Ph.D. Boston University
M.Div. Nazarene Theological Seminary
B.A. George Fox University
Teaching and Research Interests: Philosophy, Poetry, Quaker Studies
I began teaching at George Fox in September 1953. Even now, retired from active classroom teaching for many years, I feel very much a part of the school, and especially of the religion faculty. My teaching specialties have been philosophy, church history, and Quaker studies.
In recent years I have devoted my energy to writing books and articles, preaching occasionally, lecturing, and mentoring graduate students. I had a stint in local governance as councilor and mayor of the town of Yachats, where my wife and I resided in retirement before returning to Newberg in 2003. My wife and I enjoy our adult children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren.
My own calling to ministry came during my high school years, nurtured by my family and especially by the faithfulness of local Greenleaf, Idaho, Quaker elders and by the discernment and guidance of Milo C. Ross, who was then pastor. I was early encouraged to do deputation ministry with older Friends, and to learn how to study the Scriptures and to pray for guidance.
Coming to George Fox, then known as Pacific, I majored in religion, profiting greatly from the ministry of religion faculty, including Gervais Carey. At this college I found Fern. We were married in 1943. Her support and encouragement have sustained my ministry. She had a successful career as a public school teacher, serving many years in Portland inner-city schools.
Following graduation from George Fox, I entered pastoral work, serving in Everett, Wash., Kansas City, Mo., and Goffstown, N.H. After completing seminary and doctoral studies I answered a call to return to my alma mater and teach. I am glad I answered that call. It has surely been in divine ordering.
During the early years of teaching, my family, with the backing of Newberg Friends Church, started a new work which became Tigard Friends Church. We also helped start the North Valley fellowship, and for a time later I served on the pastoral team for Reedwood Friends, in Portland. I am grateful the Lord has strengthened me for a writing ministry, to be a modern-day "Publisher of Truth" through the printed page, and that George Fox University has encouraged that ministry.
Books by Arthur Roberts:
Back to Square One: Turning Losses Into Spiritual Gain (Barclay Press, 1990)
Drawn by the Light: Autobiographical Reflections (Barclay Press, 1993)
Early Quaker Writings:1650-1700 (ed. Hugh Barbour and Arthur O. Roberts; Pendle Hill Publications, 1973)
Heavenly Fire and Other Poems by Arthur O. Roberts (Barclay Press, 2007)
Let The Spirit Soar (City of Yachats, 2000)
Look Closely At The Child: Christmas Poems (Barclay Press, 1997)
Messengers of God (with Robin Shephard; Barclay Press, 2006)
Move Over Elijah: Sermons in Poetry and Prose (Barclay Press, 1967)
Prayers At Twilight (Barclay Press, 2003)
Sunrise and Shadow: A Collection of Poems (Barclay Press, 1985)
The People Called Quakers (booklet, Barclay Press, 2006)
The Sacred Ordinary: Sermons and Addresses (Barclay Press, 2006)
The Wit and Wisdom of Jack Willcuts (Barclay Press, 2000)
Through Flaming Sword: The Life and Legacy of George Fox (Barclay Press, 2008)