Pastor Robyn was born in Eastern Iowa and grew up primarily in the Chicago suburb of Naperville, IL. After graduating from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio, she taught high school economics and government in Bakersfield, CA. She moved to Berkeley, CA in 1993 to attend Pacific Lutheran Theological Seminary. During her four-year program, she completed a year-long internship at Redeemer Lutheran Church in Portland.
Following seminary, she served as director of Learn ASAP (After School Academic Program) in Richmond, CA, which offered support to Southeast Asian Refugee children and their families. Pastor Robyn was ordained at Lutheran Church of Our Redeemer in Sacramento, CA on January 3, 1999, where she served as the congregation's solo pastor until July of 2007. After moving back to Portland, she was invited to serve in an interim administrative position in the Bishop's office of the Oregon Synod. She was called to St. Andrew Lutheran Church and began serving as three-quarter time associate pastor in December, 2008. Her other part-time work is with a leadership development effort called EcoFaith Recovery where she serves as Pastor/Organizer.
Pastor Robyn is married to Pastor Janet Parker who serves as senior pastor of First Congregational United Church of Christ in Salem, Oregon. In her free time, Pastor Robyn enjoys hiking, drumming, dancing and spending time with her young niece and nephew. In 2016, she is excited to explore deeper connections with the Taiwan Lutheran Church that also worships at St. Andrew as she and Janet travel to Taiwan with the pastor and one other member of the Portland Taiwan Lutheran Church.