The Reverend Paul Timothy Roberts Sr. is President of Johnson C. Smith Theological Seminary in Atlanta, GA. Under Paul’s leadership, JCSTS is gaining prominence in the national conversation about new models of theological education. 


Paul is a native of Stamford, CT. However, he grew up in Bradenton, FL, which he considers his home. Paul graduated from Princeton University in 1985, worked for eight years in advertising in New York City, then earned a Master of Divinity degree with a concentration in New Testament Studies from Johnson C. Smith Seminary at the Interdenominational Theological Center in Atlanta, GA. Paul is an Academic Fellow of the Ecumenical Institute at Bossey in Celigny, Switzerland. From 1997 through 2010, he was the pastor of Church of the Master (PCUSA), a church founded in 1965 in Atlanta, GA, as an intentionally interracial congregation. 

Paul serves on the boards of the Presbyterian Foundation, Montreat Conference Center, Macedonian Ministry Inc., and NEXT Church. He is the recipient of the 2016 Devoted Service Award from Louisville Theological Seminary. Recreationally, Paul enjoys tennis and gardening.

Paul and his wife, Nina, have three children—one adult daughter and two teenage sons.