J. Robert Clinton

Senior Professor of LeadershipSchool of Intercultural Studies

Contact Information
BEE, Auburn University
MEE, New York University
MABE, Columbia Bible College Graduate School
DMiss, PhD, Fuller Theological Seminary

J. Robert Clinton directed the Leadership concentration in the School of Intercultural Studies from 1981 to 2011 and served as professor of leadership. He modeled and taught the concepts of lifelong leadership development and was involved in mentoring relationships with emerging leaders. In 2010 he received the C. Davis Weyerhaeuser Award for outstanding teacher. Since 2011 Dr. Clinton has been retired. He is currently writing Biblical Leadership Commentaries, and he teaches an occasional class.

Clinton’s extensive publications on leadership development include Focused Lives (1995), Connecting: The Mentoring Relationships You Need to Succeed in Life (1992), and The Making of a Leader (1989). His most recent research and writings have been focused on studying the Bible for leadership findings. He has completed 17 Biblical Leadership Commentaries, including commentaries on 1-2 Timothy, Titus, Philemon, Philippians, John, 1-2 Corinthians, Haggai, Habakkuk, Jonah, Nehemiah, Daniel, 1-2 Samuel, Obadiah, and Acts. Clinton is presently working on other Biblical Leadership Commentaries. Before coming to Fuller, he and his wife, Marilyn, were missionaries with World Team for 11 years with terms in Jamaica and in the home office.

Clinton’s courses—ML534 Value-Based Leadership in the Old Testament, ML536 Value-Based Leadership in the New Testament, ML523 Mentoring, ML530 Lifelong Development, and ML524 Focused Lives—are still being taught online by professors who were mentored by Dr. Clinton.

Courses Taught

  • ML501: Formation of Emerging Leaders
  • ML523: Mentoring
  • ML524: Focused Lives
  • ML530: Lifelong Development
  • ML534: Value-Based Leadership in the Old Testament
  • ML536: Value-Based Leadership in the New Testament
  • ML540: Leadership Training Models

Areas of Expertise, Research, Writing, and Teaching

Leadership, perspectives on leader development, spiritual-gift development, Bible Centered Leadership, mentoring, leadership training models design

Additional Information

Dr. Clinton’s website

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