Rev. Dr. Roger Ross, Tempero Sandall Speaker

April 15, 2018 at Topeka First United Methodist Church

Are you energized by our efforts to engage with downtown Topeka, like Cocoa, Cookies, and Carols and Downtown Connection Week? Do you get excited about helping our community through our missions projects? Find out how we can take this momentum a step further at our Tempero Sandall workshop on Sunday, April 15th!
On April 15th, the Rev. Dr. Roger Ross will deliver an exciting message at all three of our worship services. Then he will lead a Sunday afternoon workshop, made possible by our Tempero Sandall Endowed Fellowship.
The workshop on Sunday afternoon, from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m., is free and open to all. At the workshop, Ross will lead a discussion about how we can take our passion for transforming lives beyond our walls and out into the community. There is sure to be practical advice for members of churches of all sizes.

About Roger Ross

A native of Cambridge, Illinois, Ross has served as a pastor in Texas, the British Channel Island of Guernsey, and Illinois. He has been involved in planting two new churches and recently served as senior pastor of First United Methodist Church in Springfield, Illinois. In July of 2017, Roger became the Director of Congregational Excellence in the Missouri Conference of the UMC where he leads a team responsible for new church starts and the transformation of existing churches across Missouri. He is the author of Meet The Goodpeople: Wesley’s 7 Ways to Share Faith (Abingdon Press). Roger is married to Leanne Klein Ross, and they have two college-age children, Zach and Jane. He loves spending time with family, reading, sports, SCUBA diving, and traveling in different cultures. He also has a weakness for golf.

You can keep up with Roger on his blog at

Calendar of Events:

Sunday Morning: Dr. Ross will preach at all three services.
  • 8:15 a.m. Casual, traditional worship in our Klasse Chapel
  • 9:30 a.m. Praise & Worship with our band in our Klasse Chapel
  • 11:00 a.m. Traditional worship in our Sanctuary
Sunday Afternoon: Workshop led by Dr. Ross
  • 2:00-4:00 p.m. Gather for the workshop in our Fellowship Hall
Worship Online:

If you can’t make it to our church, but would still appreciate the chance to hear Dr. Ross speak, we invite you to join us in worship through our Sunday morning live stream.


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Meet the Goodpeople Book Study

After hearing from Dr. Ross on April 15th, keep that energy moving forward by meeting with others to read and discuss his book, “Meet the Goodpeople.” Michael Turner will facilitate the class on Wednesday evenings at 6:15, April 18th-May 23rd. Sign up for this book study on our Church Connection Portal. 

About Tempero Sandall

The Tempero Sandall Endowed Fellowship was created in 1982 in order to provide the members of Topeka First UMC and the community with opportunities to enrich their religious experience through workshops, lectures, seminars, and performances.