In Memoriam: The Reverend Dr. F. Morgan Roberts

March 31, 1928 – April 18, 2024

Please remember in prayer the family and friends of the Reverend Dr. F. Morgan Roberts, who passed from this life into the Church Triumphant on Thursday, April 18, 2024, in Sarasota, Florida.

For the past thirty years, the Reverend Dr. F. Morgan Roberts has been Pastor Emeritus of Shadyside Presbyterian Church, where he served as pastor from 1985 until his retirement in May 1994. A widely known preacher, Dr. Roberts served churches in New York, Kentucky, Michigan, Pennsylvania, Ohio, and Alabama. He also completed several interim pastorates in the years since his retirement.

Rev. Dr. F. Morgan Roberts
Rev. Dr. F. Morgan Roberts

Dr. Roberts authored Are There Horses in Heaven? and Other Thoughts (1996) and A Beautiful View: A Friendlier Christianity as a Way of Life (2018). In addition, he co-authored two books with John M. Mulder: 28 Hymns to Sing Before You Die (2014) and 28 Carols to Sing at Christmas (2015). A member of the Society of Biblical Literature, he contributed essays to several multi-volume scholarly works.

Dr. Roberts served the denomination as a member of its General Assembly Mission Council. In 1986, he was preacher to the 198th General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church (USA). Educated at Colgate University and Princeton Theological Seminary, he maintained an active interest in the Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary.

In your prayers for the bereaved, please especially remember Morgan’s wife, Nora, and their families as they entrust Morgan to God’s eternal care. Please join us in giving thanks to God for Morgan’s life of faith, which he lived in dedicated service to Christ. We at Shadyside Presbyterian Church are particularly grateful for the ministry of Dr. Roberts among us, first shepherding our flock as our eighth pastor and then continuing to uphold a relationship of care and trust with our congregation for the three decades that followed his pastorate.


A memorial service will occur on Friday, June 14, 2024, at 2:00 p.m. at the Church of the Palms in Sarasota, Florida, where Dr. and Mrs. Roberts had been attending. Morgan’s mortal remains will rest in the memorial garden of the Church of the Palms.