Rev. Randall would have been our 19th minister had we gotten around to installing him, but by the time he arrived at Fountain Presbyterian, we were very much a struggling congregation–and remain so. We were grateful for his energy and his plans and sorry not to have been able to assist him towards his goal of reviving our church.
His health had been declining for the last several weeks before he finally entered the Church Triumphant on May 31, at 7:30 p.m., with his wife, Hermena, by his side.
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Rev. Rogers E. Randall, Jr. came from a family that had 38 Christian ministers serving churches all over the United States. Born in Baton Rouge, he was raised primarily in Gary, Ind., and in California by his parents, Dr. Rogers E. and Mildred Randall, who both taught on the college level.
He graduated from Andrean High School, a private Catholic school, where he excelled in education and lettered in football and basketball. He then graduated from Dakota Wesleyan University, in Mitchell, SD, where he earned degrees in Religion and Philosophy. After being called by God to the ministry, he moved to Atlanta, where he earned a Masters in Divinity from Interdenominational Theological Center, which houses the Johnson C. Smith Seminary.
He soon discovered that one of his God-given talents was the ability to rebuild small churches into strong and vital congregations that served God Almighty with vigor and passion. He helped to transform six churches in Alabama and North Carolina. He served as a General Assembly delegate at the Wichita, G.A. and the Pittsburgh G.A., as the Vice Moderator and Moderator for Synod Council for the Synod of the Mid-Atlantic, and on the COM for five different Presbyteries.
For 18 years, he taught religion classes at Robeson Community College in Lumberton.
Along his life’s journey, he met and married Hermena Lineberger of Charlotte. She and their 3 children and 7 grandchildren survive him.