BRYCE ROSKENS, ASSOCIATE PASTOR
Most of my childhood & youth was shaped in the great state of South Dakota, the place where I was born and raised. I spent my first 18 years living in the metropolis of Emery (about 400 people). I suppose you could call me a “church kid” as I went to church with my parents at least 3 times a week, if not more. My parents raised me in a Christian home and gave me the first look at what it means to actively serve within the church.
While I was a good church attender for quite some time, I didn’t start my journey with Jesus until I was 11 years old. I started that journey by putting my faith in Him at Crystal Springs Baptist Camp in North Dakota. I say that I started my journey with Him then because I didn’t fully grasp what it meant to be a Christian and there wasn’t much of a change in my own life at that young of an age. I started to take my relationship with Jesus seriously during my junior and senior years in High School— I started enjoying church and being a part of our youth ministry. It was during this time in my life that I started dating my future wife Amber (much too young!), who also lived in Emery.
After High School, I began a wild ride of actually listening to God and obeying His leading. The wild ride began with me attending a mission school in Arkansas and going on several mission trips to China, Hong Kong, Mexico, and Honduras. Then God brought me to the University of Sioux Falls. I began as a secondary education major but soon found my education classes not that appealing. It was in an entry level religion class where I felt God calling me into full time pastoral ministry. I changed majors at USF, attended seminary, and have been enjoying full time service in the church ever since!
Interests: I like to have fun! I love to hang out with my wife Amber and kids Macy, Mercedes, Meadow & Memphis. We enjoy having people over to our house for fellowship, games, movies or you name it. And when I’m not with the fam, you’ll probably find me watching sports (on T.V. & or H.S. games) or playing sports. During the warm months in Iowa, there’s a good chance you’ll see me out hacking it up on the golf course and during the winter months, I love to play pick-up basketball when I get the chance.
Serving the youth of our communities and our church has been a huge blessing for the last 14 years. I look forward to continuing our mission of helping students and their families Follow Jesus… Further!
Master of Divinity, North American Baptist Seminary, 2005
Bachelor of Arts (Philosophy & Theology), University of Sioux Falls, 2003