Vaughan Roberts

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Vaughan Roberts
Rector of St Ebbe's Church, Oxford
ChurchChurch of England
DioceseOxford
In office1998–present
PredecessorDavid Fletcher
Orders
Ordination1991 (deacon)
1992 (priest)
Personal details
Birth nameVaughan Edward Roberts
Born (1965-03-17) 17 March 1965 (age 54)
Winchester, Hampshire, United Kingdom
EducationWinchester College
Alma materSelwyn College, Cambridge
Wycliffe Hall, Oxford

Vaughan Edward Roberts (born 17 March 1965) is a Church of England clergyman. Since 1998, he has been the rector of St Ebbe's Church, Oxford. In 2009, he became Director of the Proclamation Trust.

Early life[edit]

Roberts was born on 17 March 1965 in Winchester, Hampshire, UK.[1] He was educated at Winchester College which is an all-boys public school in Winchester.[2]

He studied law at Selwyn College, Cambridge and graduated from the University of Cambridge with a Bachelor of Arts (BA) degree in 1988; as per tradition, his BA was promoted to a Master of Arts (MA (Cantab)) degree in 1991.[3][4] In 1987, he was President of the Cambridge Inter-Collegiate Christian Union.

After graduation, he spent a short time in student ministry in South Africa.[3]. Roberts then moved to Oxford and in 1989 entered Wycliffe Hall, an Anglican theological college.[4] There, he studied theology and undertook training for ordained ministry.[3]

Ordained ministry[edit]

Roberts was ordained in the Church of England as a deacon in 1991 and as a priest in 1992.[4] In 1991, he joined St Ebbe's Church, Oxford, a conservative evangelical church, as a curate under David Fletcher.[3][4] From 1995 to 1998, he was the Student Pastor with special responsibilities for students and student ministry.[3][4] In 1998, when Fletcher retired, Roberts was appointed Rector of St Ebbe's.[4]

Since 2009, Roberts has also been Director of the Proclamation Trust, an evangelical Christian association dedicated to training preachers in expository preaching.[5] He has written a number of Christian books, including Turning Points, Distinctives, Battles Christians Face, True Worship, Life's Big Questions and God's Big Picture (an introduction to Biblical theology).

Views[edit]

In 2017, he was among the initial signatories of the Nashville Statement.[6]

Personal life[edit]

In the fifth anniversary edition of Battles Christians Face a new preface was added in which Roberts acknowledged struggles with unwanted same-sex attraction. He later publicly confirmed this in an interview, adding that he does not define himself as homosexual.[7] He has chosen to remain celibate.[8]

Works[edit]

  • Turning Points (1999: Authentic) ISBN 978-1-85078-336-7
  • True Worship (2002: Authentic) ISBN 978-1-85078-445-6
  • God's Big Picture: Tracing the Storyline of the Bible (2002: Inter-Varsity Press) ISBN 978-0-8308-5364-9
  • Life's Big Questions: Six Major Themes Traced Through the Bible (2004: Inter-Varsity Press) ISBN 978-0-8308-5367-0
  • God's Big Design: Life as He Intends It To Be (2005: Inter-Varsity Press) ISBN 978-0-8308-3343-6
  • Distinctives (2006: Authentic) ISBN 978-1-85078-331-2
  • Battles Christians Face (2007: Authentic) ISBN 978-1-85078-728-0
  • Christmas in Three Words (2007: Inter-Varsity Press) ISBN 978-1-905564-81-1
  • Missing the Point? Finding Our Place in the Turning Points of History (2007: Authentic) ISBN 978-1-85078-763-1
  • True Spirituality: The Challenge of 1 Corinthians for the Twenty-First-Century Church (2011: IVP) ISBN 978-1-84474-518-0
  • Transgender (2016: The Good Book Company) ISBN 978-1-78498-195-2

Co-authored[edit]

  • Workers for the Harvest Field, with Tim Thornborough (2006: The Good Book Company) ISBN 978-1-905564-30-9

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Vaughan Roberts". CricketArchive. Retrieved 12 October 2015.
  2. ^ Stibbe, Mark (2003). "Our Mission in Britain III" (pdf). Anvil. 20 (3): 197–201. Retrieved 12 October 2015.
  3. ^ a b c d e "Vaughan Roberts". St Ebbe's Church, Oxford. Retrieved 12 October 2015.
  4. ^ a b c d e f "Vaughan Edward Roberts". Crockford's Clerical Directory (online ed.). Church House Publishing. Retrieved 18 June 2016.
  5. ^ "The Leadership Team". The Proclamation Trust. Retrieved 12 October 2015.
  6. ^ "Initial Signatories". Nashville Statement. Council on Biblical Manhood and Womanhood. Retrieved 2 September 2017.
  7. ^ Julian Hardyman (October 2012). "A battle I face". Evangelicals Now.
  8. ^ Steffan, Melissa (27 September 2012). "Prominent Oxford Evangelical Vaughan Roberts Reveals Same-Sex Attraction". Christianity Today. Retrieved 12 October 2015.