Dr. John Robertson McQuilkin

September 7, 1927June 2, 2016

COLUMBIA - John Robertson McQuilkin was born September 7, 1927 in Columbia and died June 2, 2016 in Columbia. Robertson McQuilkin was educated at University High School and Ben Lippen School, Columbia Bible College and Fuller Seminary in California. Upon graduating from seminary, he taught for two years at Columbia Bible College, and then became headmaster of Ben Lippen School in Asheville, NC. Five years later, he, his wife, Muriel, and their four children moved to Japan. For 12 years he planted five churches, winning people to faith in Jesus Christ. While in Japan he also served as interim president of Japan Christian College. In 1968, he was called back to Columbia Bible College and Seminary to serve as president for 22 years. During that time enrollment doubled, radio station WMHK was founded and Ben Lippen School was moved from Asheville to Columbia. In 1990, Robertson resigned the presidency to care for his first wife who was in the advanced stages of early onset Alzheimer’s disease. While he cared for her for an additional 13 years, he continued writing journal articles, books and preaching worldwide. Nearly all of his books are still in print. Muriel died in 2003, and in 2005, Robertson married his second wife, Deb. Robertson is survived by his wife, Deb; children, Mardi McCabe (Dennis), David McQuilkin (Delores), Jan Fulks (Terry), Janathan and Kimberly Grace (Kent McQuilkin), Amy Barber (Ron); stepchildren, Cary Ramsay (Jeff), Christy Sink and Jason Hargenrader, Jan Cruz (Brad), and David Sink; sister, Anne Priest; 11 grandchildren; and 3 great-grandchildren. One son, Robert, died in 1988 in a diving accident. The family will receive visitors at Dunbar Funeral Home on Devine Street, Friday, June 3, 2016 from 5-7:00 p.m. A memorial service will be held at Shortess Chapel on the campus of Columbia International University Saturday at 2:00 p.m. Donations in his memory may be made to Columbia International University for the Robertson McQuilkin Memorial Fund.


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Tan Ming Ju

October 11, 2020

Years later, his life continues to inspire many. We have never met him but "know" him through the testimonies shared about him, his books and his decision to adhere to his wedding vow. We pray all men love their wives as "Christ loves the church" and are inspired by him to love their spouses.

Elizabeth Fagerstrom

January 8, 2019

Saw a large sign at a Christian retirement park in Sebring, Florida today announcing a forthcoming speaker, Anthony Mcquilken. It made me wonder if it could be the son or grandson of Robertson. I had met Dr. McQuilken years ago when I was secretary to Dr. Allan C. Emery, Jr. with the BGEA. Just curious.

A Morgan

August 31, 2016

Please accept my sympathy for the loss of your loved one. May you find peace in happy memories and comfort in God's promise to rid the earth of sickness and death forever.

Frank Palcic

June 17, 2016

I first met Dr. McQuilken at Urbana '79. I was looking for a seminary that was special. When I spoke with Dr. McQuilken, well, he spoke of God's word and missions like a father would a son. I immediately knew which seminary I wanted to attend. The genuineness of Dr. McQuilken was carried over in the professors and staff at CIU. I am grateful for having the opportunity to have known him, if ever so briefly.

June 17, 2016

I was a former student at CIU in 72-74, i will always remember Dr. McQuilkin's teaching and godly life. Praying for the family.
Rev.Larry mcEntire '74

Betty Fagerstrom

June 7, 2016

I met Dr. and Mrs. McQuilkin at Allan and Marian Emery's place in Boca Raton back in the '80s and he was a dear man, beginning to care for his wife. Dr. McQuilkin's book, 'A Promise Kept' was a book that I passed along to several friends. A real blessing.

Ginnie Noell Elliott

June 5, 2016

To all the family of Robertson,

Out in the mountains of Northern Idaho, I had a memorial for Roberston all alone on Satuday, June 4, 2016. He had been out here a few times and we exchanged a few letters, using the cards that came from India that were raising funds.

In 1985, when my husband and I wanted desperately to go overseas, God gave us a son who kept us in the US. Surgery after surgery, new diagnosis upon new diagnosis in that spring. I was in Portland and knew few people well.

I called CIU one Wednesday a.m. knowing it was prayer chapel. I was going to ask the Switch Board Receptionist to put it on the prayer sheet. She said "Just a minute."

Then I was put through to Robertson. I was in shock and awe. It was like going to the throne of Heaven, to the throne of Grace. This very busy, important man, who had many things on his mind that day, took time for me. He had time for me. Not too busy.

That was the beginning of a friendship through pain, which continued until Frank Noell's passing.

I felt it best to withdraw a bit.

Your dad, husband, grandpa, uncle, great grandpa took time for the "least of these."

Ginnie Noell Elliott

Rhett and Virginia Sanders

June 5, 2016

Wonderful memories of this faithful servant of God -- our friend.

Wanda Emery Potts and Emery Family

June 4, 2016

Our community loves the McQuilken family and all are thinking of you and our memories at this time. Mr. McQuilken made a great impact on so many and led so many to know God and Jesus. God continues to bless your family, and know too that you have many friends here for support forever. Jan, remembering you at yhis time.

Sunny C John

June 4, 2016

Dr McQuilkin has been a valuable friend of Jubilee Memorial Bible College (JMBC), Chennai INDIA. He was instrumental in motivating his friend, P T Chandapilla to start this missionary Bible College in 1987. We are grateful to the Lord for our staunch and constant prayer partner throughout the past 30 years. I vividly remember my visit to his home in 2015 April and his passionate enquiry about the details of JMBC. A great man of God who was a missionary statesman in his life, is and will certainly be a challenge for those who strive to follow the Great Commision, even if he has departed us.
Rev Dr Sunny C John, Principal- JMBC