Bob Anderson – Founder/Chief Executive Officer
When I was just 2 years old my dad and two other brothers lived in a car for a while. My dad knew that we couldn’t do that forever and by God’s grace he found a place to take his 3 boys. My dad dropped us off at a group home ministry where I spent the next twenty years. I had over 65 brothers and sisters during that time as kids would come and go. Although maybe not the perfect family life (but what is?) I am thankful to God for providing for me over the years.
When I graduated from high school I wanted to help teens hit their target in becoming all that they could be in life. I pray that teens will use their talents to love people, serve people and do what God wants them to do. I have been blessed to serve in the local church as a youth pastor for over 20 years.
My goal is to reach teens in the city of Chicago. I believe that if we help the teens of Chicago – we help Chicago. The city has many challenges when it comes to teens. I do not want to be a bystander watching the lives of teens slipping through the cracks. I believe we can have a significant impact on the lives of teens in Chicago.
We will help teens in Chicago with education, vocational training, emotional support and of course spiritual guidance. I believe this will make for a well rounded teen.
God has given me a clear calling to reach teens.
I am blessed to be married to my best friend Heather. God has also given us two amazing daughters. Tori is currently in college and Hailey is in the U.S. Marines. My family is very important to me and I value all the time we get to spend together. .
Contact Bob: email@example.com
Heather Anderson – Assistant to the CEO
I have had the pleasure of working alongside of Bob for over 25 years in student ministry at the local church. I would say that I am more of a behind the scenes ministry worker but love to be an encouragement to all.
I have had the pleasure of working in the fashion industry for many years. I love helping people find the right outfit and feeling good about themselves. I have found that even when I was helping people with clothes I was able to help them in other areas of life as well. I was able to listen to many people talk about life and encourage them in many ways. I will use my business experience and my love for people while serving at Slingshots. I will challenge and encourage teens to take their education seriously and set goals so that they can be successful in life and contribute to the community they live in.
I pray that our marriage will be a good example to the teens of Chicago as we aim to live out our faith in front of them. I pray that God gives me the wisdom to say the words needed as I challenge and mentor teens at Slingshots.
I enjoy reading and shopping with friends and family. I love spending time with my two daughters. My girls who are very different have a very special place in my heart. My two dogs always put a smile on my face when I come home . I also love to spend time with my husband Bob. We enjoy walking together, going to movies and trying new restaurants.
James Owolabi – Assistant Director
James has a desire to impact the life of teens in Chicago. His impact is evident in both the south side and the north side of the city. He will work hard to connect with students and their families. James is an effective communicator in both small and large environments. Along with his role at Slingshots James serves Chicago south side City Life Director with Youth for Christ.
James was born and raised in Nigeria, West Africa, and spent his adult life in Chattanooga, Tampa, Seattle, Chicago and Indianapolis. James earned his B.S. in Pastoral Studies from Tennessee Temple University in 2002, a Master of Ministry in 2005 from Northwest Baptist Seminary. James has worked with teens for two decades in North America and West Africa.
In October of 2015, James moved to the south side of Chicago with the mission to reach teenagers and disciple teenagers.
You can often catch James enjoying deep conversations with his close friends about church leadership, attending conferences, traveling the world, Asian food, reading biographies, and watching documentaries.