Roger grew up in Regina. As a young man, he went north to Fort Churchill (no longer in existence), where he met and married Patricia. During eight years in Ottawa, their four children, David, Judith, Robert and Andrew were born.
After being transferred to Thompson, Manitoba, he attended a local church. But it was while attending a conference in Brandon, on the Holy Spirit, that he met the Lord. He has known the hand of the Lord on his life ever since.