American television evangelistDied when: 74 years 64 days (890 months)
Star Sign: Virgo
Adrian Pierce Rogers (September 12, 1931 – November 15, 2005) was an American Southern Baptist pastor and conservative author.He served three terms as president of the Southern Baptist Convention (1979–1980 and 1986–1988).Rogers was born in West Palm Beach, Florida.
He entered Christian ministry at the age of nineteen.He graduated from Stetson University in DeLand, Florida, and New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary.
Rogers was ordained by Northwood Baptist Church (later known as The Village Baptist Church, now operating as Family Church Village) in West Palm Beach.
His first job as a senior pastor was at Fellsmere Baptist Church, a small congregation in Fellsmere, Florida.He performed his first baptism in the C-54 Canal near Fellsmere.
He was senior pastor of First Baptist Church in Merritt Island, Florida from 1964 to 1972.In 1972, he became the senior pastor of Bellevue Baptist Church in Memphis, Tennessee, where he remained until March 2005.
During this period, the church's membership grew from 9,000 to 29,000, and the church moved into a new, megachurch facility.Rogers was named pastor emeritus after his retirement in March 2005.
Rogers was instrumental in the Southern Baptist denomination's conservative resurgence that began in the late 1970s, as he was elected president of the denomination during a theological controversy within the denomination.
He was the chairman of the committee which produced the revised 2000 edition of the Baptist Faith and Message.He published eighteen books and his works are featured on the internationally available radio and television program, Love Worth Finding, which is broadcast in English and Spanish.
Rogers was also the founder of the Adrian Rogers Pastor Training Institute for ministers, which is currently headed by his widow, two sons, and a granddaughter.
In November 2005, Rogers contracted pneumonia of both lungs as a complication of colon cancer treatments, and died following a period of mechanical ventilation at the age of seventy-four.