Pastor Roger Ball

Pastor Roger Ball

December 24, 1955 ~ November 14, 2021

Date of Service:
December 18, 2021

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Pastor Roger Ball, 65, danced his way into heaven suddenly on November 14th, 2021 at Cleveland Clinic Indian River Hospital. He was born in Bluefield, West Virginia on December 24th.

Roger was a proud graduate from Princeton High School. In January of 1975, he connected with his future wife Laura on the request line of WKOY Radio. Despite the fact they attended rival high schools, Roger and Laura fell head over heels for each other. Their first date was on February 21st and united in marriage 6 months later on September 6th. Roger then went onto work for WJLS Radio in Beckly, West Virginia. During his this time, his first daughter Stacy Renee was born.

In 1980, Roger took the opportunity to move to Florida to manage WTTB Radio. Shortly after the move to Vero Beach, his second daughter Angela Nicole was born. In 1984, he opened up his Ad agency called Ad-Venture.

In 1991, in answer to the call, Roger shut the doors of the agency and became Youth Pastor at Immanuel Church, now known as Freedom Church. Seven years later, he became the lead Pastor, a title he faithfully kept for 23 years.

In addition to his love and dedication to God, Roger also had a passion for helping the broken and less fortunate. In 2014, he became involved with Dynamic Life Rehab. No matter what path of life you were on, he was always there to help, support, love and share the word of God. He made sure everyone knew he was no better than them, often wearing a shirt that said “I am Second”. When asked how he was doing, he would always reply, “better than I deserve”. Roger’s passion for ministry was spread far and beyond Vero Beach, Florida. In 2003, he went on his first Brazil mission trip through Pioneers Mission Global. On this trip, he fell in love with the culture and people. From that year until his most recent trip in October 2021, Roger took 17
trips, helped build 17 churches, and developed many relationships with people in the community.

Roger was a son, a brother, a husband, a father, a grandfather and a friend to all. He will be greatly missed.

Predeceased by his parents, John and Christine Ball and his brother, James Ball. His dog, Isaac.

Survived by his loving wife, Laura Ball. His sister Kathy Ferguson (Chris). His two daughters Stacy Macdonald (Scot) and Angela Tappen (Daniel). His grandchildren, Morgan Ball-Monroe, Nicholas Macdonald, Emilee Macdonald, Camden Macdonald and Lucy Tappen.

Celebration of life will be held at Freedom Church on Saturday December 18th, 2021 at 3:30 pm. A live stream will also be available on the FreedomChurchLife.com website and the Freedom Church Facebook page @mychurchfamily. Attendees are encouraged to write the family a letter with your favorite memory of Roger. A designated area will be provided at the service.

In lieu of flowers, the family ask that financial contributions be made to one of Roger’s favorite causes. Pioneers Missions Global, Dynamic Life Ministries or Freedom Church.

Checks may be mailed to:
Pioneers Mission Global
℅ Michelle Warren
25 74 Christmasville Core Suite H
Jackson, Tn 38305

Please note on the check P-1-20-1000-Freedom Church Chapel Project.
Dynamic Life Ministries
455 58th Ave SW
Vero Beach, Fl 32960

Freedom Church
455 58th Ave SW
Vero Beach, Fl 32960

Arrangements are by Thomas S. Lowther Funeral Home & Crematory, Vero Beach.

Date of Service:
December 18, 2021

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Condolence

Ingrid - Church member

November 23, 2021, 5:15 pm

Thank you Roger for your faithful service. To the Ball family, I pray for your comfort and rest. We will never understand your pain, but are here for hugs along the way. Love you much Laura.

Melody Wolverton - Friend

November 23, 2021, 5:29 pm

Roger, you have left a hole in our hearts and in our lives. We are frozen in grief one minute and laughing hysterically at a memory the next. You touched each of us in a very personal way and we will all miss you forever. I hope you have so many questions for Jesus that he can’t get any sleep – like I did you on the plane to Brazil my first year in 2010. It was a joke between us since that time. I have said since your passing that this is just like you to have to be one ahead – you just had to get to heaven before the rest of us. Save me a seat, I will be there soon enough. Until then my friend, my pastor, my confidante, my partner in jokes I will miss you so much. ❤️

Emily Ball - Cousin

November 23, 2021, 5:59 pm

Laura, words just don’t seem to be enough. Please know you and your family are in my daily prayers and thoughts. Loss like this is like nothing else. Lean on your girls, and most of all – lean on your Jesus. He will carry you and guide you, no greater love. Such a beautiful family reunion in heaven.

Pamela Kranenburg - Friend

November 23, 2021, 7:58 pm

Many years back at WTTB we met, then I went to work for Roger at ad-venture and our families met! Then our lives each took different turns only to renew old friendships at my time of need when my husband passed! Roger did such a great service people were so comfortable with him and his message – who would have thought we would stay friends til Roger’s passing! So sad – he will be missed by many! I believe God needed your service on the bright side! Will miss you! Laura if you need to chat and share I’m here – losing your life partner is different than all other loss!

Davene Madsen - friend

November 23, 2021, 8:05 pm

You were truly one of a kind. Loved very much! I thank God he brought you into my life. You will be greatly missed. Laura may God hold you tightly in his arms along with your daughters. May God give you strength and comfort to carry on in this life.

Deborah Heil - Lifetime friend

November 23, 2021, 8:18 pm

My dear Laura and family, I agree with those admitting there are no appropriate words to come from my heart to yours…..you know I love you and your family as I always have. I know you will be strong with Jesus by your side..,.you have my constant prayers and remain in my thoughts…. Wish I could be there to give you a hug….

jeff and hannah - friends

November 23, 2021, 8:43 pm

One of our favorite people ever; welcoming, heartfelt, understanding and Godly. We will always miss you our friend…

Michael Catapano - Friend

November 23, 2021, 9:01 pm

Roger was a friend. He was also a spiritual leader that I held in high regard. I respected and loved this man. He stood out in the crowd as someone who really loved life and knew we weren’t here to waste time. I’ll miss dropping in on him. He always had time for everyone. I’ll cherish the private chats and the praying we shared. I am going to miss him terribly.

Marcelo Najah Fakhouri - A brother

November 23, 2021, 9:18 pm

From Brazil,Marcelo Fakhouri(Bethlehem Ministry-Assembly of God). I’ve been praying for family,since I was told. God keeps His blessing upon you all.

Gail Brown

November 24, 2021, 12:57 am

Although I had not seen Roger in many years I always thought so highly of him. I met Roger when I was in sales many years ago. I sold him tee shirts for his ad agency, Ad-venture. He was always very courteous and respectful. I was so sorry to hear of his passing. I know he lives with Jesus now. May the Lord give his family comfort and peace during such a difficult time.

Robert E. Stone - Friend

November 24, 2021, 2:02 am

A true friend who was always there. He counseled me many times and I became a better person because of it. I have message on phone that came 3 days before he went to be with his Lord and Savior Jesus. It merely said “love ya brother”. He, Laura and I were born in West Virginia not too far apart. I love him and will miss him. My prayers are with his lovely wife, Laura beautiful daughters Stacy and Angie. “Love ya brother”!

Ann Spencer - Friend

November 24, 2021, 3:39 am

My dear sweet Laura. My heart is broken for you and your children. I know with your strong faith and God by your side, you will get stronger with every passing day. Roger was truly a man God. He loved life and it showed. He will be missed by many, but heaven gained what we have lost.

Francisco Araújo - Friend

November 24, 2021, 4:35 am

Pr.Francisco Araújo – Friend. Thank you God we all had the great privilege of having pastor Roger Ball blessing is with his life and ministry he marked my life,my ministry and my family.

Delina and James - Friend

November 24, 2021, 11:43 am

Roger was a friend, a mentor, and mostly a favorite person. Roger always made time for our family and has been instrumental in our lives over the last four years. We will cherish every talk especially the last. We will have that cup of cocoa in his memory this winter and the Christmas decorations will be all that more special. Our hearts will forever hold a spot for time with Roger. It will be there until we meet again. Our hearts are with Laura and his girls. May they receive an abundance of peace and comfort.

Mark Weinberg - former employee

November 24, 2021, 12:01 pm

Roger was my boss at WTTB radio decades ago when I was hired as news director. He was always positive, friendly, and supportive. Everyone Roger met instantly felt like family.

Rhonda Saxon - Friend-hairstylist

November 24, 2021, 12:34 pm

Im still in disbelief. God has his reasons. I don’t know who im going to call with my silly questions now. Roger helped alot of people including me with celebrate recovery. He always had a funny to tell me while cutting his hair. You are going to leave a big hole in alot of lives but im sure God will fill it. Love you and see you soon.

Tom & Kim Edgecomb - Former church members

November 24, 2021, 1:48 pm

Roger, what a space of emptiness your “graduation” is leaving for those of us left behind! You are a one-in-a-million man of God! We are so grateful you were there to see our family through one of the darkest hours we have thus endured. Our prayers continue for peace and comfort for your loved ones!

Kim Rogers - Friend

November 24, 2021, 2:42 pm

My heart is broken . Not for Roger …. I can only imagine that homecoming! I’m sure my Billy was right there too ❤️ But with this so fresh in my own life, Laura, my heart is breaking for you. The loss is very real. And for your girls and grandkids!!! Just know all of you are in my prayers and I’m here when you want to talk or just go do coffee or lunch. You are loved ❤️. Kim

Kim Kranenburg Durrell - Friend

November 24, 2021, 3:57 pm

Our paths crossed 37 years ago when I was just 16 years old. My mom got her first job in Vero Beach with Roger. I recall many stories during the days of WTTB and Ad-Venture. Every time I stopped in, Roger greeted me with a BIG smile and probably a joke or two. PG rated of course. I followed Rogers Virtual Church during Covid always waiting to see where he would choose to hold it and what the message would be for my listening ears. Our family knew at the time my father passed there was no one more befitting to conduct his service than Roger. We will be forever grateful for him to help us understand, take comfort in the afterlife and know there truly is a better life waiting for us. There is no one more deserving of earning his wings. Prayers for His lovely family, take comfort in knowing Roger left a legend and will be with you in spirit always.

Mike cianci - Friend

November 25, 2021, 7:11 pm

Love y’a my brother, my mentor and my friend.

Mokoban Elsie

November 26, 2021, 2:31 am

I did not know Pastor Rogers intimately but from his FB posts, especially during all of last year 2020, I could see his big heart for humanity and the Kingdom of God. His sincerity of heart and deep love for all people are still to be admired! Rest in the arm of your Lord. ** My sincere condolences to the family.

Nech - Mentee

November 26, 2021, 1:40 pm

You have made such a difference in my life. I can never forget you. You are a great example of Christ’s love and I will try to follow that for all my days. I love and miss you “big brother”.

MATHEUS FERREIRA MAIA - Mentored and friend

November 28, 2021, 3:26 pm

Pastor Roger was like a father in faith to me, a mentor. I used to listen to him with such joy. I admire him so much for the care, love and patience he had for people. He really had a Brazilian heart, he understood us and captivated us with his smile and compassionate look. Ah, how I will miss him! But from now on, I will remember even more fondly each of his sermons and experiences that made him the authentic Pastor Roger Ball, a chosen one of the Lord who touched thousands of lives with Jesus’s grace and love. One of the last words I remember coming out of his mouth on October 14th, 2021 in a breakfast table at the foot of the Rio Preto in the city of Formosa do Rio Preto, Bahia – Brazil was, “whatever it costs is the price to be paid so that those I love deeply can also know the greatness of Jesus’ love.” Laura, Stacy, Angela, Kathy, Chris, Scott, Daniel and granchildren, I can’t imagine the pain you are still feeling and will still feel, but I can tell you that Jesus is with you every single day and can strengthen you and He can renew your hope that one day you will meet Roger in glory. And He who says this does not lie, but is faithful to fulfill it! I and my Church in Brazil have been praying for you every day. We wish we could be with you to hug and cry together, but please receive our words from the bottom of our hearts. We love you!

George Lynch - Friend

November 28, 2021, 5:05 pm

Pastor, mentor, FRIEND! While I remain on the Island of Misfit Toys… I am glad you are enjoying your time with Jesus. Glad to ha e you in my Great Cloud of Witnesses

Nikki Rafferty King - Friend

November 28, 2021, 10:58 pm

My sweet dear friend- You blessed me in so many ways. Your big smile & hugs were the best! . Thank you for your wise council & encouragement. How I wish I had gotten the chance to bring Nik to meet you..as you once asked me.. Thank you for praying for my son! That meant everything to me! We will never forget you Pastor!! Praying for your family.. You always said to me- “Welcome Home”- when I was able to visit Freedom Church! Now it the Lord Himself- saying “Welcome Home son”… selah

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