ROGERS ~ Rashelle Antinesia Rogers was born March 30, 1974 to Roosevelt Rogers, Jr. and the late Reverend Brenda Rogers Edge in Tampa, Florida. She attended the local public schools in Duval County and graduated from Paxon Senior High School. Upon graduation she attended Florida Agricultural & Mechanical University where she received her Bachelor of Science in Biology and Master of Environmental Science Degrees. She was in the first graduating class of the Master of Environmental Science Program at FAMU.
Rashelle’s career began as a professor of Science at Samuel W. Wolfson High School in Duval County. It was during this time that she could no longer ignore the call of God upon her life, “Go and make my people whole.” She answered His call and was later licensed to preach by Pastor Mark L. Griffin at Wayman Chapel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Jacksonville, Florida under the leadership of Pastor Mark Griffin and thereafter ordained an Itinerate Deacon in East Florida Conference of the 11th Episcopal District by Bishop John H Adams.
A thirst for more knowledge of God and in preparation to do God’s work, Rashelle was led to the Candler School of Theology at Emory University, Atlanta, Georgia where she studied intently and was awarded the Master of Divinity Degree. As she continued to seek knowledge and mature in Christ, she was later ordained an Itinerate Elder in the South Annual Conference of the 11th Episcopal District of African Methodist Episcopal Church by Bishop McKinley Young. Her multi-faceted ministry included: Senior Pastor of St. Paul AME Church in Marathon, Florida; Senior Pastor of Allen Temple AME Church in Riviera Beach, Florida and Associate Minister at St. James AME Church in Miami, Florida. Additionally, she was employed as a Chaplain with VITAS Healthcare where she provided pastoral care to hospice patients until her health failed.
Rashelle was very passionate about education, and her goal was to complete a Doctorate in Ministry. She accomplished that goal after successfully completing a rigorous and in-depth program of study in Ministry at the Payne Theological Seminary in Wilberforce, Ohio. She received her Doctorate in Ministry May 10, 2019 and was the first member of the 11th Episcopal District to receive a doctorate degree in ministry from the Payne Theological Seminary.
Rashelle’s favorite pastime was traveling, painting and enjoying time with family and friends. She especially adored her niece, Akaylah and nephew, Trenton; and cherished and enjoyed spending time with them. She was a mentor at the Children’s Home Society and a dedicated and active member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.
On Monday, December 2, 2019, The Reverend Doctor Rashelle Rogers answered the call and reported to her Master. I have fought a good fight… I have finished my course… I have kept the faith. Therefore, we rejoice and believe that she has received the gift of eternal life, and that she’s now resting in the presence of the Lord along with her beloved mother The Reverend Brenda Rogers Edge; grandparents, Roosevelt and Jessie W. Rogers, Jake Riggins Sr. and Maggie Lewis-Dunson Spivey.
She leaves to cherish her memory a devoted father: Roosevelt Rogers, Jr. (Edith) of Jacksonville, Florida; brothers; Pastor Roosevelt N. Rogers III (Tarisha), of Havana, Florida and The Reverend Rashard J. Rogers of Riviera Beach, Florida; step-sisters, Tanya R. Christensen and Janine D Williams, both of Jacksonville, Florida; host of uncles, aunts, nephews, nieces, cousins, and friends.
Family and friends will gather to celebrate the life of Reverend Dr. Rashelle Rogers 11:00 AM Wednesday, December 11, 2019, at St. Paul AME Church, 6910 New Kings Rd, Reverend Dr. Marvin Zanders, Pastor. Visitation TUESDAY from 4 – 6:00 PM. Interment in Beaches Memorial, Atlantic Beach, FL. Arrangements entrusted to J. E. Fralin & Sons Funeral & Cremation Services, 5065 Soutel Dr, 904.924.9400.
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