I’ve known only a few ‘great’ men in my life and Dr. Lee Roberson truly has a place among them. This man unswervingly lived what he preached and it is my family’s honor to have called him ‘friend’ during a season of great trial. I will also never be able to forget the emotion I felt when Dr. Roberson broke protocol and hugged me as I crossed the stage in my wheelchair to receive my diploma. This man was special. To be in his presence one could easily sense the nearness of the Almighty and his deep love and sharp mind along with his strong faith in Christ will always be remembered the most.
Dr. Lee Roberson, age 97, former pastor of the Highland Park Baptist Church, Founder and Chancellor Emeritus of Tennessee Temple University and Man of God, passed into the presence of the Lord Jesus Christ whom he had served faithfully since the age of fourteen, on Sunday, April 29, 2007.
Dr. Roberson was born November 24, 1909 on a farm near English, Indiana. He was led to the Lord at age fourteen by his Sunday School teacher, and he accepted the call to preach the ‘Good News’ of the Gospel at the age of eighteen.
He studied as vocal music at the Cincinnati Conservatory of Music and was a graduate of the University of Louisville and the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville. Beginning in 1932, Dr. Roberson served as a pastor and evangelist before accepting the pastorate of the Highland Park Baptist Church of Chattanooga in November of 1942. Tennessee Temple University was founded as a junior college and Bible school in July 1946. TTU is now an accredited four-year college, graduate school and seminary.
Dr. Lee Roberson was preceded in death by daughter Joy Caroline and wife, the former Caroline Allen. He is survived by son, John C. Roberson and wife Donna, daughter LeeAnne Nichols and husband Dr. L.W. ‘Buddy’ Nichols, daughter June Ormesher and husband Bill, eight grandchildren and by the countless thousands who accepted the new life of salvation under his ministry and the subsequent ministries of the thousands of men and women who he faithfully led, taught and encouraged at HPBC and TTU.
The family is asking that any memorial gifts be sent to the Lee Roberson Foundation, 2327 Red Tail Lane, Chattanooga, TN 37421 or online at www.LeeRoberson.org.
Dr.Roberson’s favorite Scripture verse was Romans 8:28 – “And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.”
Dated August 1, 2006 at the age of 96, Dr. Roberson published what he called his farewell letter and final testimony “to give encouragement to pastors, evangelists, and full-time Christian workers.”
“I believe the Bible! I believe in the promises of God regarding our future life! I believe ‘to be absent from the body, to be present with the Lord.’ I believe the future will hold some of the most glorious blessings that one could ever conceive. We will be present ‘with the Lord.’ The Apostle Paul said ‘this is far better.’ The future is bright! I know the Lord may come at any moment – He has promised ‘I will come again.’
“Continue in His great work! Give attention to the winning of souls and exhort yourself to a close walk with God.”
Dr. Lee Roberson, “absent from the body, present with the Lord,”
April 29, 2007.