October 28, 2011
Dr. Phil Roberts, president of Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, will present the 2011 fall Hobbs Lecture Wednesday, Nov. 2, at 10 a.m. in Raley Chapel’s Potter Auditorium. The public is invited to attend.
The Hobbs Lecture is one of four OBU lectureships designed to help students grow in their knowledge of Baptist theology, Baptist history and studies of the Bible. The lecture will continue OBU’s annual chapel theme, “The Pursuit of God: The Human Thirst for the Divine,” based on the book by Christian author A.W. Tozer.
Midwestern Seminary trustees unanimously elected Roberts as the fourth president of the Kansas City-based Southern Baptist seminary in Jan. 2001. Roberts told trustees he accepted the position “as a trust from God, the Southern Baptist Convention and from you.”
Since arriving at the seminary, Roberts has overseen steady growth in the student population, assembled a top-tier faculty, launched Midwestern Baptist College, implemented a doctor of philosophy program, and expanded the school’s campus by purchasing the Koehn-Myers building, constructing housing facilities and renovating many of the campus’ existing buildings.
Roberts began his duties in Feb. 2001, after a seven-year tenure with the North American Mission Board, where he served as vice president for the Strategic Cities Strategies Group.
He has broad experience in training ministerial students. As director of the Interfaith Evangelism Department of the North American Mission Board, and later as vice president for urban evangelism and church planting, Roberts often taught seminary students to understand the perspective of other religious groups to witness more effectively. He served as professor of missions and evangelism at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary from 1990-94 and co-directed the Lewis Drummond Center for Great Commission Studies.
In addition to serving as pastor of international churches in England, Germany and Belgium, Roberts has extensive experience leading and teaching evangelism and discipleship courses throughout Europe. He serves on the board of trustees for two European theological institutes.
Roberts earned his bachelor’s degree from Georgetown College in Georgetown, Ky., and his master’s degree from Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Ky. He earned his doctorate from the Free University of Amsterdam and conducted post-graduate research at Oxford University.
He is the author of several books, including “Mormonism Unmasked” and “The Counterfeit Gospel of Mormonism,” as well as having served as executive director of “The Mormon Puzzle” and “The Cross and the Crescent” interfaith videos. He has also contributed to numerous theological journals, opinion pages and Christian publications. In April 2010, he was elected as president of the International Society of Christian Apologetics.
Roberts and his wife, Anna, have two children, Naomi and Mark.
The Herschel H. and Frances J. Hobbs Lectureship in Baptist Faith and Heritage was OBU's first endowed lectureship beginning in the fall of 1980. The Hobbs Lectureship program annually sponsors a lecture at OBU and highlights speakers that share phases of Baptist faith and heritage with the OBU community.