Rev. Dr. Patricia Roberts
Rev. Dr. Patty Roberts is an Ordained Elder in the United Methodist Church. Dr. Roberts earned a Masters of Divinity degree from McCormick Theological Seminary and a Doctor of Ministry from Chicago Theological Seminary. After serving churches in Northwest Indiana, Dr. Roberts moved to Chicago to pursue a career as a Chaplain. She trained at Rush University, completing five units of Clinical Pastoral Education, after doing an intern unit at Northwestern University. After completing requirements for professional chaplaincy, including becoming Board Certified by the Association of Professional Chaplains, Dr. Roberts worked as a hospice chaplain in Evanston, IL. When a dream job as Director of Spiritual Care at Marianjoy Rehabilitation Hospital became available, she interviewed and was offered the position. Dr. Roberts joyfully served Marianjoy for the last thirteen years of her career, retiring at the end of 2017. After retiring from full-time ministry, Dr. Roberts moved with her husband back to Indiana and is engaged in local ministry there. She is on the board of the H.O.P.E Center, which is a non-profit that seeks to provide services to traumatized citizens of Gary, IN. She also facilitates spiritual workshops and retreats. Dr. Roberts is certified in Spiritual Direction by the United Methodist Church. Dr. Roberts continues to teach classes in spiritual care and end of life at Midwestern University, which she has done for the past decade. Dr. Roberts’ writing has been published in Chaplaincy Today, as well as in “Spiritual Care in Nursing Practice,” edited by Kristen Mauk.
Besides spending more time with her granddaughters, retirement has offered opportunities for pursuing her hobbies – abstract art painting and fly-fishing. Dr. Roberts is passionate about teaching new students, preparing them for ministry as chaplains and spiritual care providers, assisting them as they become future leaders in spiritual care – believing the world is in desperate need of them.