Ken’s family attended church – their criteria was that the church have an adult Sunday School class. He was saved at First Baptist Church in Newark NY as a teenager, and rededicated his life his sophomore year of college.
Debbie attended a Presbyterian church north of Philadelphia PA, and she accepted Jesus as Savior as a young teen after joining the Youth Group, which was led by a believer.
We met while sophomores in college and married two months after graduation. In 1976 God led us to IL where we first experienced Awana, and went through Basic Training at Headquarters. In 1978 God led us to upstate NY where we later became Co-Commanders in a small club in Geneva NY. Missionary Marlin Fuller became our mentor when we joined his Ministry Team. Our passion about Awana grew, and when Ken was laid off from his job in 2002, we felt perhaps God was leading us to be Awana missionaries. However, Ken lacked Bible training. Ken got a job in Troy OH, and took a correspondence course with Moody. After seeking God’s will, Ken completed his missionary AP, was accepted, and we attended Missionary Candidate School in 2007. During December of 2009 Debbie felt called to leave her full time position to allow her more time to serve in the ministry, and our support (which had remained at the same level for many months) increased by 20% in 6 months. Isn’t God wonderful?
Now after 4 full years of being Awana Missionaries, we truly feel blessed to be a part of God’s plan to help Ohio’s children and youth come to know, love, and serve the Lord.
And what do we do when we are not doing Awana? Ever hear of pickleball? We both enjoy this paddle sport – it is good fun and exercise. Ken also enjoys racquetball and golf. Debbie provides home care to the elderly part time, and spends her spare time card stamping and oil painting.
Ken & Debbie Rohrer
Ohio Awana Missionary
1319 Winchester Dr.
Troy, OH 45373