Roger and his wife Karen grew up in SE Kansas and began dating while in Junior High. They Praise the Lord for their over 54 years of marriage. Roger and Karen have 3 grown children and 5 grandchildren. They moved to the Des Moines area to be near their son Carl, his wife Shannon and their children: 12 year old Joshua and triplets who are now 9 – Paige, Matthew and William. Their daughter Kathie, and their son Jon and grandson Reid(8) all live in KS.

Roger and Karen both attended the University of Nebraska where Karen received her elementary education degree and Roger, after pre-med studies, received his Doctorate in Dental Surgery. After serving with the US Public Health Service, Roger returned to Nebraska to take his residency and Master’s degree in Pediatrics. They then moved to Omaha where Roger was an Associate Professor in the Health Sciences Division of Creighton University. As their family grew with the 3 children they moved to Hutchinson, KS where Roger had a Pediatric practice for 35 years.

Loving to teach Bible studies most of his adult life, Roger went to seminary – first at Regent College Seminary in Vancouver, B.C. and then at Bethel University Seminary in St. Paul, MN. After receiving his Theology degree and ordination, Roger served as an Associate Pastor in KS. 

Roger and Karen now live SW of Carlisle and enjoy their home in the country and spending time with their grandkids and family. They both feel blessed to be a part of NewLife Church and to be able to serve in ministry here. Karen has been a knitting instructor for many years and loves to knit, to garden and to read. Roger’s interests include music, reading, gardening, woodworking, and ALL phases of God’s ministry! Roger desires and loves getting to know everyone at NewLife and assist wherever he can.