Bob was born in Murdo, South Dakota, and grew up there, the eldest of 5 children. He is married to his college sweetheart, Ruthie; and they have two sons, Bob and Jeff. Bob Jr. is presently Senior Pastor of Coram Deo Church in Omaha, NE. Jeff is the Senior Pastor at Northwest Bible Church in Tucson, AZ. The Thunes are blessed to have 7 grandchildren.
Bob graduated from Biola University in Southern California, in 1969, after which he attended Talbot Seminary, receiving his Master of Divinity in Practical Theology in 1972.
In ministry for 44 years, Pastor Bob’s first pastorate was the Evangelical Free Church in Huntington Beach, CA where he served as Senior Pastor from 1972 to 1982. The church grew under his leadership from one to five staff members and from 190 to 550 attendees. In August of 1982, Bob accepted a call as Senior Pastor of Christ Community Church (formerly known as the Omaha Gospel Tabernacle) in Omaha, Nebraska. Under Pastor Bob’s leadership for 22 years, the church grew from 900 to 2700 in Sunday ministry. Then, it was back to southern California to pastor Southwest Community Church in Indian Wells, a church that fluctuates a lot due to the intense heat in the summer and the “snowbird factor” in the winter. Attendance on Sunday mornings ranged from 2,500 to 4,500.
After 7 years at Southwest, Bob became the Lead Pastor at what was then First Evangelical Free Church, now GracePoint Church, in Bismarck, ND, a church that ranges from 400-500 in worship, 600-700 in total attendance.
Ruthie was born and raised in California, except for a 6 year period in Kalamazoo, Michigan. Her father was a pastor, and she is the middle child of five—two girls and three boys all of whom are or have been pastors. Ruthie’s life revolves around her home, family, and church. She loves to use her home as a venue for ministry.
Pastor Bob enjoys spending time with kids and grandkids; and his leisure pursuits include motorcycling and golf.