Randy Roberts, senior pastor, has no secrets that he shares with his local congregation alone. What he says each Sabbath morning travels thousands of miles into North, Central and South America as well as around the world via the Internet via the Loma Linda Broadcasting Network (LLBN). Thousands of viewers, nearby and distant, consider Pastor Roberts to be their pastor.
Since he assumed the senior pastorate of the Loma Linda University Church in 2000, he has overseen a 16-month disruption of worship services in the sanctuary to accommodate a major remodeling job, moving without fanfare to the nearby Gentry Gymnasium to accommodate renewal made necessary by the discovery of asbestos in the building.
His sermonic style has included impersonations of familiar Bible characters, as in the four-part Encounters at an Execution series. His expository sermons explore relevant insights from Scripture as in the 10-part series, The Walk, on the book of James. In a recent 10-part series, Why I'm an Adventist, he identified major themes and commitments in Adventism. His audience has grown to expect his self-deprecating humor and bits of personal experience woven into a remarkably listenable preaching style.
Born in South America to missionary parents, Pastor Roberts spent most of his youth in Latin American countries before enrolling at Southwestern Adventist University (Keene, Texas) as a theology major, modern languages minor. After college graduation in 1981, he pastored in Texas and completed a Master of Divinity degree at Andrews University (1985).
Coming to Loma Linda in 1987 as a chaplain at the Medical Center, he pursued a master of arts degree in marriage and family therapy at United States International University in San Diego (1991). Soon thereafter he began teaching at Loma Linda University's faculty of religion while completing a doctor of ministry degree at Fuller Theological Seminary in Pasadena (1996). He was also pastoring the Corona Seventh-day Adventist Church in a part-time assignment when he accepted the invitation to become the University Church pastor.
To his major focus on preaching, worship, and vision setting, Pastor Roberts adds a close working relationship with the pastoral staff, He also conducts pre-marriage and marriage counseling for students and church members. "We are in a time of great opportunity," says Pastor Roberts. "Our church has a rich and storied history. We have quality people of integrity and innovation—and volunteers who give significant time and energy to the church." The pastor envisions a church that is in love with its Lord, engaged in His Word, clear in its focus, and intentional about its work.