Vaughan Roberts

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The Reverend Canon
Vaughan Roberts
Rector of St Ebbe's Church, Oxford
Church Church of England
Diocese Diocese of Oxford
In office 1998–present
Predecessor David Fletcher
Ordination 1991 (deacon)
1992 (priest)
Personal details
Birth name Vaughan Edward Roberts
Born (1965-03-17) 17 March 1965 (age 52)
Winchester, Hampshire, United Kingdom
Education Winchester College
Alma mater Selwyn 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, 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] He 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).

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.[6] He has chosen to remain celibate.[7]




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  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.  (subscription required)
  5. ^ "The Leadership Team". The Proclamation Trust. Retrieved 12 October 2015. 
  6. ^ Julian Hardyman (October 2012). "A battle I face". Evangelicals Now. 
  7. ^ Steffan, Melissa (27 September 2012). "Prominent Oxford Evangelical Vaughan Roberts Reveals Same-Sex Attraction". Christianity Today. Retrieved 12 October 2015.