ForeverMissed
This memorial website was created to pay tribute to the life of Sy Rogers. His life touched thousands and thousands of people for God's glory. Although words cannot adequately express the deep sense of loss we all feel at his passing, your tributes here will be an incredible blessing to his family and all those who mourn with them.
Posted by Tyrone Scandurra on April 21, 2020
To an amazing man with an amazing ministry. Until we see each other again. My thoughts are with all the family and friends you have left behind.
Posted by Sean Clancy on April 21, 2020
I first came across Sy Rogers when I was touring with No Longer Music in Singapore. I was beating myself up about stopping a fast because of a egg club sandwich and he put things in perspective for me. Over the years I would see him from time to time. He coined for me the term infotainment - which he always displayed through his ministry and testimony. There's a lot more I could say about Sy... but this is a blow. I know that he's now experiencing heaven and filling in the very questions of his fast knowledge :)
Blessings to Karen and his daughter who I also met while they were in the No Longer Music family.
Posted by Ray Sullivan on April 21, 2020
Sy,

My good friend...it is hard knowing we cannot talk any longer. I will cherish all the memories and events. I will sorely miss laughing with you and hearing you speak forty times over--many teachings (It was always new). Thank you for speaking, The Father heart of God and for being uniquely you.

I loved hearing you talk about Karen, Grace, Steve, those cute grandkids, Jane, and your extended family (YOU LOVED BIG). You could not wait to see everyone after being away while serving. Now it's all of us who will miss you!

The world has lost a significant hero and yet you have imparted so much for us all to use in living life. Thank you for providing a container of sorts, for all people--a model for empathy, understanding, and connection! You cared more about people's minds, hearts, and souls instead of winning an argument (instead of religion or a mindset). You were a safe person for many people who thought they did not like you and then, they realized they were wrong. Jesus was able to welcome people through you and into discipleship or conversation (time and time again).

Large gatherings of people often got to hear from you...how you were vulnerable in your relationships with others and God. How you resisted, avoided, kicked, screamed at times too. And my favorite...how you obsessed over whether you were good enough or not (mostly because you wanted to make a point clear enough about what God's character is really like; in the minds of people), and then...you talked about how you would eventually surrender and rely on Jesus. You always brought the house down Sy! You served up, that which had worked for you and gave back the very value and insight, that which you received in and through loving mercies from God. Thanks for being messy, yet a responsible human being.

Big tears for you Sy! See you one day on the other side. Much love.

Posted by Peter Ould on April 21, 2020
I first met Sy over a decade ago. During a long dinner we chatted theology whilst sharing a good bottle of wine and I discussed some of the work I'd been doing around a Christology of Sex and the way that the Bible uses sexual imagery powerfully in it's story of salvation.

Fast forward a decade and when we met up again he told me that he'd used one of the key points I'd made at that dinner ever since and he thanked me for it. It was a typical humble moment from a man who many misunderstood as brash but actually was just incredibly confident in the Saviour who had rescued him and equipped him for ministry.

When I heard he had died I cried, which is weird for a bloke I'd only met in the flesh twice, but he had such an incredible impact upon all of us who minister in the area of sexual brokeness. My son and I watched the "Four Things" snippet on YouTube last night and he said "Wow, he's cool". Yes, Sy was cool. He was awesome. He was open. He was outrageous. He was Godly. He was Sy.

Rest eternal grant to him O Lord, and let light perpetual shine upon him:
May his soul, and the souls of all the departed, through the mercy of God rest in peace.
May they rise in glory.
Posted by Holland Davis on April 21, 2020
I just learned, my friend Sy Rogers is with the LORD. Sy Rogers is to me a picture of grace... the Powerful Presence of Jesus in the life of a believer. The power to transform and change. The power to restore and heal. He was one of the clearest voices of the Gospel of Grace and testimony of the power of God to save. Sy lived what many in our culture would say is an impossible life. He exchanged his old identity as a LGBTQ man for his new identity as a New Creation in Christ and God restored him to his created intent as a man, a husband to one female wife, a father and a grandfather and a spiritual father to many who sought their own Exodus out of a life of bondage to same sex attraction into a life of freedom and hope in Jesus Christ. I was privileged and honored to minister with Sy on many occasions. I always counted it an honor and a joy. We also shared that special bond that musicians share... although worship is much less theatrical than Sy's music! But more importantly, Sy was my friend. He will be missed in this life, but I know it's just a momentary pause. I will see you soon my friend.
Posted by Karen Blaq on April 21, 2020
Sy Rogers, words fail me, my deepest condolences and prayers go out to his family.
Sy changed the course of my life and work back in the 90's, when Phil Baker from Riverview church, Western Australia. Brought him out to help me set up a ministry centred around sexual health.
That was the beginning of a wonderful friendship and mentorship and I learnt so much from him, how to be truthful about difficult issues and about being humble. He always relied on Jesus and the Holy spirit for everything and prayer was central to everything he did.
I have memories that still leave me laughing in response to some of my friends questions,. They wanted me to ask him, " have you had a facelift', to which he showed me , no he said just good genes !!!, But by far the most precious memory was when he came to Western Australia for one of our sexuality seminars and my Dad-was dying.
He sat with me , cried with me and helped me release him to the lord. My Dad died and went to be with Jesus three days later.
I will never forget him, no other person has had such a lasting impact on my life and destiny and I know that I am not alone in this.
See you in heaven dear friend

Karen
Posted by Derek Dunn Fbfull on April 20, 2020
I was shocked and saddened as I heard the news last night that Sy passed away. I first met Sy in Singapore as he was a frequent speaker and helped us to set up some infrastructure in our pastoral care of those who struggle with sexual issues. He broke down many stigmas and rallied the church to reach the broken.

Sy was a great communicator, had a pastoral heart of gold and always emulated Christ in and off the stage. I always cherished our sushi lunches when he was in Singapore over the years with of course extra wasabi (his favorite).

Sy, you were a blessing to many and will be greatly missed and I know Heaven welcomes you with a standing ovation. Rest well friend. Our thoughts and prayers are with your wife Karen, your daughter and grandchildren.
Posted by Simonn Sim on April 21, 2020
Adios..... my friend....had learned much from you during the days in Choices Ministry (Church of Our Savior in Singapore ) learning to love and ministering to our fellow brothers.
You're an Angel!! Love.....
Posted by Kate Mackay on April 21, 2020
I loved hearing Sy preach - it was touching, beautiful and truthful. He will be missed. Thank you for your contribution on this Earth Sy xx
Posted by Simon Camilleri on April 21, 2020
I met and was able to sit under the teaching of Sy Rogers a few times many years ago. His passion, humour and story of redemption was such an inspiration and encouragement for me. He defied stereotypes, challenged expectations and pointed people to God's fatherly love and kindness. Sorry to see him go, but joyful that he now has received the crown of life waiting for him.
Posted by Joseph Nicolosi, Jr. on April 20, 2020
Sy, you've done so much to inspire, challenge and deeply care for others. Your bravery and honesty have inspired me, and the legacy you leave behind will continue to echo through time.
Posted by Richelle Mullins on April 21, 2020
I first heard Sy speak in our church Christian City Church which was meeting at Hopetoun Alpha in Auckland, it must have been around 25 years ago. I didn’t realise he was the guest speaker, I thought we had an interesting visitor to church that day. I was blown away when he got up to speak! His testimony was incredible and I was profoundly impacted. He visited our church as a guest speaker many many times after that and we all loved him so much. He and Karen were always so friendly and ready to offer advice and wisdom with how to reach out to my son who was struggling with identity issues. I will never forget their kindness and wisdom. Karen my thoughts and prayers are with you at this sad time. Kia Kaha my friend x
Posted by Marilza Gervais on April 21, 2020
I was invited to attend Sy's conference in Sao Paulo, Brazil in the 80s. My part was to help with the translation of the questions asked in Portuguese! That was my first contact with Sy. I was surprised with the enormous amount of people who attended, marveled with Sy genuineness, his love for the Lord and the power of his message! We became friends and I started my involvement with his ministry in Brazil and then in U.S.A. I was so glad when God gave him the joy of marrying Karen, Karen gave his precious Grace and Grace got married! It was wonderful to see God's blessings in Sy's life and also learn from him! His teachings in tapes and then in DVDs were the material I used in my support group for many years! It was my privilege meeting Sy! Oh and and he spoke a very nice Portuguese! Thank you Karen and Grace for sharing Sy with us! I love Sy and even my husband does! We will miss him but what a joy to think that now Sy met Jesus face to face!
Posted by Juliet God'sBeloved on April 21, 2020
Sad to hear of your passing beloved Sy. Thank you for completing the race with your faithfulness and passion. Am sure you have impacted thousands with your testimony and teachings.
It had been my privildge and joy to work alongside with you in Choices ministry in SG. You have left a deep iunforgettable inpact in my own life seeing how the vastness of our Beloved Daddy amazing Grace and tranformation through your walk  You will be sadly missed by all of us but never forgotten . Will see you in the near future, RIP bro. Praying the Love of God and His Strong comfort to embrace you beloved Karen, Grace and all your loved ones.
Posted by RuoYi WU on April 21, 2020
Thank you Sy Rogers for leaving a legacy in Singapore, especially in Choices MInistry (COOS). I first heard him at the pulpit in City Harvest Church in around 2002. Was very impacted by his sharing and his words literally pierce through my spirit and heart. After about 15 years, I was led by God to serve in Choices Ministry and I was so honored to be part of his legacy. Thank you once again.
God bless Karen and Grace, and the rest of the family members. Sy has fought a good fight of faith and will always be remembered.
I have not spoken to Sy but I am sure we will have opportunities in heaven!
Posted by Janet Boynes on April 20, 2020
I was saddened when I saw all the Facebook post regarding Sy’s transition from this life to eternal life.

Sy’s was not one of the best but the best person I ever heard speak on homosexuality. As a former lesbian myself, I could relate to Sy’s awesome story of Gods redemption.

May 3, 2019 I commented on a post from Sy on Instagram. I mentioned missing him in Minnesota. He commented back “Wonderful and anointed Janet!! Awesome to hear from you...we will catch up soon”. But we didn’t have that opportunity.

It was a privilege to have known him for the short time that I did. A man of compassion without compromising Gods word.

His legacy will be felt for many generations to come. ❤️

Sy, well done my friend well done!!
Posted by Hamish McAllum on April 21, 2020
I never personally met Sy Rogers. I listened to a few tapes, uncomfortably at first, but was impacted by his honesty and redemptive message. As time went I fell in love with the message and story which Sy shared. Listening to Sy, my heart would joyfully sing "I knew God was like that, I knew God really was that good!", I have been a Christian for 30 plus years and no teacher has revealed to me the heart of our heavenly Father more than Sy. Thank you so much. I cant help it and say....today anyway...the world without Sy seems a bit darker.
Posted by Kevin Whitt on April 20, 2020
I really know Sy. But me being a former Transsexual and Drag Queen for over 20 years, he gave me so much hope when I came to the Lord 6 years ago. Just watching his videos etc. Made me feel like I can do this and I wasn’t the only one like me. I only met him once but he was so nice and encouraging, he mentored me through his videos on YouTube. He will be missed and just know he changed the life of this man in Texas. Rest in Heaven Sy
Posted by Loves Hope on April 21, 2020
Sy was the 1st person I shared my struggles with at COOS when I went to see him for counselling in 1991. I remember I broke down in front of him when I shared about my broken family and my distant relationship with my dad. To be honest I was feeling scared and uneasy when I first saw him. He had piercing eyes and his mannerisms and voice made me feel uncomfortable. I was slowly put at ease when he listened patiently to my story and gave me pointers on why I had the struggles which was my main reason for seeing him. Before that I was clueless about why I had the struggles and Sy opened my eyes to the emotional issues I was going through due to my upbringing and childhood experiences including sexual abuse by women. Towards the end of the counselling session he asked if I wanted to join the men’s support group which had just begun. Though concerned about exposing myself to others, I said yes nevertheless as I knew that my same sex attraction was incompatible with my Christian beliefs and I had to do something about it.

It has been almost 30 years now after that initial encounter with Sy and joining Choices set up by him. During these 30 years I became a support group leader, went on quite a few conferences and overseas speaking engagements in Taiwan, Vietnam and even USA, helped to set up support group in PLUC Malaysia, pioneered parents support group in Singapore and wrote 3 books in Chinese on the issue. I threw myself wholeheartedly into serving God through the SSA ministry all due to 1 single reason: to pay it forward as Sy has taught me through his life. His dedication and devotion to God was always a source of inspiration for me. Secretly I wished God would call me as an international speaker just like he called Sy. But alas we all have different callings and gifts. Through him however I have learnt what real courage is, and that is to share your testimony even when it is taboo, painful and uncomfortable as long as it brings hope and encouragement to others. His consistent walk and talk throughout his life and lack of scandal is a reminder to me to always walk the talk and not bring shame to God’s name. I will always remember this saying of Sy: faith is trusting God when you have every reason not to. He was indeed a man of great faith and despite his mannerisms even after claiming victory over homosexuality and transgenderism, he remains the most manly man I have ever come across in my entire life. If there is one person who has made the greatest impact on my life, turned my life around and reminds me always not to lose hope and faith in God, that person is definitely Sy. I am forever grateful to God for calling him to Singapore and sending him to me as my counselor, mentor and friend.

Rest In Peace my role model and faith giant. My greatest regret now is missing the chance to visit you and Karen with Janice and kids after you left Singapore. Alas and adieu. Till we meet again.
Posted by Katie Okuonghae on April 20, 2020
I was incredibly sad to hear the news today. Sy’s passing has left an huge void in this world. I had the privilege of hearing Sy speak many times and each time was so blessed. There is a great need for what he did. His message of hope for those struggling with their sexuality was incredible. But it wasn’t just for those with any certain struggle. It was for all of us. He showed each person, each human, that no matter what struggle they have in this life, God loves them just as they are. He loves us in the midst of our mess and wants us in spite of our mess. The love Sy demonstrated to all people is quite an example. He will be greatly missed. Praying for his family. I know he is rejoicing! ❤️
Posted by Lynda Stein on April 20, 2020

Sy Rogers, Pastor, Author, Husband, Father, Speaker, Singer/songwriter, friend to many passed away yesterday. Back when I had the privilege to work for Exodus International where some of the most courageous people thrived this gent served as their icon to hope and healing. He reached and fought for many serving God and man with all he had. An example to the world and cause he was wired to proclaim. Godspeed Sy Rogers, you were truly a sparkle in Gods eye as you changed the world one soul and story and song and conversation and counseling session and word at a time.
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“Then the king said to his men, “Do you not realize that a commander and a great man has fallen in Israel this day” 2 Samuel 3:38.
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Posted by Jaydan Pozzebon on April 21, 2020
I am so sad to hear of your passing Sy! But I am thankful to have met you in 2017 in Melbourne, Australia even though it was only once! I am looking forward to seeing you again in God's Kingdom!

My condolences to Sy's family and close friends.
Posted by Nick Kuiper on April 21, 2020
So sad to hear at your passing Sy. Fond memories of yourself, Karen and a very little Grace coming to Australia back in 1987. You had a very successful ministry in many churches, here in Adelaide, and well as around Australia. You had a tremendous impact on the ministry here, opened way for change in many churches, and had a field day with the media. You will be missed by us here on Earth, and looking forward to our reunion in heaven!
Posted by Niall Mc Nally on April 21, 2020
I was so sad to hear of Sy’s passing, My heart goes out to you Karen and your kids & grandkids.

I want you all to know even though I never met Sy in person we corresponded a few times, but I was so fortuity to seat listening to his teaching for many years. Sy’s personal testimony give such hope, but more than that, it give clear practical insight into the human condition and God’s desire & methods by which he restored us.

Words can be meaningless and empty, but Sy’s reach me over Cassette tapes originally, then I bought all his DVD,s, in my early 20s. Sy’s ability to articulate my inner world and help guide me to the the Light of the world for healing, comfort and correction was just so beautifully wonderful.
The fruit of Sy & your life Karen, is massive and it will echo in eternity. The fruit of your ministry is still growing in the Hearst and minds of thousands & thousands of people.

I thank the Lord for your both and for all you have done for the broken in this world, bringing them to Jesus the Author and perfecto of our faith and clarifying how God makes His love tangible to us.

At this moment in time Karen may you know the comfort of good friends and family in the mist of your grief. Your will be in my thoughts and prayers as your heart looks to navigate the loss your wonderful husband & father / grandfather.

Love & Prayers from Ireland
Niall
Posted by Kellie Brendle on April 20, 2020
My husband and I attended many of Sy's talks but on one particular Sunday evening we attended Capital Christian Center. We were both sitting in the last row in the back and in the midst of getting a divorce. I was planning my escape and move out date. It is one time in my life that I heard an audible voice from the LORD telling me...don't you dare! I responded with "I didn't ask you" and I heard again...don't you dare. My husband was hearing from the LORD too!! As we were walking back to our car, silent and me angry .... my husband announced that he gave his life to the LORD.  I remember yelling in parking lot...NOW LORD!!!! Two days later we both asked for forgiveness from each other and we have not turned back!!! We have an amazing marriage full of love and JESUS. Thank you Sy for loving GOD so much that it spilled over to us. We are forever thankful !!! Can't wait to see you in Heaven. 
Posted by MelanEE Lisa Davidson on April 20, 2020
It was the summer of 2002 when I first met the super-hero, the legend, the larger-than-life man by the name of Sy Rogers!
I was at my first FREEDOM Conference (held at Wheaton College), and was standing in line "sweating bullets" waiting for him to turn towards me.
When Sy looked at me, there was deep compassion in his eyes and his face was lit-up by his delightful smile. I stumbled around some words, pushed the VHS tapes of his trainings towards him, and I guess I somehow asked him to sign the paper insert, which he gladly did.
With a flourish, he finished and handed it back to me--the words, "Philippians 1:6" were there, along with his signature.
Fast-forward to 10 years later when I was no longer the "terrified little girl," because I had been able to put into practice almost everything (possibly even everything) I'd ever heard Sy teach on, and I literally asked him (along with some of my precious girlfriends) to "catch me" as I swung myself into the air for a totally candid photo in Tallahassee, Florida.
It was PRICELESS!!!
Sy was more than a mentor--he was my older brother--he was KING YESHUA-with-skin-on. I love you, Brave Warrior Prince Brother!
And I love you, Precious Warrior Princess Karen!
Please know I will continue to deeply pray for YOU and your family.
SHALOM!
-- MelanEE!
Posted by Christine Sneeringer on April 21, 2020
I first heard Sy Rogers on Christian radio in 1987 and to be honest I did not like him. Sy was sharing God's truth about a topic that had a grip on my life at the time. I was in a gay relationship and I didn't want to hear Sy's personal story of overcoming homosexuality because I wasn't interested in God. I'm grateful that God was interested in me and began to pursue me with his relentless unconditional love. I came to faith a year and a half later and then was a fan of Sy and his ministry. I first met him on March 31, 1990. I will never forget the day. It was at a seminar he taught in Orlando. That day I was filled with the hope that if God could help Sy then He could help me, too!

Since 2001 I've had the privilege of serving Sy as the producer and publisher of his multimedia resources. I've also traveled with him to serve at a number of his events in the US and abroad. He and Karen have stayed in my home in Florida on numerous occasions. One thing I can say about Sy, he is genuine and the real deal. He loved God with all his heart, mind, soul and strength. Sy taught me to do the same. He taught me to bring my dirt to God and run to the Father whenever I failed as I was climbing out of the ditch of sexual immorality. I'm so grateful to have been mentored by one of the greatest Christian leaders of the 21st century.
Posted by Carrie Schuessler on April 20, 2020
I will never forget hearing Sy on the Sunday after 9/11. His insightful, truthful words brought such comfort that day. But my best memory of Sy is the way that he attended our little, local church on the weekends he was home. You would have never known that he was a world-renowned speaker and influencer. No, he was just a regular member who worshipped along with the rest of us, never demanding the spotlight or promoting himself. That level of humility was so striking and inspiring.

Karen and Grace, our hearts and prayers are with you. - - Rick and Carrie Schuessler
Posted by Julie Hamilton on April 20, 2020
Sy Rogers was the first person I ever heard speak on the topic of homosexuality. It was 1997, and I had just learned of my loved one's involvement in homosexuality. Sy's talk was incredible!! He spoke of things no one else was speaking about in the pulpit. He was biblically accurate, incredibly articulate, extremely funny, and right on point!!! It was just what we needed to hear! A few years later, he was in town again, and my friend, Christine Sneeringer invited me to hang out with some friends and Sy. We stayed up all night watching the Matrix. Sy broke down the movie, describing all the redemptive themes in the Matrix. I know I am not alone is saying Sy was brilliant - and not just because he found redemptive themes in movies, but because He was a truly gifted thinker and speaker! God powerfully anointed Him to do His work, and Sy carried out that work so courageously and faithfully!!!
Some time after the Matrix event, I was privileged to meet Karen, who is equally insightful, having walked with God for many decades. Over the past 20 years, I have been blessed by the friendship of Sy and Karen. When I started dating and eventually married, Tyler, my husband, Sy coined the term "The Tyler Protocol" as the standard that my single friends should use as their dating standard. Sy was always so complimentary and encouraging!
The most striking quality about Sy (and also Karen) is that he knew God intimately. He had the type of relationship with God that God desires all of us to have with Him. Sy needed God desperately and found God to be the one who could meet all of his needs. His closeness with the Lord was the key to all that he did. All credit goes to God for the incredible work He did in Sy's life and the incredible blessing Sy was to all of us. The world is a better place because Sy was in it. Although he is no longer with us, his impact and legacy will continue. I pray Christians around the world will carry out the message of redemption that Sy so beautifully preached. It's hard to even believe that Sy is actually gone, and as the painful reality sinks in, we will need God's comfort. But we rejoice for Sy that he is in the presence of God.
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Posted by Lisa Barlow on May 20, 2020
I have only heard the news of Sy's death this morning in New Zealand. My eyes filled with tears. What a loss to the Church worldwide. I was a theological student in Auckland in 1996 when I attended a conference he spoke at. Having had many gay men pals and returning to study I was hungry for another voice into this space of homosexuality and the gospel of Jesus. He was like water in the desert to me. Extraordinarily funny. I have followed his ministry and saw him only in 2018 at a New Wine camp in Wellington speaking to young people. Thank you Sy for being an alternate voice in the Church, a voice of love, acceptance and challenge. The world is a sadder place without you in it.
Posted by KIRBY CHAN on May 18, 2020
To Karen and Family,
I had not realized until now that Sy was just a few months apart from me in age. I have many seasons of fond and precious memories of his wit and apt teaching from Exodus and now Restored Hope. Whenever he spoke in our local Sacramento area, we would attend his meetings and, if he saw me, he would walk over and give me a big hug. I will miss that. We must look forward to seeing our loved ones in heaven. May the Lord continually comfort and bless you all.
Posted by Theresa Ruth on May 12, 2020
We were so blessed to have Sy Rogers in our family. He stood for God's purposes in his generation. He travelled the world speaking truth and his ministry touched so many. He was fun to be around. He was a conversationalist. He was extremely intelligent. He truly was a caring man. He was a brother in law to me, and a friend. You will be sorely missed!!
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There are two kinds of people — those who live hoping God will make them happy and those who live to make God happy.” Sy Rogers

Sy Rogers, a leading evangelist for healthy sexuality in the church, died on Sunday, April 19, 2020, at 63 after battling kidney cancer for eight months. He defeated cancer once before and had been in remission for five years.

A gifted communicator, Sy’s teaching ministry spanned over three decades and reached across six continents. He was a popular conference speaker in evangelical circles and his seminars and speaking events were conducted interdenominationally for leadership events (National Youth Leaders), Bible colleges (Biola, Christ for the Nations, Azusa Pacific, Regent), youth festivals (Parachute Music Festival in New Zealand), counselor training, women’s conferences, and men's events. Sy was also an award-winning talk show host. In 1996, Sy was selected by Christianity Today as one of “50 Up and Coming Evangelical Leaders Under 40.”  

For the last two decades Sy was an apologist for sexual integrity and healthy relationships. He preached in a wide variety of influential pulpits, from Southern Baptist to Presbyterian to Pentecostal, including Ed Young’s Fellowship Church (Dallas, Texas) to Jentezen Franklin’s Free Chapel (Gainesville, Georgia) to London’s Kensington Temple to Australia’s Riverview Church. Most recently Sy served as a teaching pastor at Life Church, the largest church in New Zealand, for six years starting in 2012 while maintaining his international speaking ministry.

Growing up with sexual abuse and gender identity confusion, after years of childhood bullying he embraced a gay identity and was a practicing homosexual before he went on to be diagnosed transgender. His life changed course when he became convinced of God’s unconditional love and converted to Christianity, abandoning his plan for sex reassignment surgery. Looking for work and finding none, Sy volunteered to serve in a prison ministry. “God never ran out of things for me to do,” he said of his inauspicious beginnings in ministry in 1980. Sy met his eventual wife Karen, who served with him in the prison. They lived cross culturally on three different continents with Sy in full-time Christian service the next 38 years.

Despite his journey out of homosexuality in 1980, getting married in 1982 and starting a family three years later, it seemed Sy could never do enough to satisfy his detractors. He often quipped, “I find it remarkably ironic that, of all the men in the world, God picked me as His public example of redeemed manhood. How very like God to choose the person that no one else would. But God’s version of public relations is different.

In the late 80s Sy’s first foray into vocational ministry was as the director of a local parachurch ministry in the fledgling ex-gay movement of Exodus International, which is now defunct. His Orlando, Florida based ministry provided pastoral care and support groups for clients with unwanted same-sex attractions. From 1988-90 Sy served one term as president of the Exodus network. His former organization, now called Exchange Ministries, is still in operation today and currently based out of First Baptist Orlando.

In 1991 he was one of 25 pastors on staff with the dynamic Anglican church, Church of our Savior in Singapore. While there he pioneered the work of sexual redemption, founding a recovery ministry that is still in operation today, called Choices. Then Sy’s family migrated to New Zealand in 1998, where his itinerant teaching ministry was launched, but not before he spent a year with the evangelistic ministry of No Longer Music. Sy performed as the lead vocalist in a Christian rock operetta that played in major secular night clubs around the world.

Eventually Sy and his family returned to Orlando in 2001, where he worked as a full-time itinerant teacher for the next 11 years, traveling four to six continents per year. In 2012 they returned to New Zealand when Sy went on staff at Life Church as a pulpiteer, dividing his time between the church and his global itinerant ministry.

Often remembered for his gay history, Sy’s teaching ministry transcended the homosexual issue for the past two decades. In his later years, he mainly spoke about sex in the larger context of conversations on God, sex, culture as in this message given in 2019 at Substance Church (Minneapolis). Sy was an evangelist for the character of God, always pointing people to the Bible as their source for God’s opinion, “I’m not in a ministry of trying to change people. I don’t have the power and it misses the point. I am in a posture of inviting people to journey with God,” Sy said at Fellowship Church. “It matters who you listen to.”

His story was featured in a series at Fellowship Church, called Mythbusters, and in his own DVD, titled "One of the Boys," as well as numerous media interviews and articles, including Joni Lamb, Harvest Times (Singapore), The 700 Club, Reality magazine (NZ), Good Morning Australia, and Last Days Ministries (the late Keith Green), and featured in several books written by authors such as Philip Baker and Dr. D. James Kennedy.

Upon hearing of his passing, Priscilla Shirer, commented on Instagram describing Sy’s death as a “huge loss for the Church ....and for any of us who knew him. His message and ministry were INCREDIBLY unique. His brilliance was astounding.” Jentezen Franklin described Sy as “one of the most informed and skilled speakers we have ever hosted.” Hillsong founders Brian and Bobbie Houston wrote, “Sy was truly one of the kindest people you could ever meet. He exemplified grace and freedom and a passion to always bless others.”

Sy is survived by his wife, Karen, daughter Grace, son-in-law Steve, and two grandchildren, ages 8 and 4. His body will be laid to rest in a private burial service on Monday and a public memorial will be planned at a later date when covid restrictions are lifted. To date thousands have visited his online memorial to commemorate the life and legacy of Sy Rogers.

In this excerpt Sy Rogers shares candidly about his legacy and how he would like to be remembered after more than three decades as a global speaker in Christian ministry. He was best known for his insights on God, sex, and culture. This was filmed in 2004.
For the full interview see below.
Sy Rogers is interviewed by Christine Sneeringer in this candid and heartfelt conversation about his life and ministry. This conversation was filmed in 2004. 
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Farewell Faithful Man of God

Shared by Karen Warner on May 1, 2020
We were priveliged to meet Sy and Karen early in his ministry. He came to our church and we got to minister further healing to him and he trained our church to love and heal the sexually broken. We formed a friendship with him and his family that has lasted for 35 years. He went abroad for many years and my husband and he ran into each other in a restaurant. Overjoyed to see him again, he and his family came to the church we had started and we were blessed to be his pastor for the next 10 years. He was dynamic, unbelievably articulate, fun, gracious and we count it one of our greatest honors to be a friend to this man of God. We pray deep comfort and peace on Karen, Grace, and all your family during this difficult loss. He will be missed but heaven is rejoicing to receive an incredibly fruitful over comer. 

A True Man of God

Shared by Cheri Burdi on May 1, 2020
I heard Sy Rogers speak 30 years ago at my previous home church, Calvary Chapel Fort Lauderdale. Before Sy came to the podium, our macho pastor with a mullet admitted that Sy’s mannerisms bothered him at first until he came to know Sy, heard his message, and his heart.  He was proud to put Sy at the pulpit and let him tell it like it is!  
I was grateful for my pastor’s honesty about Sy! It gave us a little idea of what to expect so we could focus on the message more than the messenger’s style which we just weren’t accustomed to hearing. 
Then Sy preached!!  I was blown away!  Sy’s preaching and teaching hit a place of “real” that few people can hit. I felt like he kept slapping the church up side the head saying, stop focusing on your crap or my crap and start getting a clue that it’s about an incredible God Who really loves us! We ALL need to be reconciled to God no matter what our hang ups are!  
I felt myself cheering because I agreed with him so much!  I knew that the people in my church were trying to get to know this God and were on the right train, but it was like Sy just picked up the whole train track and slammed us down in the right direction!!  It was awesome! Sy really knew The Word too!  Maybe it was just me but I felt his message was for The Body of Christ to get real!  Sy had a way of cutting to the core!   He was funny, honest, and laid the Truth of God’s love flat out for EVERYONE to hear and (if they wanted to) they could accept that Love.  Even though Sy wasn’t pushy in his preaching, I can’t see how anyone could miss Sy Roger’s infectious love for God and want that same Redeeming Love of Jesus for themselves! 
I purchased all of Sy’s tapes (that’s how long ago it was! Lol) and kept praying for my own brother to be open to listen.  I knew, if my brother would just hear Sy, he would hear The Gospel in the most no nonsense way ever.  I prayed and waited, 8 years later God gave me the peace to bring the tapes to my brother.  He said he never listened to them. :(   I’m sorry to say my brother is still young but in a psychological home for life.  I’ll keep praying, and I should order Sy’s messages again, but on a more modern format this time. Lol.
I feel so privileged to have heard Sy those times.  His message stayed with me 30 years later.
I’m sorry his family will miss him.  I’m happy Sy is Home with the Loving Redeemer he helped us see so clearly.
Thank you Sy! May all your work live on even bigger than ever imagined! In Jesus name. Amen. See you on the other side.  Your sister in Jesus. 

C.S. Lewis and Oscar Wilde Quotes On Grief and Life.

Shared by Ray Sullivan on April 25, 2020
Sy enjoyed quotes by C.S. Lewis and Oscar Wilde.