In Rememberance: William W. Rogers

07-16-2012 by

Emily McGinley

The family of William W. Rogers (B.D., 1953) wrote in to share that he had passed away on 7 July 2012. A memorial service will be held at 10am, Saturday, August 11 at the Hanover Presbyterian Church.

William (Bill) Warr Rogers was born to Henry C. Rogers and Elizabeth Warr Rogers in a house his father built in the mountains of Tennessee on November 16, 1926. He died at The Waters of Clifty Falls on July 7, 2012. Bill’s father was a pastor and the family lived in many places including Allardt, TN, Goodland, IN, Washington, PA and Cincinnati, OH. Bill attended the University of Cincinnati for two years following his service in the Army as a soldier in the Occupation of Germany (1946). He was the national president of the Westminster Fellowship National Council while he attended Hanover College. After graduating from Hanover College in 1950 he married June Ramage and moved to Chicago where he attended McCormick Theological Seminary. After seminary Bill served university pastorates at Western Michigan and Kalamazoo Colleges, the University of Georgia and Cornell University. While at Cornell he directed the Cornell-Brazil Project in cooperation with the Brazilian Student Christian Movement. Also during the Cornell years Bill was a member of the Commission on Ecumenical Mission and Relations of the Presbyterian Church (USA), the General Assembly’s Advisory Council on Inter-American Affairs and its Peace Making Commission. He helped to organize and served as the first Chairperson of the Bi-National Service Council.

Bill has served as Senior Pastor, Head of Staff of the Old First Presbyterian Church in Huntington, New York and, and with his wife June, as a Pastoral Team at the International Church of Bangkok, Thailand. He served as a Mission Co-Worker with the United Presbyterian Church of Brazil (IPU), teaching in an ecumenical seminary the Institute for Theological Education of Bahia (ITEBA) in Salvador (Brazil). After retiring to Hanover, IN he served as Moderator of the Session of the Presbyterian Church in Lexington, IN. June and Bill together served as Missionary-in-residence to coordinate the Year of Education for Global Education and International Leadership Development for the Presbyterian Church (USA).

A full tribute can be found here.

God's comfort and grace to Bill's family during this time of grief and celebration of his life.