Jimmie T. Roberts

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Jim Roberts
BornJune 5, 1939
DiedDecember 6, 2015(2015-12-06) (aged 76)
Senior posting
Based inUnited States
Period in office1971–2015

Jimmie T. Roberts (born June 5, 1939 - December 6, 2015) was the founder of a religious movement known as The Brethren. Within the group, it is alternatively referred to as the Brothers, the Church, the Assembly, and The Body of Christ.[1]

Roberts was born in the American South, the son of a part-time Pentecostal preacher, he later joined the United States Marine Corps. Around 1970, He became convinced that mainstream churches had become corrupt and that the last days were imminent. Roberts began recruiting followers to his apocalyptic views, advocating a lifestyle based upon an itinerant example he found in the New Testament accounts of Jesus sending forth disciples.[2] Within the movement, he is known as "Brother Evangelist" and "the Elder".[3]

Members of the group dress distinctively. Men wear their beards untrimmed and knee-length shirts sewn by the "sisters". Women wear their hair long, untrimmed and unstyled, and wear handmade long sleeve dresses down to the foot; the style of dress for both men and women is in order to be "Modest in color and fit".

After several incidents during the late 1970s and early 1980s, both Roberts and the group became extremely secretive and disappeared from public view, except for occasional mentions in books and the media.[1]

Roberts died in Denver, Colorado on December 6, 2015,[4] he was 76 years old and his cause of death is listed as metastatic adenocarcinoma.[5]



  1. ^ a b Melton 2003, p. 1131–1132.
  2. ^ Melton 2003, p. 1131.
  3. ^ Walker 2007, p. 74.
  4. ^ DaAdmin (22 February 2016). "Cult leader Jim Roberts dead at 76". Cult News. Retrieved 23 February 2017.
  5. ^ Martin, Amy (7 March 2016) [11 December 2015], James Roberts 2015-3287 (PDF), City and County of Denver, Office of the Medical Examiner, retrieved 23 February 2017


  • Melton, J. Gordon (2003). Encyclopedia of American Religions (Seventh edition). Farmington Hills, Michigan: The Gale Group, Inc. ISBN 0-7876-6384-0.
  • Walker, James K. (2007). The Concise Guide to Today's Religions and Spirituality. Eugene, Oregon: Harvest House Publishers. ISBN 978-0-7369-2011-7.