About Adrian Rogers
Known for his evangelistic zeal and uncompromising commitment to the Word of God, Adrian Rogers was one of the greatest preachers, respected Bible teachers, and Christian leaders of our time.
For over fifty years, he consistently presented the Good News of Jesus Christ with strong conviction, compassion, and integrity. Under his pastoral leadership, Bellevue Baptist Church in Memphis, Tennessee, grew from 9,000 members in 1972 to more than 29,000 at his retirement in 2005. Adrian Rogers was a leader in his denomination, serving three terms as president of the Southern Baptist Convention, which is the world’s largest Protestant denomination of 16 million members.
Pastor Rogers authored many books and was a much sought-after evangelist and Bible teacher for meetings and conferences around the world. His radio and television ministry, “Love Worth Finding,” still touches millions of lives throughout the United States and around the globe. In 2003, he founded the Adrian Rogers Pastor Training Institute. Since his heavenly homegoing, over 35,000 pastors on five continents have been equipped and encouraged with the dynamic video-based training curriculum taught by Dr. Rogers.
He was a devoted family man — husband to his childhood sweetheart Joyce, father to four children, grandfather to nine, and great-grandfather to one. Of all his accomplishments, Dr. Rogers often said his greatest joy centered in his relationship to Jesus Christ, his wife and family, and the church he pastored. The recipient of many honors and awards, the trophy he treasured most was one presented to him by his children one Father’s Day in which he was proclaimed The World’s Greatest Dad.
When my time comes, don’t be sorry for me;
I’ll be kicking up gold dust on the streets of glory.
—Dr. Adrian Rogers
On various occasions, Dr. Adrian Rogers had proclaimed: “When my time comes, don’t be sorry for me; I’ll be kicking up gold dust on the streets of glory.” Shortly after being admitted to the hospital diagnosed with cancer-induced pneumonia, he stated “This is a win-win for me,” indicating his confidence that, whether God chose to heal him or not, he was in God’s hands. Among the last words that he uttered before being hooked up to the ventilator which inhibited his speech during his last days were “I am at perfect peace.”
Dr. Rogers’ favorite Bible passage was Romans 8:38–39: “For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.”