November 17, 2005--Posted at 5:45 p.m.
PARAGOULD, AR --At one time or another you have probably seen Adrian Rogers on T.V. After his entire weekly Christian television ministry airs on 14,000 outlets and is heard on nearly 2,000 radio stations worldwide.
Earlier this week Pastor Rogers died at the age of 74.
"Jesus Christ is my Lord and Savior and after that I have two heroes in my life my father and my Pastor Dr. Rogers," said Eastside Baptist Church Pastor Greg Addison.
Addison worked with Rogers for six years in Memphis and saw firsthand the impact Rogers had with his sermons in the mid-south and around the world.
"The man was from England his wife had started watching Dr. Rogers on TV in England gave her life to Christ got him to watch Dr. Rogers on TV he gave his life to Christ," said Addison.
According to Addison , Pastor Rogers was a down to earth and real person. Whether in crisis or celebration he could tell a joke to lighten the mood and tie it all together with a scripture from the Bible.
"He made you feel as if you were the most important person he was talking to the entire day," said Addison.
Addison, now the Senior Pastor at Eastside Baptist Church in Paragould , tries to emulate the example left by Rogers.
"The apostle Paul wrote to one of his congregations imitates me as I imitate Christ, everyday I imitate Pastor and how he imitated Jesus," said Addison.
Even though many are in mourning Rogers himself talked of this day and what a celebration it should be.