Tony Roberts was born and raised in Indiana, selected by teachers and administrators the top scholar athlete of Greenwood Community High School, class of 1982. He attended Hanover College, given a tour by alum Mike Pence, and acted on the same stage as Woody Harrelson. He graduated with a B.A. cum laude in English and theology.
He was accepted on scholarship by Louisville Presbyterian seminary and graduated with an M. Div in 1990. His vast field education experiences included being a student chaplain at what was then called an “institution for the severe and profound mentally retarded. He also served at a women’s prison and a Level 1 trauma hospital.
After an internship year doing Clinical Pastoral Education, he entered the pastorate where he served for over 18 years — churches in Illinois, Pennsylvania, and New York before accepting a mental health disability pension in 2009.
Tony is a man with an unquiet mind who delights in the One who delights in him. He is diagnosed with rapid cycling bipolar disorder with psychotic features. With a lot of professional and spiritual help, he has published three books — Delight in Disorder: Ministry, Madness, Mission; When Despair Meets Delight: Stories to Cultivate Hope for Those with Mental Illness. And, Hope for Troubled Minds: Tributes to Those with Brain Illnesses and Their Loved Ones. Tony is delighted to share that 100% of the proceeds from the sale of the book will be evenly distributed to National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI), Treatment Advocacy Center (TAC), and Delight in Disorder Ministries (DiDMin).
Learn more about Tony in this episode below: