Rev. Dr. Joseph L. Roberts

Dr. Roberts has served as the senior pastor of the Historic Ebenezer Baptist church in Atlanta, Georgia for over 27 years. A visionary and gifted leader, he uses his exceptional skills in addressing major issues of our time, creating an awareness in others, sensitizing them to act in meeting the challenges of today. Dr. Roberts delivers messages which stimulate the mind, are thought provoking and get to the heart of the matter.They cause one to think deeply and act compassionately. It is with this type of leadership that Ebenezer continues to be a strong voice for the oppressed and an advocate for justice. Dr Roberts is a native of Chicago where he received his formative education in the public school system. He graduated cum laude from Knoxville College. His master of Divinity was received from Union Theological Seminary in New York City and his master of Theology degree from Princeton Theological Seminary. Prior to coming to Ebenezer, he worked in various administrative positions in the Presbyterian Church, U.S., and was pastor of Weequahic Presbyterian Church and Elmwood United Presbyterian Church in New Jersey. He is the recipient of numerous honors from civic, social, and religious organizations. He has been listed in Ebony Magazine as an Outstanding clergy person. He is also the recipient of five honorary Doctor of Divinity degrees. He serves on several boards and committees both locally and nationally.