Pastor Roger came to Gateway Church of the Nazarene in 2001 after over 35 enjoyable years in full time Christian service. He was invited by the founding pastor, Ken Coil to join the staff. He leads our J.O.Y. (Just Older Youth) Ministry to and through those over 55. He is committed to leading the lost and lonely to Christ, equipping for service, and helping them to finish the second half of life ready for heaven. Serving God and challenging seniors to leave a godly heritage is a privilege and honor.
Pastor Roger was born in Ohio and grew up in a loving Christian home. He gave his heart to Jesus at the early age of seven. He felt the call to the Christian ministry , found his life time mate Marlene, went off to "Nyack Missionary College" together, graduated, continued his graduate studies "at Nazarene Theological Seminary", received his Master of Ministry Degree and honorary Doctor of Divinity Degree "from Point Loma Nazarene University" while pastoring and serving in various assignments. He pastored four churches, two being church plants, taught as a professor at Nazarene Bible College, served at Nazarene Headquartersin Home MissionAdministration as Cross-culturalDirector, elected to serve as the denominations first African-Americandistrict superintendent, in Los Angeles for seven years. He and his wife Marlene were appointed to serve for two years as Home Missionaries to the S.E. Region of the U.S. He has written numerous articles as well as authored, in 1972 “Color Us Christian” our denominational missionary reading book telling the history of African Americans in the Church of the Nazarene. For several years he served on the National Board of Directors of CASA (Christian Association Senior Adults).
He and his wife Marlene have served together for over 50 years in full and part time Christian service, and will celebrate 65 years of very happy marriage. They raised five children, four boys and one girl. They have nine grandchildren, and eight great grandchildren. God has been good all the time.