Rev. Dr. S. L. Roberson was born in Moundville,
Alabama on March 24, 1920 to Rev. Garther Roberson Sr.
and Estella Sears Roberson. The family moved to Ypsilanti,
Michigan when Rev. Dr. Roberson was about three years
old. He attended Ypsilanti High School and graduated
the Conservation Corps and worked in a camp near Freesoil,
Michigan to plant trees for about four years. In addition,
during this time, he was taking classes at Normal College
(later Eastern Michigan University) in Ypsilanti.
the United States Marine Corps in 1942 and served at
Okinawa and Iwo Jima. When he returned home two and
a half years later, he enrolled in Detroit Bible Institute.
He graduated in 1949 and apprenticed under his father
at the Second Baptist Church.
Rev. Dr. Roberson began his own ministry at the Metropolitan
Memorial Baptist Church in Ypsilanti, Michigan. Rev.
Dr. Roberson began working at Ford Motor Company in
1947 as an hourly employee. He worked his way into the
industrial relations division and became personnel manager
of the Ypsilanti Plant. He retired in 1980. During
his ministry, Rev. Dr. Roberson has been chaplain to
the Washtenaw County Sheriff's Department.
an active member of the American Baptist Convention,
National Baptist Convention, USA, Inc., Wolverine State
Convention, and the Huron Valley Convention. Dr. Rev.
Roberson is a member of the board of directors of the
local chapter of the National Association for the Advancement
of Colored People (NAACP) and the Washtenaw County Ministerial