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Tom Rodgers

Tom Rodgers
December 7, 1947 - June 30, 2018

Dr. Thomas Arthur Rodgers-- better known as Tom, Pastor, Coach, Dad and Papa-- finished his race and was immediately in the presence of his heavenly Father on Saturday afternoon, June 30. He left behind his soulmate, best friend and wife of 47 wonderful years, Charma Kay (Betz) Rodgers; devoted daughters Chandra (Chandy) Rodgers Lane and Charissa Rodgers Steinruck; son-in-law Jeremy Steinruck; and five cherished grandchildren: Ethan Thomas, Jackson Scott, Olivia Grace, Claire Marie and Jude Timothy, all of Wichita Falls, TX. His parents John and Elinor Rodgers, sister and brother-in-law Carol and Jay Monroe and sister-in-law Debby Rodgers, all remain in Akron, OH. Tom also left behind a host of extended Betz and Rodgers family, fellow shepherd of 40 years Reggie Coe, elders and staff of Grace Church whom he loved, men he trained in morning Bible Studies, and a multitude of dear friends. Tom was preceded in death by his infant son Lance Timothy, brother Jim Rodgers, father-in-law Clegg Betz, and two infant grandsons Christian and David.

Tom was born on December 7, 1947, but his life really started at the age of 18 when he began his personal relationship with Jesus Christ. He graduated from Baldwin Wallace College before moving to Texas in 1970 to play for the Dallas Cowboys and attend Dallas Bible College. He married Charma in 1971. They briefly moved while he played for the New York Giants then returned to Texas to play for the Houston Oilers. He graduated from Dallas Theological Seminary with a Masters of Theology in 1976 and joined the staff of Grace Church in Wichita Falls. He earned a Doctor of Ministry from Phoenix Seminary in 1998.

Tom lived intentionally. He accepted people as they were and loved them well, extending grace to everyone. He was passionate about the study and teaching of Godís word and deliberate about building it into his relationships with the people of Grace Church and the Wichita Falls community. Over the past 42 years, Tom enjoyed investing his time as an assistant football coach at Notre Dame Catholic School, Chaplain for the WFPD, adjunct professor of Biblical Studies at MSU, member of the hospital ethics committee and served on the boards of Christ Counseling Ministry and Faith Mission & Faith Refuge. It was his greatest joy to see people come to know Christ as their personal Savior and mentor them in their spiritual growth.

Tom found rest for his soul each summer, surrounded by Godís creation, with his family in the cool air and majestic mountains of Colorado. He enjoyed fly-fishing, hunting and traveling with friends and family. He will be fondly remembered for his booming voice, big bear hugs, infectious laugh and smile that could light up a room. He will be sorely missed for his wise counsel, sharp mind and godly leadership. His deepest longing was to honor the Savior with his life (Hebrews 12: 1-2).

A Memorial service will be held Tuesday, July 3 at 10:00 a.m. in the Grace Church Chapel, Wichita Falls, with overflow seating in the gymnatorium with a live streaming video. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Grace Church Building Fund or Faith Mission & Faith Refuge.