Bob came to know Christ as his Saviour and Lord through the ministry of Harvey Teulon and the Crusader movement, and while a student he attended the Bible Class on Sunday afternoons at St. Martin’s, Spreydon in the late forties and early fifties. He went on to have a Bible teaching ministry in Tanzania and New Zealand, after ordination and a curacy under Harry Thomson at Wooston in 1959.
From 1960-65 the Rev. Bob Glen served with NZCMS in the Diocese of Victoria Nyanza in Tanzania, under the leadership of Bishop Max Wiggins, also from Christchurch. After his marriage to Marian they were mainly at St Philip’s Theological College in Kongwa from 1965-73 with their children Mary, Jennifer and Robyn, where Bob was the Principal. Bob also compiled a Church History Atlas with a special focus on East Africa and wrote several Swahili textbooks for the same subject.
On returning to New Zealand the family lived in Christchurch, before moving to Henderson for Bob to teach at the Bible College of New Zealand (now Laidlaw College) from 1975 until retirement. While there Bob edited Mission & Moko, a book about missionary events in New Zealand. The Glens were at a theological college in Singapore from 1995-97.
Bob became an honorary life member in 2008, served on the NZCMS Council and was Vice President from 2002 – 2004.
The following excerpt from his End of Service letter from NZCMS in 1973 captures something of Bob's character and personality: “Mr Glen will be especially remembered for the quality of his teaching, for his literary contributions to the Church in East Africa, for his love of orderliness and his care of properties, and for his sparkling wit and sound judgement.”
He passed away peacefully on Saturday 19 August with his family. His funeral will be held Monday 28 August at 11am at St Michael’s and All Angels Church, 425 Great North Road, Henderson, Auckland.