Dr. Roger McKenzie

Minister of Youth and Christian Education

Roger McKenzie is the Minister of Youth and Christian Education. He has 2 adult children and 4 grandchildren. He lives in St. Albans with his dog, Buster Brown. Roger loves the outdoors where he enjoys flatwater kayaking and backpacking. His favorite sports are NASCAR and college basketball.


  • Ph.D. Educational Studies, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, 1997.  (Dissertation: Longevity Versus Leaving Youth Ministry: Factors Influencing Careers Among Youth Ministers. Examines adult life-cycle development and workplace factors on youth pastor tenures.)
  • M.Div., Anderson University School of Theology, 1985.
  • B.A., Anderson University, 1982.

Ministry Experience

  • Minister of Youth and Christian Education, First Baptist Church, Saint Albans, West Virginia, since September 2018.
  • Professor of Religion for Youth Ministry and Spiritual Formation, Southern Wesleyan University, Central, South Carolina, 1998-2018. 
  • Adjunct Professor, John Wesley College, High Point, North Carolina 1996-98.
  • Church Planting Pastor, Friendship Community Church, Greensboro, North Carolina, 1992-98.
  • Teacher, Waukegan Christian School, Zion, Illinois, 1991-92.
  • Teaching Assistant, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, Deerfield, Illinois, 1990-91.
  • Associate Pastor for Christian education and youth, Fifth Avenue Church of God, South Charleston, West Virginia, 1985-90.
  • Youth Pastor, West Washington Street Church of God, Indianapolis, Indiana, 1980-85.