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Remembering President Spence

Robert H. Spence (1935-2020)

“Well done, good and faithful servant! You have been faithful with a few things; I will put you in charge of many things. Come and share your master’s happiness!” – Matthew 25:23

Here’s the video of the Feb. 23, 2020, memorial service for Dr. Robert H. Spence. The program can be found here.

Evangel University President Dr. Carol A. Taylor announced that Dr. Robert H. Spence, Evangel’s third president, passed away peacefully Feb. 19, 2020, from the stroke he suffered the previous weekend. He was surrounded by his family as he passed into the arms of our Lord and Savior.

  • Obituary of Robert H. Spence: Click here for his full obituary.
  • Sending cards and messages: If you wish to send cards to the family you may mail them to Evangel University Office of the President at 1111 N. Glenstone Ave., Springfield, MO 65802, and they will be delivered to the family. You can email comments that will be sent to the family and posted here via this link.
  • In lieu of flowers: The family has requested contributions to the Robert H. Spence Evangel University Memorial Fund. You can give via this link.
  • Many tributes to Dr. Spence have poured in and press coverage has also come in. You can see a selection of them here.

President Taylor said the family had asked her to extend its gratitude for all the love and support it had received. She asked the family to continue to pray for the Spence family, especially Dr. Spence’s beloved wife, Anne. President Taylor said that Dr. Spence lived his life with great integrity and dignity in service of the King of Kings, adding that his service to Evangel and Springfield could not be overstated. She said that while we mourn his passing, we should also remember that he is now rejoicing with our Lord and Savior.