Robert A. Seiple
Robert A. Seiple is an ambassador for international religious freedom, retired. He previously served as president and CEO of Council of America's First Freedom. He was also founder and chairman of the board of the Institute for Global Engagement and has spent much of his career fashioning humanitarian solutions that endure. Prior to founding Global Engagement, he spent two years in the State Department as the U.S. Ambassador-at-Large for International Religious Freedom. Previously, he served for eleven years as the president of World Vision, Inc., and for four years as president of Eastern College and Eastern Baptist Theological Seminary (now Palmer Theological Seminary). After graduating from Brown University in 1965, Seiple served in the U.S. Marine Corps attaining the rank of Captain; flying 300 combat missions in Vietnam; and earning five Battle Stars, the Navy Commendation Award with Combat 'V,' 28 Air Medals and the Distinguished Flying Cross. More recently, he was awarded a Doctorate of Public Service by Gordon College (one of eight honorary degrees he has received), the 1994 "Churchman of the Year" Award from Religious Heritage America, the 1995 "Independent Award" from Brown University, and the U. S. Secretary of State's Distinguished Public Service Award. He is the author of A Missing Peace and Ambassadors of Hope.