recently, he and Maggie moved to the western part of Pennsylvania to take a similar position at Grove City College (Steve’s Alma Mater). Following the raising of their two daughters, Maggie pursued her passion by becoming a Spiritual Director, and each year brings her special gift to the Youth Specialties Conference.

Despite some confusion during the interview, we were able to determine they’ve been married somewhere between 42 and 48 years!

For the official resume, Duffy has his D.Min. in Youth and Family Ministry from Fuller Theological Seminary, and is the author of numerous books including Ministry of Nurture, This Way to Youth Ministry: An Introduction to the AdventureSpeaking to Teenagers (which he co-wrote with Doug Fields), Youth Ministry Nuts and Bolts and Enjoy the Silence (which he co-wrote with Maggie). Duffy also teaches in the D-Min program at Gordon-Conwell Seminary and serves as associate staff member with the Center for Parent-Youth Understanding (CPYU).

We were blessed to spend time with Duffy and Maggie for a live session at the National Youth Workers Convention in Tampa. Our time was short, but rich. We can’t wait to talk to them again.

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