Dr. Robert Beatty, Lt. Col. USA Ret.

Highlights of Dr. Robert Beatty's distinguished military career include:

  • Commissioned as a Distinguished Military ROTC Graduate and commissioned into the Regular Army in June 1957. After attending the Signal Officer Basic Course at Fort Monmouth, N.J., he was assigned to the 124th Signal Battalion, 4th Infantry Division at Fort Lewis, Wash. This was followed by paratrooper training.
  • In 1959, 1st Lt. Beatty was reassigned to Allied Land Forces Central Europe (NATO) in Fountainbleau, France, where he served as officer-in-charge of a NATO Communications Cetner.
  • In 1962, he returned to CONUS as a captain and attended the Infantry Officer Career Course and the Nuclear Weapons Employment Officer Course at Fort Benning, Ga. He then was assigned to the Signal School, where he taught tactical signal communications doctrine to officers in the Signal Officer Career Course.
  • In 1964, he was deployed to Vietnam, where he served with MACV as the division signal advisor to the ARVN 9th Infantry Division.
  • He then returned to the Signal School for another 18-month tour before reporting to the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College as a major. Upon graduation in 1968, Major Beatty redeployed to Vietnam and served with the 2nd Field Force in Saigon in an organization know as Capitol Military Assistance Command (CMAC), an un-numbered provisional division, whose mission was to stop the rocket attacks on Saigon. He was the assistant division signal officer.
  • In 1969, he returned to CONUS and was promoted to Lt. Col.
  • In 1973, he was reassigned to Germany and took command of the 1st Signal Battalion, one of the three battalions in 7th Signal Brigade. After his 18-month command assignment, he was reassigned to another NATO command, Central Army Group (CENTAG), as the executive officer to the assistant chief of staff for communications and electronics.
  • In 1977, he returned to CONUS for the terminal assignment in the Pentagon as a logistics signal staff officer in the office of the deputy chief of staff for logistics. He retired in September 1980 after having served more than 23 years of active duty.

Dr. Beatty's formal education began at Northeastern University in Boston, where he earned his bachelor of arts degree in economics. He subsequently earned a master of business administration in management from Fairleigh Dickinson University in Rutherford, N.J. His theological education includes both a master of divinity in pastoral ministries and a master of arts in Bible from Columbia Biblical Seminary, which is part of Columbia International University. Additionally, he has earned a doctor of ministry degree in the specialty area of Christian organizational development from Fuller Theological Seminary in Pasadena, Calif. His doctoral dissertation was titled "Business Ethics and the Christian Enterprise: A Call to Ethical Review."

Dr. Beatty served as an associate professor and chairman ofthe management department at Trinity International University, South Florida Campus for 12 years. He continues to serve as the coordinator of the master of arts in religion program, offered by Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, as well as teaching Bible and pastoral ministry courses at Calvary Chapel Bible Institute in Fort Lauderdale. He came to Miami over 16 years ago after serving on the faculty and staff of Columbia Bible College and Seminary in Columbia, S.C., for six years in the field of adult distance education.

Dr. Beatty is an ordained minister with eight years' experience as a part-time prison chaplain with the South Carolina Department of Corrections. He travels frequently to the country of Moldova in southeastern Europe, where he is a lecturer on pastoral ministry and leadership courses to pastors in training.

He is married to the former Carolyn P. Caton of Quincy, Mass. He and his wife of more than 47 years have four children and five grandchildren.