Welcome! Glad you found this site. Here’s the backstory on Roger. He’s a native of Cambridge, Illinois. While in college, he felt Christ’s call to ministry and has loved serving as a pastor in Texas, the British Channel Island of Guernsey, and Illinois. His two great passions are connecting the spiritually unconnected to Christ and multiplying faith communities that transform the world.
In Illinois, God gave him the thrill of being involved in two new church starts. More recently, Roger served as senior pastor of First United Methodist Church in Springfield, Illinois. While there, God provided the opportunity to write, Meet The Goodpeople: Wesley’s 7 Ways to Share Faith (Abingdon Press). If interested, check out the resources page here.
On July 1st, 2017, Roger began a new position as the Director of Congregational Excellence in the Missouri Conference of the UMC. In this new role, he leads a team responsible for new church starts and the transformation of existing churches across Missouri.
Now for the best part. Amazingly, Leanne Klein Ross agreed to marry Roger back in 1993, and God has blessed them with two college-age kids, Zach (at the University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign) and Jane (at Olivet Nazarene University in Bourbonnais, Illinois). Roger and Leanne live in Columbia, Missouri.
Some joys of his life are spending time with family, sports, reading, SCUBA diving, prayer retreats, Krispy Kremes, and traveling in different cultures. He also has a weakness for golf.