Robbi was born in Denver and raised in Salt Lake City, and came to know the Lord as her Savior at a young age. She was very active in the little Baptist Church in Salt Lake and felt like a missionary in training. When she graduated from high school she headed to California to attend Western Baptist Bible College.
Although Robbi felt led to be a missionary, she began to realize God was calling her to be a teacher. She taught first through third grade for many years in many places. One place was in Germany on a military base, where she met Mel. They were married a year later, moved to San Jose, and became members at Bridges in 1971. They have two children and seven grandchildren, who are some of their greatest blessings. Robbi taught at Bridges for many years and was Director of Women’s Ministries for many more years.