Reverend Robert Pardon was born and raised in Detroit, Michigan. There he attended the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor and graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Religious Studies.
Reverend Pardon did his theological and professional training at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary in Hamilton, Massachusetts. Upon graduating from Gordon-Conwell with a Master of Divinity degree (M.Div.), he pastored a church in Middleboro, Massachusetts for eight years.
He continued his theological education at Princeton Theological Seminary where he graduated with a Masters in Theology (Th.M.) with a concentration in ethics, and upon graduation pastored a church in Watertown, Massachusetts for seven years.
Currently he serves as executive director of The New England Institute of Religious Research, founded in 1991, a 501(c)(3) religious non-profit organization designed to understand the various belief systems around the United States. He frequently is called upon to educate others about such systems and those who adhere to them. He also receives calls from many foreign countries simply requesting information about groups that are both mainstreamed in society, as well as those relatively unknown to the larger community. Currently, he speaks throughout the country on cults in general, and many groups specifically, at national conferences, Churches, secular organizations, etc. He works with families who have lost children to these groups, runs support groups for those who have left, conducts extensive research, provide seminars, works with law enforcement when requested, and child protection services in many States.
He recently served as Guardian Ad Litem for the Juvenile Court in Attleboro, MA regarding fourteen children removed from a destructive cult by the Department of Social Services.
The past five years he has specialized in religious, communal groups, many of them destructive. These have included The Twelve Tribes (international group), The Family of Love (international group), The Kingdom of Yah (Tennessee), The Community of Jesus (Massachusetts), The Brethren (national group), The Body of Christ (Massachusetts).
He has worked with and/or appeared on 48 Hours, Dateline, EXTRA, CNN, Early Show with Bryant Gumble, Today Show, Good Morning America, Inside Edition, PBS, Chronicle and numerous local television stations and cable outlets. He is also in the process of opening a transitional home (Meadow Haven) designed to provide a safe, healing environment for those who leave such groups.
He currently lives with his family on the south shore of Massachusetts.
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