Rob Ribbe, Ph.D.

Director of Honey Rock; Assistant Professor of Christian Formation & Ministry
On Faculty since 1990

Phone: (715)479-7474 x 204


  • Ph.D. in Education, Biola University, 2011
  • M.A. in Educational Ministries, Wheaton College, 1990
  • B.S. in Exercise Science, Wheaton College, 1987

About Rob Ribbe

I grew up in Grand Rapids, Michigan, and graduated from Wheaton College in 1987 with a degree in Physical Education/Exercise Physiology. I am married to Jackie, a 1990 Sociology graduate from Wheaton, and we have four kids: Jacob, Ben, Eli, and Grace. All of my children have deeply benefited from their times as HoneyRock campers. I serve as the Director of HoneyRock.

I grew up in a Christian home and have known and followed the Lord for as long as I can remember. There were crucial experiences and relationships in my life, many of which happened at camps, in which my understanding and love for the Lord were deepened and grew. The most critical contributors to my growth in Christ have been relationships with older, wiser believers, being a husband and dad, and involvement in the ministry of the Church. Being a husband and dad is one of God's greatest blessings in my life.

I love working at HoneyRock and Wheaton College because my passion is to develop leaders for the Church worldwide. I love to see young people and emerging adults recognize God's creative touch on their lives and discover how He has gifted and called them to be part of His work in the world. I love to see students and campers grow in character and commitment through working together with others to overcome challenges and build authentic communities. The natural setting of HoneyRock is a great place for this to happen, free from the noise, distractions and busyness of the suburban and urban world.

Courses Taught

  • CFM 564 Adventure Challenge Education
  • CFM 512 Bible in Ministry
  • CFM 662 Theology and Practice of Outdoor Adventure Leadership
  • CFM 663 Leadership Development in Outdoor Adventure Leadership

Membership in Professional Societies

  • Christian Camp and Conference Association, Educational Steering Committee


I specialize in the following areas of research:

  • Transition to College
  • Adventure-based Orientation Programs
  • Role of Experiential Education in Higher Education
  • Theological Philosophical Foundations of Camp Ministry

Selected Publications

  • CCCA bi-monthly journal (regular contributor)

Select Presentations

  • Christian Camp and Conference Association National Conferences in U.S.A., India, and Russia (2012-present)
  • Regional CCCA Conferences

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