Reverend Maurice Roberts
Maurice Roberts was born in Cheshire in 1938. His father was of Welsh parentage; his mother was an English lady. He was educated at Lymm Grammar School, and took his BA degree at Durham University in Classical languages and Literature, graduating in 1959. He entered the teaching profession and taught for fourteen years in Secondary Education.
He was converted to faith in the Lord Jesus Christ from a non-Christian background in January 1957, partly through the influence of a fellow-student, the late Rev. Gwynfai Jones. Immediately he became involved in the work of the Christian Union. Later through the influence of Reformed preaching he became an avid reader of the great theological works which were just being reprinted at that time. This period of intense reading and study while he was teaching a Consett Grammar School laid a strong foundation for his future work. At this time he came to love and respect the teaching and principles of the Free Church of Scotland.
After his marriage in 1965 he moved to Edinburgh where he was involved in outreach work to the children housed in the Castle Barracks. He also started a Branch of the Evangelical Library in Edinburgh. He was made an Elder in the congregation of St Columba’s. Having moved to West Lothian he started a congregation of the Free Church of Scotland in Whitburn while still teaching in that area.
In 1971 the call to the ministry became so persistent that he took the decision to apply for the ministry of the Free Church of Scotland. For the next two years he studied at the Free Church College and worked part time to support his family. At the end of two years he completed the divinity course and also obtained a BD from the University of London..
His first ministerial charge was in Ayr Free Church where he remained for twenty years. Here it was his happy experience to see the congregation grow substantially and he here helped to start two conferences, which continue to the present day: Ayr Bible Conference and the Scottish Reformed Conference.
Mr Roberts accepted a Call to Inverness Greyfriars in 1994 (having declined a previous call in 1978). This happened at a time when the congregation was in process of relocating from the building in Church Street to their new building on Balloan Road. He remained there for five years until difficulties in the Free Church of Scotland eventually led to the Free Church (Continuing) being formed. Since then he has ministered to that portion of his congregation which adhered to the Free Church (Continuing).
Mr Roberts was editor of the Instructor magazine for a number of years. And later he edited the Banner of Truth magazine from 1988 to 2003. He is the author of a number of devotional books and evangelistic booklets.
Until recently he was involved with others in preparing men in a small seminary in Inverness for the Christian ministry at home and abroad. He instructed the students in Greek and New Testament Studies.
Mr Roberts is married and he and his wife Sandra have a married daughter and two grandchildren, living in Stornoway. He has travelled internationally as a conference speaker. His deepest desire is to see religious revival in the United Kingdom and beyond, believing that this alone will be the solution to the many problems and difficulties that are so visible in both Church and State.