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Dr. John J. Roberts

Member of St. Bartholomew’s, Atlanta

John retired in 2010 after a full teaching career at Newcomb College, Loyola University, Mercer University, and 38 years teaching Bible and English at The Westminster Schools. He has done much work with the College Board and Educational Testing Service, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and the Center for Spiritual and Ethical Education. He is author of three books, plus some 35 articles, essays, and reviews in scholarly journals and popular magazines. He has been involved in Education For Ministry and Living The Questions. He has taught lots of adult Sunday school classes over the decades, e.g. at Holy Trinity Parish in Decatur, at St. Dunstan’s, St. Martin in the Fields, and St. Bartholomew’s, all in Atlanta; St. Paul’s in Newnan; and Trinity Presbyterian Church, Atlanta.


  • New Testament study:  NT themes, individual books, or groupings (e.g., gospels, Johannine corpus). For example, a four- or six-week Sunday school series surveying Mark would explore topics such as authorship, date, audience, occasion, relationship to other gospels, textual history, literary style, Christology and soteriology, Jesus logia, etc.; the overarching point would be to understand Mark better in order to reach insights that are relevant to our own lives.

  • Literature & Christianity:  For example, a series at St. Martin’s, Atlanta, included readings and discussions of poems by Donne, Eliot, R. S. Thomas, Richard Wilbur, William Everson/Brother Antoninus, Eugene Warren, et al.; a series at Holy Trinity, Decatur, on Margaret Edson’s “Wit” included excerpts from the play and from the film, paired with appropriate Donne poems, followed by group discussions.


Type of presentations:  Lecture/discussion

Length of Presentation:  Hour-long sessions for adult Sunday school, 1- or 2-hour sessions for mid-week or Saturday gatherings

Travel:  Throughout the Diocese of Atlanta. (The diocese requires payment of IRS mileage.)

Fee:  Negotiable, generally $100-$150 honorarium per hour

Reference:  The Rev. William Deneke,

Contact information:, 404-625-4220