OBITUARY

Roscoe Harrison Brewer Jr.

September 15, 1938December 8, 2011

Roscoe Brewer September 15, 1938 – December 8, 2011

On December 8, 2011, in his home in Canton, Georgia, Dr. Roscoe H. Brewer, Jr. walked through the gates of Heaven into the arms of his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Born on September 15, 1938 in Fort Worth, Texas to Roscoe H. Brewer, Sr. and Esta Lee (Hancock) Brewer, he later graduated from Amon Carter-Riverside High School and then Texas Wesleyan University with a BS in History and later receiving an honorary Doctor of Divinity degree from the California Graduate School of Theology. Most of his life was spent in ministry that started at age 22 until the time of his death, and with a passion for missions and seeing the Great Commission fulfilled. For the last twelve years he and his wife were members at First Baptist Church Woodstock. He is survived by his wife of almost 53 years, Margaret and four adult children, Jana Disney of Woodstock, Georgia, Paul Brewer of McKinney, Texas, Jamie Laster of Decatur, Georgia and Mark Brewer of Lynchburg, Virginia and ten grandchildren. Condolences may be offered at www.woodstockfuneralhome.com. For cards or letters, please send to Margaret Brewer, 213 Moore Valley Way Canton, Georgia 30115. Margaret and the Brewer family have requested that in lieu of flowers a contribution be made to EPIC International marked for the Founder's Memorial Fund (Brewer). Mail contributions to EPIC International P.O. Box 218 Holly Springs, Georgia 30142

Roscoe Brewer was the founder and president of EPIC International. Roscoe founded EPIC in 2000. E.P.I.C. stands for Enabling Partners in Church-Planting and exists for the purpose of finishing the task of Christ’s Great Commission by facilitating local churches to be personally engaged in equipping and empowering national believers among unreached peoples to plant self-replicating churches. The purpose of EPIC International is to model and mentor churches to birth and facilitate church-planting movements among unreached people groups in limited access areas by training, equipping and sponsoring believers to make disciples. EPIC has also been involved in translating, publishing and distributing scriptures where they are unavailable or inaccessible.

For over 45 years, Roscoe implemented missionary ventures and projects worldwide. He was a noted missions strategist and popular speaker for the cause of world evangelization. Dr. Johnny Hunt, former President of the Southern Baptist Convention, says, “Roscoe was the greatest missiologist he has ever known.” Roscoe founded S.M.I.T.E. (Student Missionary Intern Training for Evangelism) in 1965, as a young youth pastor, and thousands of youth and adults have ministered in hundreds of countries in short term programs through this ministry. He was the former chairman of the missions department of Liberty University and the former director of missions at Thomas Road Baptist Church. Roscoe had an instrumental role in making Liberty University what it is today. During his time at Liberty, he directed 16 teams of students that traveled all over the world each year. There are students from over 80 countries attending Liberty University today. Many of these students were put in contact with Liberty through the missions outreach that Roscoe led at Liberty University for nearly a decade.

Roscoe has always had a gift for strategic thinking and innovation in the area of missions. He was sought after for his passion for the unreached peoples of the world. He was always working to create new partnerships around the world so that we could see the nations reached. He had an undying burden for the Kingdom of God and it was contagious to anyone who came in contact with him

Since its inception in 2000, EPIC International has seen thousands of Bibles distributed, and over 85,000 churches have been planted in the unreached areas of our world. There have been more than 1 million new believers born into the Kingdom through the influence of EPIC International.

In the fall of 2009, Roscoe was honored with the Founder’s Recognition of Excellence at Liberty University. He was honored for his dedication and excellence in developing the foreign missions program for Liberty University and the Old Time Gospel Hour.

Roscoe ended his two-year battle with cancer on Dec. 8, 2011 at 11:25 p.m. surrounded by his wife, Margaret and his four children.

Roscoe resided in Canton, Georgia with his wife, Margaret. They celebrated 52 years of marriage in February 2011. They have four married children: Jana, Paul, Jamie and Mark and ten grandchildren.

Services

  • Visitation Tuesday, December 13, 2011
  • Celebration of Life Tuesday, December 13, 2011
  • Burial Tuesday, December 13, 2011
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Roscoe Harrison Brewer Jr.

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Helen Richardson-Northrup

October 1, 2012

I just came from the funeral of Mary Lois Kennedy. I thought I would see Roscoe there. When I didn't I came home to find that he had passed. I was so sorry to see he had passed. But, so glad to know he was in heaven to welcome Mary Lois home.
I think of you all often, and the kids, my how they have changed.
Helen Northrup
hanorthrup@yahoo.com

John Moore

April 23, 2012

Roscoe was my youth pastor at Kansas City Baptist Church way back in the late sixties and early seventies. I just leared of his passing today. I would like to say to his family that Roscoe had an enormous impact on my life that I have carried with me all these years. Without Roscoe's loving guidance at one of the most critical crossroads of my young life, I am sure the path I would have chosen would have led to disaster. I would not be the man I am today without Roscoe's influence. God Bless. John Braxton Moore. (Chicago, Il)

April 16, 2012

I just now found out about this. So sorry to hear this, but happy for Roscoe. Sending much love to his wonderful wife and family. Roscoe was the one who baptized me in 1970. I am Gwen Traders sister Sue. I think he probably knew us under the last name Barnett.I was fortunate enough to get to see both him and his wife a year or so ago at the Baptist Temple in K.C. where he once was on staff and where he was when I was baptized. I so glad to see them both after so many years. Wonderful person and loved by so many.
Carolyn Sue Dirks (Barnett)

Brenda Cormier

December 31, 2011

Mrs. Brewer although I have never met your husband and only spoke to him on the phone he seemed like a wonderful man. I am so sorry to hear of his passing and know my thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

Mark Reynolds

December 27, 2011

When I think of 'world-changers', Roscoe is the first one that comes to my mind. I know of no one who had a better grasp of missiology than Roscoe. He was a man ahead of his time.

Roscoe was my youth pastor at TBT in Tulsa. I was called to full-time ministry under him. And through the years, he has impacted my life with the authentic life that he lived. Whatever he did, he did it with everything in him. He has advised and mentored me through the years.

He and Margaret are a shining testimony of the grace of God. He will be greatly missed.

Mark Reynolds

Aldrin Roy

December 20, 2011

Roscoe had led pioneer translations & printing of Bibles in new languages. I had the privilege to work with him in a couple of projects and infact he became a partner to invest his time, money, efforts towards establishing a printing facility here in India. We trust and pray that these efforts would continue to bear fruits in the days to come. I'm sure that he has many more plants sown across the world without any advertisements which the Kingdom of God would reward him and his family members here too.May God comfort and bless those who helped him during his sick times.

John Frasure

December 13, 2011

Roscoe was a great man. He encouraged my family to move to Lynchburg, Virginia. I taught his children at Lynchburg Christian Academy and will always be grateful for his support and teaching.

Ken Harp

December 13, 2011

Roscoe's sermons, encouragement, and vocal music coaching had a lasting impact on my life, which I can never forget and for which I will ever be grateful!
For example (at a TBT gym lock-in), I remember his descriptions of the attitudes of each character in his sermon on the story of the Good Samaritan: (1) the robber: "What's yours is MINE!" (2) the temple assistant : "What's mine is MINE!" (3) the good Samaritan: "What's mine is YOURS!"
Without Roscoe's encouragement to participate in mission trips to Mexico and Ecuador (in the 1960s), and his vocal music coaching (as a member of the TBT choir & the "Crescendos"), I would probably not have obtained a scholarship to college nor would I have learned fluent Spanish!

December 13, 2011

I was in Roscoe's youth group at Tulsa Baptist Temple in OK. Went on several of the SMITE mission trips and those trips changed my life. Thank you for a life lived with eternity in mind. Nancy Barnes Abercrombie (Tulsa, OK)

Marty Frisk

December 12, 2011

I went to minister in Turkey as result of Roscoe's tears on the platform of a chapel at Liberty University in the fall of 1977.