The book is primarily on the life and contribution of Dr. John Roberts as a Christian
missionary against the background of his times. He was the Founder-Principal of the
erstwhile Cherra Theological College, established in 1887 at a place popularly known as
Cherrapunji, officially called Sohra, Meghalaya, India. In 1994, the College was shifted
to Mawklot, Shillong and renamed as `John Roberts Theological Seminary'.
The main aim of the present work is to discover John Roberts as a preacher, teacher,
pastor, translator and author; who spent over 37 years in growing and developing Church on
the Khasi Hills. This scholarly research will be an important resource not only to
theologians and historians but also to missiologists addressing their questions aimed at
seeking to understand the culture and society in which the church is situated.
1. A River Flows
2. Setting the Foundations (1840-1871)
3. The Formation of a Missionary
4. The Challenge of Engagement (1872-1876)
5. The Educationalist and Pastor (1876-1884)
6. Celebration and Challenges (1886-1896)
7. Celebrations and Challenges (continued)
8. Destruction and Reconstruction (1897-1906)
9. Empowering Words
10. Who was the Reverend Dr. John Roberts (1842-1908)?
11. Between Time and Eternity
The Rev. Dafydd Andrew Jones is a former Moderator of the Presbyterian
Church of Wales and of its Association in South Wales. He was trained at the University of
Wales and the University of Cambridge before his ordination in 1970 as minister of a rural
pastorate in the Vale of Conwy and subsequently of Capel Mawr, Rhosllannerchrugog. In
1984, he was called by the Church to be its Mission Board Secretary and latterly its
Director of Life and Witness. He has also served `The Council of World Mission' within its
European Region as its Secretary and Chair and globally as one of its Honourary Officers.
He is married with three children and has one grandchild. He is deeply interested in the
historical link between the Presbyterian Church of Wales and The Presbyterian Church of