Roberts, John Emerson was born on September 28, 1853 in New Carlisle, Ohio, United States. Son of William Shields and Henrietta E. (Skinner) Roberts.
Student Shurtleff College, Upper Alton, Illinois, academic, collegiate, and theological courses, 8 years.
ordained Baptist ministry, 1878. Pastor Carrollton, Illinois, 1878-1881, First Church, Kansas City, 1881-1885. Joined Unitarian Church and was pastor Unitarian Church, Kansas City, 1887-1897.
Left Unitarian Church, 1897, and organized The Church of This World, Kansas City, of which was pastor until 1910. Organized, 1912, and since lecturer, Chicago Society of Rationalism. Author of many published addresses.
Address: Park Ridge, Illinois.
Author of many published addresses.
Married Edith Wilson, of Kansas City, Missoury, June 25, 1893.