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. In Illinois, he had the thrill of leading teams that planted two new churches and served for ten years as the lead pastor of one of the largest United Methodist Churches in the Midwest.  

Roger later moved across the river to become the Director of Congregational Excellence in the Missouri Conference of the United Methodist Church. In this role, he led a team that sparked over 3,100 new places for new people and fostered the transformation of numerous existing churches.

In his current role with Spiritual Leadership, Inc (SLI), he comes alongside pastors, non-profit leaders and their leadership teams as an executive coach, specializing in leadership that inspires change. As a side gig, he loves teaching evangelism and church planting as an adjunct professor at SMU’s Perkins School of Theology in Dallas, Texas.

Other passions of his include SCUBA diving in warm blue water, Krispy Kremes, board games with family and friends, and traveling in different cultures. He also has a weakness for golf.

Roger is the author of three books, Meet The Goodpeople: Wesley’s 7 Ways to Share Faith, Come Back: Returning to the Life You Were Made For, and Come Back Participant Guide, all by Abingdon Press.

Now for the best part. Roger is married to Leanne Klein Ross. Leanne grew up around Bloomington, Illinois where the two of them now reside. God has blessed them with two adult children, a son-in-law, several tropical fish, and one adorable granddog.

You can catch Roger’s weekly blog here.