by Jake Wilkinson
SPOKANE VALLEY, Wash., April 12, 2016 - (This story is reposted from the Spokane Valley Adventist Church (SVAC) newsletter. May this story about Roger remind us that there are many, many people in the world who need to hear about Jesus.)
Roger Ogden was born in Seattle and has served 13 years in the U.S. army. During that time, he lived in Germany from 1977-1980 and 1989-1992. In December of 2014 he married his wife Karen, who he had known most of his life (since grade school), and she was the one to ask him out.
Karen was listening to the radio and heard Pastor Mark Weir preaching on Positive Life Radio. She liked what she heard and they contacted the Spokane Valley Adventist Church.
Through that, Dusty Borders (SVAC Bible Worker) connected with Roger and began Bible studies. Roger never had church or any religious affiliation growing up, so this was something rather new to him. Roger was baptized on February 27th 2016—welcome to the family brother!
He took the stop-smoking class in February and overcame his addiction to smoking, which in his own words, “It is the hardest thing I’ve ever had to do.” Kenley Sorenson (SVAC Elder) had been working with him, and walked with him through the victory!
Roger’s favorite books of the Bible are the gospels and Revelation. He wants to hear more about Jesus and the words that He spoke.
Roger also played the role of Andrew in this year’s Journey to the Cross.
If you ever see a black F-150 with a shell on it by the church, and see a man working hard on the church’s property, you’re looking at Roger. If I could describe Roger in two words, they would be “passionate” and “service.”