Bob Minton, a 50 year member of FPC, saw the need to fix the cracked glass over the doors and thought he might be able to replace it with something beautiful. So he went to work and created Jesus in the Garden in the spring of 2003 and Jesus with the Children in the fall of the same year. Bob had been working with stained glass since 1976, when he needed to replace a window in his home where an air conditioner had been.
Bob learned to work with stained glass first from Ed Kinnamon and then from Dave Dickey at Touch of Glass. Bob has made stained glass panels for windows and doors, mirrors, lamps, and many sun catchers for windows. Each year, Bob designs a new Christmas angel, which he gives as gifts. Bob made the FPC windows in memoriam to Ben and Lucille Minton and Gerald and Rebecca Whitton (his and wife Scarlett’s parents).
Bob is a retired science teacher, teaching for 38 years; 34 years at Noblesville Middle School. Bob taught a stained glass enhancement class to students on his team his last few years of teaching. Bob graduated in 1955 from Paoli High School and attended Purdue University receiving a BS in Vocational Agriculture in 1960. He attended Syracuse University in Syracuse, New York, on a National Science Foundation Grant. He received his MS degree in Science in 1965.
Bob has served as a deacon and an elder at FPC. He is husband to Scarlett, father of 4 children, and has seven grandchildren and 5 great grandchildren. During the winter months Bob can be found in his work shop at home creating stained glass pieces.
The next time you are in the sanctuary, take a look at these beautiful windows. FPC is very blessed to have such talented members of our church family. Thank you Bob!