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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Robert J. Hastings  

Pen Name: None

Genre: C:ADULT C:CHILD Fiction

Born: 1924


Illinois Connection

Hastings is a native of Marion. He also lived in Carbondale and Springfield.

Biographical and Professional Information

Robert Hastings was an ordained Baptist Minister who wrote books about his boyhood during the Great Depression. He was the editor of the Illinois Baptist news journal from 1967 until his retirement in 1984.

A former president of the Southern Baptist Press Association, he authored more than 15 books, including "A Nickel's Worth of Skim Milk" about his boyhood in southern Illinois during the Depression, which received an Illinois State Historical Society award of merit in 1973; a 160-page manual, "How I Write;" "Tinyburg Tales" and "Tinyburg Revisited;" and "Samuel: The Amish Boy Who Lived," about an Amish couple's eight-week beside vigil at their critically injured son's bedside.

In ministry, he was the first pastor of University Baptist Church in Carbondale, Illinois, serving there from 1950-55 and from 1965 until being named editor of the Illinois Baptist.

Before assuming his Illinois editor's role, Hastings was secretary of the Kentucky Baptist Convention's department of stewardship promotion, 1960-65, and assistant director of church finance at the Southern Baptist Convention Executive Committee, Nashville, Tenn., 1955-60.

He was a graduate of Southern Illinois University, Carbondale, who later earned a doctor of theology degree from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, Fort Worth, Texas.

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Titles At Your Library


-- """A Nickel's Worth of Skim Milk""" *Award of Merit, State Historical Society, 1973 """Samuel""" *Writer of the Year, Lincoln Library in Springfield, 1997