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 11. Roger answered the call to preach at age 18, and in January 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 her family attended the Tabernacle Baptist Church of Greenville, South Carolina. 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 1974 and have three sons.
While continuing to pursue his education at Tennessee Temple, Roger served as youth director at the Victory Baptist Church in Rossville, Georgia, under the mentoring of Dr. LeRoy Perry. The young couple believed 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 1978, Roger responded to an invitation during a Missions Conference message by Dr. Don Sisk. Roger was simply putting his life on the altar once again as he had done many times before; however, this time, God said, “Go to Spain!”
Accepted as missionaries with BIMI in February 1979, Roger and Kay began deputation and arrived in Spain in June 1981. For nearly 16 years, they 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 the city of Madrid, in which they labored for 11 years. Roger also had the privilege of helping to establish the Torrejón Baptist Bible Institute in Torrejón de Ardoz, Spain, where he taught for ten years.
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, Roger 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 cultivate a burden in 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 family left Spain in December 1996. In November 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 2006, Dr. James Ray, the President and General Director of BIMI at that time, 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. On June 6, 2006, the Board of Trustees of BIMI appointed Roger to become the new South America Director. He held that position until June 5, 2020, in spite of the crippling automobile accident he suffered in 2008 in which he lost his right leg.
Roger and Kay have now joined BIMI’s Assistance and Relief Missionaries division, usually referred to as ARM. The Blevins’ fluency in Spanish and their more than 40 years of experience in missions have prepared Roger and Kay well for their responsibilities with the ARM ministry, which will include
1) continuing to teach and help to prepare missionary candidates for a lifetime of missionary service;
2) visiting Hispanic ministries in churches around the country to encourage them and assist them, if possible, in their church planting and evangelization efforts;
3) preaching in missions conferences, special missions Sundays, revivals, chapel services, etc., in churches and schools across America;
4) sharing their still strong burden for South America and Hispanic ministries; and
5) introducing, representing, and promoting BIMI to churches and pastors who desire to become more familiar with the worldwide ministry of the Mission.
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