Roger was born and raised in Orlando, FL. His wife Dianne was born in Oskaloosa, IA, and grew up on a farm nearby.
The met when they both attended Dordt College in Sioux Center, IA and took the same class: History of Reformed Theology. (The rest is also history!) They married in 1981. Dianne taught 5th-6th grades at a small Christian school while Roger finished college and attended seminary. His training included a year at Calvin Seminary in Grand Rapids, MI. They served three congregations as a "settled" pastor and family: Medicine Hat, Alberta (1986-1991), Rock Valley, IA (1991-2005) and Luverne, MN (2006-2021). Most recently they served for 16 months in an interim role at Bethel CRC, Wapun, WI.
Along the way, they were blessed with 4 children, now grown and married. Among them they have 7 grandchildren ranging in ages from 12 down to 3.