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Robinson retires from Cottage Hill after 31 years comment (0)

December 19, 2013

By Neisha Fuson

Robinson retires from Cottage Hill after 31 years

After serving 31 years at Cottage Hill Baptist Church, Mobile, Jim Robinson retired Nov. 3 from his role as associate pastor in children’s ministry. 

A native of West Virginia, Robinson graduated from Marshall University in Huntington, W.Va., with a degree in music education. It wasn’t until he was asked to serve as summer youth director at First Baptist Church, South Charleston, W.Va., that he recognized his love for children and felt called into children’s ministry.

He earned a degree from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Fort Worth, Texas, and then served in the preschool and day care ministry at two churches in Texas.

In 1982, Robinson joined the staff at Cottage Hill Baptist and has served in different roles in the children’s ministries department since then. 

Robinson also uses a unique skill in aluminum wire sculpting as a form of ministry. Robinson’s father, James, was trained in WWII to work with wiring in electrical work. After the war, James Robinson began to “play” with aluminum wire and made a “Merry Christmas” tabletop display. He began to perfect his alphabet and would bend wire into names and began to make angels as well. 

While on vacation with his family, Jim Robinson asked his father if he would teach him how to make an angel.

“The first few angels I made were a wreck,” Jim Robinson said. “Now I’ve been doing it about 15 years and whenever I make a hospital visit I make an angel or the words ‘God loves you.’”

Cottage Hill held a celebration Nov. 3 for Jim Robinson. He said several friends and people who had been in the hospital in the past attended the celebration and told him they still had their angels. 

“God uses a little skill I have to bless others,” Jim Robinson said of the wire creations.

Robinson and his wife, Cindy, have three children and six grandchildren. They will retire to West Virginia. 

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