South America Director
Roger D. Blevins was born in 1953 in the state of Virginia. Growing up in a Christian home, he was saved at the age of eleven. Roger answered the call to preach at age eighteen, and in January of 1972, he began his studies at Tennessee Temple Bible School in Chattanooga, Tennessee and graduated in 1977. While at Tennessee Temple, Roger met Linda Kay (Cash). Kay too had grown up in a Christian home and had been saved at the early age of seven. Kay and all here family attended the Tabernacle Baptist Church of Greenville, SC. She often recalls the tremendous privilege and blessing it was for her to grow up under the ministry of Dr. Harold B. Sightler. Roger and Kay were married in June of 1974 and have three sons and, to date, five grand children.
While continuing to pursue his education at Tennessee Temple, Roger served as youth director at the Victory Baptist Church in Rossville, Georgia under Dr. LeRoy Perry. The young couple believed that God was preparing them for the pastorate here in America, but Roger and Kay were open to the Lord's leading and were willing to go anywhere God might direct them in His service. In November of 1978, Roger responded to an invitation during a Missions Conference message by Dr. Don Sisk. Roger was simply putting his life on the alter once again, as he had done many times before; however this time, God said: Go to Spain!
Accepted as missionaries under BIMI in February of 1979, the Blevins began deputation and arrived in Spain in June of 1981. For nearly sixteen years, Roger and Kay and their family served the Lord in Spain, where God allowed them to help missionaries in three different churches during their term. During their second term, the Lord led them to start a church in Madrid, where they labored for eleven years before turning it over to a national pastor. Roger also had the privilege of helping to establish and of teaching for ten years in the Torrejón Baptist Bible Institute in Torrejón de Ardoz, Spain.
In 1996, God began to deal with the Blevins' hearts about leaving Spain. This was an extremely difficult decision for them because of their great love for the Spanish people, but God was making it clear that He was ready to move them from Spain. At the request of BIMI, Roger had been on a survey trip to Bolivia in 1995 and now that God seemed to be closing the door in Spain, he seriously considered the possibility of going there, but God would not give him peace about that. However, several years earlier, a pastor from Georgia had spoken with Roger about his burden to reach the growing number of Hispanics coming to the Atlanta area and God began using the seed of that conversation, planted years earlier, to burden Roger's heart for the Hispanic USA ministry. With great sadness, but with great peace that they were in the center of God's will for them, the Blevins left Spain in December, 1996. In November of 1997, they began the Iglesia Bautista Nueva Vida (New Life Baptist Church) in Conyers, Georgia (in the east-metro area of Atlanta) where they served for nearly ten years.
In May of 2006, Dr. James Ray, the President and General Director of BIMI, asked Roger to pray about serving in a new capacity with the Mission. After much prayer, God gave Roger and Kay assurance that this was His perfect will for them and in June of 2006, the Board of Trustees of BIMI appointed Roger to the position of South American Director, to become effective January 1, 2007. His varied responsibilities include: 1). coordinating the work of the more than fifty BIMI missionaries serving in the nine Spanish and the two English speaking countries of South America (this does not include Brazil); 2). providing logistical and administrative support here in the States for the missionaries on the field; 3). visiting the missionaries on the field to encourage them and assist them in their church planting and evangelization efforts; 4). preaching in missions conferences, special missions Sundays, revivals, chapel services, etc. in churches and schools across America; and 5). sharing his burden and vision for South America with the hope and prayer that God will raise up many new missionaries to help reach the more than 187,000,000 souls living in Argentina, Bolivia, Chile, Columbia, Ecuador, Guyana, Paraguay, Peru, Suriname, Uruguay and Venezuela.
Bro. Blevins is available for meetings and would love to have the privilege and opportunity to serve pastors, churches and schools in the area of missions.
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