|On January 17, 1927, Roger James Transpers began his earthly life in New Orleans, Louisiana . He finished his course Tuesday, June 23, 1992. His parents and wife preceded him in death.
Roger received his secondary education at Gilbert Academy in New Orleans. He attended Clark College and Ruston College. At Ruston, he met and married Bonnie Hazley.
During young adulthood, Roger heard and answered the call to Christian ministry. He entered the ministry in the Upper Mississippi Conference. In 1952, he transferred to the Louisiana Conference. He served churches in Baldwin, Natchitoches, Clinton, Bogalusa, Mansfield, Morgan City, Berwick, and New Orleans. He retired in 1985 while pasturing St. Phillip United Methodist Church in New Orleans.
Upon retirement, he returned to his beloved Mount Zion United Methodist Church, New Orleans, where he was nurtured and reared in childhood. After declining health and death this writer conducted his funeral service at Mount Zion on June 29, 1992.
Roger James Transpers will be remembered for his intellectual, interpersonal, devotional, and homiletical skills. “A preacher’s preacher,” he was homiletically inclined all the time. One day, as we walked and talked along the way, he inquired, “How old is God?” I pondered momentarily, then replied, “That’s a good question.” He responded, “From everlasting to everlasting, thou art God.”
Thanks be to God for giving us “a preacher’s preacher.”
|Source: Journal Louisiana Conference, 1993; p. 239 By Rev. Leslie P. Norris|