About Robin and Paul Pennington
Paul is President of Hope for Orphans, and his wife, Robin, is Director of Family Relations. Paul and Robin co-founded Hope for Orphans in 2001, before merging with FamilyLife/CRU in 2003. In 2014, Hope for Orphans became an independent 501(c)3 based in Austin, Texas.
Paul and Robin have been married since 1978. They came to ministry through the experience of adopting five of their six children. When Paul went to Korea in 1994 to adopt their son Ethan, he had a life-changing experience beyond adoption, and he realized that God was calling him and Robin to be engaged in serving the Church in gospel-driven orphan ministry.
Paul has been the co-author and host for several sought-after resources in adoption and orphan ministry. He also led the launch and development of The Christian Alliance for Orphans (CAFO). Paul and Robin are excited about how orphan ministry is now a key component globally in completing the Great Commission among unreached people groups.
Robin has worked with countless at-risk families experiencing the disruption of their adoptions, along with the families receiving children from disrupted adoptions. She is passionate about working with HFO’s local church networks to see how the Body of Christ can come along side both families of at-risk children and families in crisis. She has seen God work miracles to provide families for children in crisis, as well as learned much about those families at-risk for crisis. Robin was the co-presenter of research presented at the National Council for Adoption conference around the topic of why adoptive families disrupt. Robin is confident that her highest calling is to be a faithful follower of Jesus and a loving wife, mother, and grandmother.
Paul and Robin love their church, the Austin Stone Community Church, and live outside Austin, Texas.