Reverend Peter Roberts
Peter Roberts was born in Birmingham, England. Before he was four he had lived in England, the North of Ireland, Scotland and the United States.
He attend Downers Grove Community South in suburban Chicago. Afterwards he attended Northern Illinois University at DeKalb where he gained a degree in History and Philosophy.
After graduation he returned to England where he worked at organizing youth doing voluntary work in the community and as an archivist at a National Trust Property in Lancashire.
He then attended theological college at the College of the Resurrection (Mirfield, West Yorkshire) which is run by Community of the Resurrection and is the last Anglican training program in a monastic environment. At that time he earned a degree in Theology and Religious Studies from the University of Leeds.
While at Mirfield, he married Ann who is a Speech and Language Therapist.
He was ordained Deacon and Priest in Ripon Cathedral and served his Title at the Parish of All Souls, Leeds (Diocese of Ripon) which had been built as a late nineteenth century Society Church serving what was then the wealthiest part of the city and now was by then the most deprived area of the Leeds. At that time he was also seconded to Leeds Parish Church and served as Diocesan Assistant Youth Chaplain.
In his time in Leeds, his daughter Jennifer Grace was born.
After four years in Leeds, Peter Ann, and Jenny were selected to be Missionaries with USPG (Now the United Society), the oldest Anglican Mission Organization. After training at the College of the Ascension, Selly Oak (Birmingham, England), they were sent to Orange Walk in Belize Central America (Part of the Anglican Province of the West Indies). In Orange Walk Peter work in a newly renovated church as the first resident priest in twenty years.
While in Belize, Ann and Peter adopted Carmen and Barbara.
Peter returned to England to become Vicar of the Parish of Collingham with Harewood (Diocese of Ripon) which was a wealthy outer suburb of Leeds. While serving in the Parish he was also Diocesan World Mission Officer, Chair of Lady Elizabeth Hasting Trust (an historic trust providing assistance for clergy and education in Yorkshire), and served on USPG’s governing body and chaired its Funding Committee that oversaw monetary grants to overseas churches.
While in Collingham his son Jacob was born.
After six years in Collingham with Harewood, Peter was appointed as Chaplain to Dubai, Sharjah and the Northern emirates (UAE-Diocese of Cyprus and the Gulf). After a difficult time in a very troubled post Peter return to take up the post of Rector of St. Luke’s Merritt Island in 2003.