Staff Bio: Bob Vander Plaats

Bob_TFLPresident and CEO, The FAMiLY LEADER

Bob Vander Plaats is President and CEO of The FAMiLY LEADER. His passionate leadership for the betterment of America’s family has earned The FAMiLY LEADER the 2010 “Family Champion” award presented by CitizenLink, an affiliation of Focus on the Family.

His leadership and voice for the family is frequently noted and his comments are widely requested by a vast array of national and international media outlets. The Wall Street Journal, Fox News, and many others have referenced Bob as, “Kingmaker,” while Bob prefers the designation of “Standard Bearer.”

Bob is author of Light from Lucas, a true story of how God uses the weakest among us to have the greatest impact. The book gives a poignant account of Bob’s son, Lucas, who although severely disabled at birth, offers important life-changing lessons. Light from Lucas is a Barnes and Noble “Recommended Read” and has earned the authentic “Chuck Norris Approved” seal.” Learn more at

In addition to being an author, Bob is a highly sought after speaker. His passion to make a difference is contagious and his insight intriguing as he weaves lessons from his various experiences and leadership successes in education, in health care and human services, in politics, in business and in ministry.

Bob’s most recent book, If 7:14…An Urgent Call for Revival…It’s Time, is an urgent and compelling call to revival based upon 2 Chronicles 7:14, a passage that gives God’s people a glimpse of His heart and a template for revival. Visit

Bob received his Master’s and Specialist’s Degrees from Drake University in Educational Leadership.  He is a recipient of Northwestern College’s (Iowa) “Distinguished Alumni” in the area of professional achievement.

Bob and his wife, Darla, recently celebrated 30 years of marriage and are blessed with four sons.

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Bob & Darla Vander Plaats







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