Robert Reese was born and raised in Zimbabwe, Africa, the son and grandson of American missionaries. He and his wife, Mari-Etta, were later missionaries there for more than twenty years. He holds an M.A. in Missiology from Fuller Theological Seminary in Pasadena, California, and a Ph.D. in Missions from Mid-America Baptist Theological Seminary in Memphis, Tennessee. He is currently Associate Professor of Cross-Cultural Ministry at Mid-Atlantic Christian University in Elizabeth City, North Carolina.