Roberts Wesleyan College is a Christian liberal arts college located in North Chili, New York. It is the first educational institution established for Free Methodists in North America. Roberts is accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools, is a member of the Association of Colleges and Universities of the State of New York, the Rochester Area Colleges, the Association of Free Methodist Educational Institutions, the Council of Independent Colleges (CIC), and the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities (CCCU).
Roberts Wesleyan College was originally established as Chili Seminary
by Benjamin Titus Roberts
. Roberts was a social activist who opposed slavery and oppression of the poor, and was a supporter of women's right to vote. He began the school to train young people to become servant leaders with high moral character.
In 1885, its name changed to Chesbrough Seminary in response to the $30,000 gift of benefactor A.M. Chesbrough. In 1945, it was renamed Roberts Junior College in honor of B.T. Roberts, the founder both the college and of the Free Methodist Church. Four years later, it was renamed as Roberts Wesleyan College in order to pay homage to John Wesley, the founder of Methodism and the Wesleyan Church.
In 1998, Roberts Wesleyan College established Northeastern Seminary as its graduate school of theology.
Roberts offers undergraduate and graduate programs. Through Northeastern Seminary, students can complete a Master of Arts in Theology, Master of Divinity or Doctor of Divinity degree.
The school has an 11:1 student-to-faculty ratio.
The majority of the college's students live in college-owned housing. Men and women are in separate dorms.
Students are required to go to 22 of 40 chapel services every semester. If students do not meet their required number of chapel services then they are penalized. Roberts also requires that its students sign a statement saying that they will abstain from alcohol, tobacco, gambling, plagiarism and sexual immorality while enrolled at the College. There is no dress code at the College.
Numerous student groups are active on as well as off-campus. Some of these include: Acting on AIDS, At the Foot of the Cross, Beacon Newspaper, Campus Crusade for Christ, Chesbronian Yearbook, Dance Ministry, Drama Ministry, Gospel Choir, Habitat for Humanity, In Jesus' Name (Street Ministry), Intramural Athletics, mission trips, Student Association, SIFE, and Worship Teams.
Roberts belongs to two national athletics associations: the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics
(NAIA) and the National Christian College Athletic Association
(NCCAA). Roberts offers twelve varsity sports: basketball
(men and women), soccer
(men and women), track and field
(men and women), cross-country
(men and women), tennis
(men and women), golf
(men), and women’s volleyball
- Alan Austin (1960), CEO, Nationwide Circuits
- Timothy D. Bellavia (1992), Children's Author / Illustrator & Professor, Touro College
- Dr. Gordon Caswell, Former President, Baylor University Medical Center
- Richard Goddard, Goalkeeper, Vancouver Whitecaps
- Richard LaMontagne (1996), Manager of Employee Development and Learning, Xerox Corp.
- Ryan Leaver, former player for the St. Catharines Wolves in the Canadian Professional Soccer League.
- Rev. Doug Newton (1975), Senior Editor, Light and Life Magazine; Senior Pastor, Greenville Free Methodist Church
- Dr. Lesley Perry (1966), Associate Dean of Nursing, Villanova University
- Jennifer Stuczynski (2005), Pole Vaulter, 2006 USA Outdoor Champion, holder of the American women's pole vault record
- Sharon Sweet, Opera Singer, Metropolitan Opera Company & Vocal Professor, Westminster Choir College
- Dr. Gary Walsh, Former President, Evangelical Fellowship of Canada; Former Bishop of the Free Methodist Church in Canada
- Judy Wright (2006) plays professionally in Holland
- Daniel Yearick (1983) Co-Author of "Four Marks of the Healthy Ministry Professional" ©2007
- Chaz Franklin, plays on a Central Germany professional basketball team.
- Candy (Day) Van Buskirk, is a world-renowned basketball coach.
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