Welcome to ITJ-DL: Introduction to Judaism Distance Learning

BiO - Rabbi Stephen B. Roberts, MBA, BCC

Since 2013 Rabbi Roberts has served as the rabbi for The Temple of the High Country (Boone, NC) [PT]. In additional to leading services at the congregation, he is also an active member in the High Country Multi-Faith Clergy and Leaders organization. Under his leadership, TOHC joined the URJ.

Rabbi Roberts founded ChaplainDL – Chaplain Distance Learning in 2013 of which he is the President and CEO. ChaplainDL provides continuing education opportunities for professional chaplains using state-of-the distance learning modalities. 


Rabbi Roberts holds the Masters in Business degree from The Wharton School. He was ordained from Hebrew Union College–Jewish Institute of Religion in New York in 1995. He studied Food and Resource Economics at The University of Florida’s College of Agriculture, receiving his Bachelor of Science degree in 1980. While at HUC-JIR, he helped run their soup kitchen.

Rabbi Roberts is a proud member of the CCAR since his ordination. He served as the founding chair of the CCAR’s Task Force on Addictions and Recovery. 

Rabbi Roberts is the editor of Professional Spiritual and Pastoral Care: A Practical Clergy and Chaplain's Handbook [SkyLight Paths Publishing; December 2011]. This is the first comprehensive book for teaching spiritual and pastoral care to clergy, seminarians and leaders of faith communities of all religious traditions. Since publication, it has become the standard textbook in the field.

Rabbi Roberts is also the co-editor of Disaster Spiritual Care 2nd Edition: Practical Clergy Responses to Communiy, Regional and National Tragedy [Skylights Paths; May 2008], which is the first comprehensive book for pastoral care in the face of disaster. 

Rabbi Roberts is a Past President (2002-2004) of the NAJA [Neshamah - Association of Jewish Chaplains] and a Board Certified Chaplain (BCC) with the organization. Additional offices he has held with the organization include Board Member (10 years), Treasurer, Ethics Committee. He guided the NAJC in the process of becoming a member of National Voluntary Organizations Active in Disasters (NVOAD) and serves on NVOAD’s the Emotional and Spiritual Care Committee.