Rob duff - dublin, ireland
I was lucky enough to be born in Dublin and raised in its suburbs by parents who knew and loved the Lord and cultivated that same heart in me. I've been married to Patrice for 12 years and have been blessed by God with one incredible daughter, Penny who is 4 years old and makes me laugh every day.
While at college studying engineering, I started attending a new church plant in Dublin City that would go on to become Liberty Church. I quickly got involved in everything I could and in 2004 I was invited onto the eldership team. I left my career as an engineer a couple of years later to work full time for Liberty Church in the role of assistant pastor where I remained for the next 7 years, completing a Masters Degree in Missional Leadership along the way.
In 2013, we planted our first daughter church in the Dublin suburb of Bray and my wife Patrice and I took on the adventure of pastoring this new church plant, taking what we'd learned in the city and applying it in a new community. It's been great! Since then we have planted a third church in an area of Dublin called Clondalkin and our hope is to continue to plant life-giving, gospel-centered churches throughout Dublin.
I really feel God's timing in this opportunity to participate in the international intensive. The last few years of church planting have been crazy (in a good way!) and the chance to take some time to think through how to plant effective churches into the future as well as to learn from people who've already done so is a Godsend!