Rev. Roger N. Eimers Sr.
Rev. Roger N. Eimers Sr. went into the arms of Jesus, early on Sunday morning, July 26, 2020. He had fought a hard battle for five weeks with new found heart disease and had been home from the hospital only five days when he suddenly went home while in the arms of his high school sweetheart and beloved wife of 55 years, Wendy Payne Eimers.
He was born May 31, 1943, to the late Earl and Florence Eimers. Roger graduated from Ripley Central School in 1961 and headed to Hobart College where he graduated with honors in 1965. He taught mathematics at Southwestern High School in Jamestown, N.Y. for seven years and attended Syracuse University in the summers where he earned his masters degree in mathematics.
In 1972, Roger felt God calling him into ministry and left Jamestown to attend Tennessee Temple University in Chattanooga, Tenn. While in seminary he taught math at Tennessee Temple High School.
Soon after completing his Master’s of Divinity, Roger and Wendy moved back to Chautauqua County where they founded Lake Erie Baptist Church. He resigned LEBC in 1984 when he became sick with lead and mercury poisoning. He was out of ministry for several years until he founded Faith Baptist Church in 1991. Roger always called Faith Baptist a church for hurting people. Pastor Eimers accepted everyone right where they were and allowed people to be who they were without trying to fix them, leaving that to God. He retired five years ago. He sacrificed his life to serve others and to tell everyone he could be in contact with about salvation through Jesus.
Roger is survived by eight children: Laurie (Rick) Trudeau, Virginia, Roger Jr. (Laurie) Eimers, Florida, Jennifer (Will) Everhart, North Carolina, Stephen (Melissa) Eimers, Tennessee, Mary (Tim) Overbeck, Jamestown, N.Y., David (Jen) Eimers, Virgina, Daniel (Bonita) Eimers, Tennessee, and Joshua (Brittany) Eimers, Virginia. He is further survived by 26 grandchildren; two brothers: Dr. Lee Eimers, Ohio, and Richard Eimers. Ripley, N.Y.; and a sister, Cheryl Brown, Tennessee. He also leaves behind several cousins, nieces, and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents; and his beloved granddaughter, Hannah Eimers.
There will be a celebration of life for relatives and friends in the parking lot at Faith Baptist Church, 32 E. Second St., Dunkirk, N.Y., where memories can be shared. This will be at 1 p.m on Saturday, Aug. 1. The service will also be live streamed for out of town relatives and friends.
In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts may be sent to Faith Baptist Church (address above) or Chautauqua Hills Camp (1788 Old Chautauqua Road, Gerry, NY 14740).