ForeverMissed
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This tribute was added by Tina Fluhrer on June 21, 2020
I loved him!

Sy spoke to my broken heart and built up my spirit. Sy spoke Gods Truth with clarity and conviction. Sy is a hero to faith. I was always inspired by his fun way of speaking with piercing Truth ~ communicating the heart of God and exposing the LIES OF THE ENEMY.

I loved him so much! Thank God for Sy! 
This tribute was added by Carter Budwell on June 18, 2020
I heard you teach in a couple of different schools when I was in ministry. You reminded me so much of Jesus in the kind and gentle way that you taught and loved people. I'm sad that we don't have you here anymore, but at the same time I'm smiling because I know that you are now with the Lord, who you served so faithfully. To Sy's family, God bless you all.
This tribute was added by K J on June 5, 2020
What moved me most about Sy was his boldness.

I was 19 or 20 and I was looking for hope about what felt like an impossible problem. I was feeling ashamed and condemned about thoughts of a sexual nature that I had been having towards the same sex. As someone who follows Christ, I didn’t know who to speak to or how to deal with this exactly.

I found his tape, ‘One of the Boys’ on YouTube. Seeing his forthcoming boldness and openness gave me tremendous encouragement at the time. And still gives me encouragement two years later.

To me, from the video interviews I saw, Sy was a real man and a great example of a man who depended on God to lead him through. The life he lived is an inspiration to me to believe God to take me through myself.

While I know that Sy is no longer with his dear friends and family, I know that he is with the Lord and I know that he must be having such a good time there!

My sincere condolences to the family he leaves behind. 
This tribute was added 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.
This tribute was added 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.
This tribute was added 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!!
This tribute was added by Michael Nero on May 9, 2020
One of my heroes is now with my Hero Jesus...Wow!! My heart is thrilled for him...and it is grieving too... although never meeting Sy in person YET, he captivates my heart as a man who truly loves, and is in love with Jesus...and I miss him...and feel loss. I can't wait to meet you Sy...maybe we can hang out for 10 thousand years or so and visit over coffee..tea...I love you Sy Rogers and Family...You are a light in this dark world.
This tribute was added by Andrew Rodriguez on May 8, 2020
Hi Karen,
I was blessed to meet you and Sy in May 2012 when Pastor Bob arranged for Sy to lead a seminar at our church in Trappe, PA. That meeting was formative for me. I should have tried reaching out a long time ago with an update. I ended up experiencing discrimination in grad school for helping men with unwanted same-sex attraction. But God used that in interesting ways.

I made a video about Sy for my YouTube channel PsychoBible. God bless.

https://youtu.be/5DCHkgIzRCA
This tribute was added by Alicia Williams on May 7, 2020
Sy Rogers is a voice that changed the world and his life is greatly celebrated as we mourn his passing. We’re so grateful for the resources he has left here on earth to help us walk out our freedom in Christ. It is always hard to see a man whose voice carries so much purpose and love to pass too soon. His wife, daughter and grandchildren are in our prayers.

I got to hear Sy at Awaken Church San Diego numerous times and was significantly impacted by his testimony and teaching. I felt his compassion for me and for our generation. His message drew me to the love of God and to depend on God’s voice as my foundation as opposed to the opinion of others. He taught me that my weaknesses could be managed so weaknesses don’t manage me. He showed me that a completed life in Jesus gives me identity, freedom, wisdom and love and how God’s grace gives us room to grow.

I’ll always admire Sy’s guidance to God’s truth that was delivered in humor, love and knowledge. What an honor it is to have been impacted by Sy’s life on earth. His legacy will continue on as he’s with his Father God in heaven hearing “well done good and faithful servant.” His testimony about breaking from sexual sin, identity issues and abuse will continue to be a powerful testimony that sets others free and drawn to the loving arms of Jesus. Sy Rogers, you will forever be honored.

Lauren Tuggle

This tribute was added by Alicia Williams on May 7, 2020
The Legacy of Sy Rogers LIves On

Sy Rogers was one of the greatest global communicators evangelizing the span of six continents. He was welcomed to influential platforms in global conferences, seminars, leadership events, and talk shows. He was considered one of the most brilliant, unique and informed communicators best known for his expression of kindness and gift of grace in leading others to sexual and relational freedom.

Sy Rogers’ life exemplified that it does not matter how you are born, it matters how you are reborn. Before starting a family and ministry in 1982, Sy Rogers had been an early leader in the homosexual community and movement. He had begun to identify as a woman and was preparing for a sex reassignment when Johns Hopkins hospital shutdown its gender identity clinic and no longer offered surgeries. It was then that Rogers cried out in desperation and had a radical encounter with God. In his most vulnerable place, he asked God to change him and for the next 40 years of his life, he was a living testimony of that change.

One of Sy Rogers most powerful statements was, “ Sex is a powerful master, but I can also tell you this … God is a more powerful master. You can serve your desires or you can bring your desires to God, admit them and submit them, and experience his mastery over mind and body.”

For the last two decades, Sy Rogers was an apologist for sexual integrity and relationships. Whether he was speaking internationally in an influential pulpit or teaching at his local church or bible college, Sy Rogers’ ministry brought messages of hope, pastoral care and support groups for people who struggled with sexual confusion, abuse, and gender identity issues. He was a proponent of truth to empower people to overcome the challenges of same-sex attraction and used his own testimony to reveal that this change was possible.

Sy Rogers was the perfect picture of transparency as he openly shared his traumatic childhood experiences of being molested as a toddler, the loss of his mother in a car accident at age 4, being abandoned by his father, being bullied at school because of his feminine mannerisms, his lifestyle of promiscuity and prostitution in the homosexual community. These testimonies have been featured on his DVD, “ One of the Boys”, the 700 Club, Reality Magazine, Good Morning Australia and numerous global interviews and articles.

Sy Rogers remarked that he believed in God but didn’t believe that God loved people like him. It wasn’t until that moment of desperation where he realized his greatest need wasn’t a different sexuality, his greatest need was a Savior. In a moment, he was loved and accepted by a loving God, but it took him a lifetime to walk out the transformation.

Sy Rogers once stated, “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.”

Isn’t that what being a child of God is all about? Sy Rogers was an incredible man of faith and a friend of God. Sy Rogers lived his life to make God happy, so the legacy doesn’t end with him, it begins with him.

Pastor Dana M. Adams
Awaken Church
This tribute was added by Colbi Gardner on May 6, 2020
Sy Roger was one of the most profoundly unique gifts of God in our life. His impact and legacy will live on. His ability to articulate God's grace, love, and truth, was unparalleled. We know we will see him again in glory, but boy do we miss him here on earth. -Pastor Jurgen and Leanne Matthesius
This tribute was added by Willy Torresin on April 30, 2020
I met Sy Rogers almost 30 years ago. At that time I was feeling hopeless in my struggle with homosexual feelings and practice. Until then I had never heard anyone share a testimony saying that they'd been set free from homosexuality. God arranged for Sy to come to my hometown. "Accidentally" I was Sy's interpreter for a meeting. His first words were: "I was gay, and God changed me!" And I had to translate those words, although I was still involved in the gay lifestyle! We became friends and Sy began sending me books, tapes and letters, from the other side of the world! That was the beginning of my journey out of homosexuality! Today I'm helping others like me. Thank you, God, for Sy Rogers! For giving me the hope I needed at that time! For a word of testimony that turned by world upside down! And thank you Sy, for being a great friend and mentor! See you in heaven!!
This tribute was added by Sonia Balcer on April 29, 2020
I first met Sy Rogers in 1988 and was deeply moved by his courage, passion, and intelligence, all of which he offered fully in the service of the Lord's desire to liberate and transform people who had experienced profound trauma and confusion in their lives. His legacy is far-reaching and multifaceted. In addition to his extraordinary gifts of spoken communication was a joyful creativity in music with an aesthetic that painted landscapes on archetypal scales, both intricately interpersonal and fluently multi-cultural and inter-generational. A man among men and a visionary leader of formidable intellect, he remained a humbly accessible and tenderly loving father and friend whose memory I and countless others will treasure always. Forever radiant in the brilliance of Love unbounded in time and space, his fearless passion has now merged with the eternal voice of God's call for every soul to become more fully alive.
This tribute was added by Stephanie Miller on April 28, 2020
If I had to choose a Flower that I would present to you Sy, it would be Peonies. Why? Well....they are such a special flower. They have these beautiful layers of delicate flower petals - come in a vast colorful selection. When blooming, they look like a Tulip / Rose/ and Iris all in one majestic Bloom. The scent that comes from these precious flowers is heavenly and bring SO much joy. They are consider "Sweet" because they attract so many ants. Like ants to a sugar bowl. And Lastly, they last for a season.....Sy, Karen, and Family....David and I had the honor and privilege to hear, see, and share in His life's work and testimony. Not only has his beautiful life has bloomed through those delicate layers of life stages, and was revealed and prominent, but his testimony SHINED and is still SO POWERFUL. His life allows the Beautiful work that LORD has done by shining through his words and actions in his ministry. To LOVE THE UNLOVED. To bring and promote HEALING. His life was as the Psalmist wrote: Sweet and Fragrant offering". And let us talking about how he drew all men / women to himself...and he showed them CHRIST!!! Ephesians 2:10.  SY you will be always in our hearts, minds, ministry, and love to you and Karen and Family. 
This tribute was added by Sam Wong on April 28, 2020
I first heard Sy Rogers in Heart of God Church in Singapore back in about 2005. He was such a gifted communicator, and his passionate, thought provoking messages about sexual brokeness, finding connection with God imparted many valuable principles to every single church member. My pastors are really great friends of him, and Sy loves to have local foods like Laksa with them whenever he comes back to Singapore. Though his passing is a loss for the Church world, his messages and teachings will live on in many parts of the world, including our church. RIP, Sy Rogers, you'll be missed.
This tribute was added by Mark Cole on April 26, 2020
Although we never met in person, My wife and I had the privilege to hear Sy on numerous occasions in Perth and Sydney Australia. His personal testimony of the grace of God in his life, and the special attributes of his personal relationship with God, together with his gift of communication was a special gift to the church. Over many years, we observed how better and more powerful his ministry increased and impacted so many lives. A special gift to the body of Christ and one sent for us Christians to help us understand and deal with the issues and persons who are challenged in relationships of sexuality. One of the best communicators and public speakers I have seen and heard in church. Enjoy heaven, good and faithful servant. I trust to meet you face to face one day to introduce ourselves and say - Thank you! Our condolences to Karen and the family. Amazing Man of God and not forgotten.  
This tribute was added by Frank Ramseur on April 25, 2020
Sy Rogers. One of the most brilliant men I have had the privilege to know. Sy possessed a genuinely remarkable sense of humor, a magnificent testimony of the grace of God, and one of the most profound anointings of the Holy Spirit. We had the privilege of hosting Sy twice in our 20 years in ministry and both visits left an indelible mark on all who encountered him! My wife and I and our fellowship miss him already and we ask for heavenly comfort for his precious family! Jesus, thank You for Your promise...If I live you will live also! 
This tribute was added by Madeline McCulloh on April 25, 2020
"Well done my good and faithful servant". Sy, the lives you touched are forever in your debt. My daughter, Christine Sneeringer, was your biggest fan. She loved you and Karen and Grace immensely. I am proud to call you friend. 
This tribute was added by Grayson Bearden on April 24, 2020
I never had the chance to meet Sy, but we had connected a few years back through social media. His ministry has had a lasting impact on my life. Especially when I was finding freedom and healing from walking out of homosexuality.

His legacy and story will impact generations to come. The Kingdom of God is bigger because of him! Thank you Sy for standing for truth in love. You will be so dearly missed.
This tribute was added by Jane Teo on April 24, 2020
Great man of God. I've been greatly blessed by his testimony and teaching.
Sadden to hear of his demise but rejoices that he is in eternal bliss with our Heavenly Father.
Thank you Sy Roger ...
My deepest condolences to your family and may Abba Father comforts them during this time of lost .
This tribute was added by JP Funk on April 23, 2020
Sy Rogers came with Christine Sneeringer and spoke to our very small Calvary Chapel in South Beach in 2001. I was blown away by his candor and freedom to address sexual brokenness. The Holy Spirit used Sy and Christine to kickstart a willingness to address a lifelong addiction to pornography in me. His words opened a door and a path for me to say, "Alright Jesus, I will do whatever it takes. If you could help Sy Rogers, you could help me. Sy was always so gifted at recognizing and remembering, he made you aware of a personal interest in you and he remembered people so well. He unlocked the real issues of sexuality and laid open his life to do so in his videos and ministry. Sy had an incredible impact on me and my wife. Favorite quote: I'll overlook your residue if you overlook mine..." JP Funk, assistant pastor Calvary Miami Beach
This tribute was added by Cindy Hinsch on April 23, 2020
I will continue to enjoy and share Sy Rogers with the world. Sy was so clearly set apart to captivate audiences with his humor , which made the most serious of subjects conceivable... Being born again❣️✝️
Karen and Grace ... Surely you were the clearest reflection of the Lord's love and support for Sy through it all
I'm so glad you have the most tangible memories to keep and cherish until that perfect heavenly reunion.
My heart goes out to you. I'm grateful for all of the people who walked alongside of Sy as well and for Sy's ability to carry such a magnanimous load❗
This tribute was added by Kenneth Kugelman on April 23, 2020
Very blessed to have heard Sy speak in person at four different gatherings, two at conferences, two at churches. Very much enjoyed listening repeatedly to a set of three audio cd's many times in the car on long drives. The last time we saw him in (I think it was) 2013 he prayed personally and privately for my wife who was then on oxygen and in a wheelchair and 14 other prescriptions. Grateful for his sense of humor, his genuineness, the way he would talk about his conversations with the Lord (management style), how he would use personal stories as illustrations of the Lord's truths (the broken angel, the bicycle on the roof), and also that audio recording of the six points of what is integrity. Welcome home Sy, I am confident that there were many there, including my wife, to greet you when you arrived. The Lord is merciful and cuts our final suffering short and ends it forever. Thankful for his wonderful family support team behind the scenes. The Holy Spirit bless You richly in this time of loss and tears.
This tribute was added by Kate Van Barneveld on April 23, 2020
Dear Karen and Grace
I'm so sorry to hear of Sy's passing. I remember fondly my time in Choices, assisting in a counselling capacity. It was an amazing ministry that touched the lives of so many people who were struggling to obey God. Sy was a loyal servant, strong his faith and devoted to you two. We had many good times together with the group and I thank God for the chance to be part of his ministry.
I pray that you will know God's comfort and peace.
Kate
This tribute was added by Jeremy Shan on April 23, 2020
Hi, condolences. He is with the lord jesus christ right now. Deeply missed. Till we meet again in heaven, ps sy.
This tribute was added by Samuel Barr on April 22, 2020
As many have said, and will say, Sy's testimony as well as his teachings played a very intricate role in my early walk out of homosexuality. After many years of walking with God I had the pleasure of celebrating Super Bowl Sunday in Jacksonville with Sy and a close friend. It was a quite an interesting evening considering none of us really cared about the game. We talked and laughed. He definitely had a way of making everyone feel welcomed. He will surely be missed, nevertheless his legacy will live on in each life he touched. I am confident that God is very pleased with Sy, His good and faithful servant.
This tribute was added by Tommie Steele on April 22, 2020
I had the pleasure of meeting Sy at my first Exodus seminar in San Antonio, Texas some 20 years ago. He was so down to earth and his testimony one one of the first I had heard on the 700 Club. His story was one of many that encouraged to change and to get help. I will always have my memories of him. See you on the other side my brother. You will be missed.
This tribute was added by David Kyle Foster on April 22, 2020
The Body of Christhas lost a giant - one of the most prolific and godly servants on the planet. Sy Rogers spent his life telling people that Jesus Christ can turn their lives around and bring healing (as well as salvation) to those who struggle with sexual sin & brokenness, of any kind.

I first met Sy as a guest on his "Exodus" TV program on WACX-TV 55 Orlando, Florida - way back in March of 1990.

Later, in 2006, when we began our "Pure Passion" TV program, Sy was one of the original hosts. He also did a multi-part teaching segment for our show called "My Thoughts About That". He was lots of fun and a brilliant speaker/teacher - probably the best speaker on sexual brokenness in the world.

The last time I saw Sy was at the airport in Auckland, New Zealand a few years ago. I was waiting to board a flight from Wellington to Auckland and while standing in line, I noticed that I was standing right next to him! We had a great time chatting on the flight and once on the ground, he and his wife (Karen) graciously drove me to the international terminal for my flight back to the States. Always the gentleman.

We will all deeply miss Sy. He was one of the forerunners of the movement that began ministry to sexually broken people - a true pioneer. Now, he has his reward and I am sure it is great.
This tribute was added by Michael Newman on April 22, 2020
I am so sorry for your loss, Karen, as are a multitude of people worldwide. I still remember when I first met Sy at the Baltimore conference in 1984 when we were the new kids. From the first day I met Sy I was struck by his whole hearted passion for God and his total commitment. Sy was always a presence, challenging people in their walk with God, informally in conversations, as well as his anointed teachings. As I saw him at many conferences through the years, I observed Sy mature ever deeper in his walk, as God expanded his ministry opportunities and realm of influence. His prophetic teaching, combined with his humor and humility were so powerful. That unique combination that God deposited in Sy made him the great godly man that he was. I have so many memories of his great sense of humor, often highlighting hard spiritual truths! He was gracious with all who knew him. My various informal conversations with him through the years always bring a smile to my face. I especially appreciated his personal encouragement to me in pursuit of international ministry, particularly in Spanish speaking world. That conversation we had in Cuernavaca in 2004 was so significant. I miss him greatly, as do so many others. His personal and spiritual legacy live on. I continue praying for you, Grace and family. May God give you an extra measure of His comfort in this season.




This tribute was added by Christopher Gillies on April 22, 2020
It was wonderful to meet Sy and Karen for the first time last Summer when they visited Oxford. Although we did not know Sy for very long, he made a big impression on us, on our thinking and on our theology - what a brilliant communicator and clear thinker. We look forward to meeting Sy again and our hearts go out to Karen and the family as you miss him and - like Jesus did at the tomb of Lazarus - as you weep for the loss of someone you loved so dearly. With love from Chris & Noelle.
This tribute was added by Anne Paulk on April 22, 2020
Karen, your beloved was a gift to so many including me. I felt stunned to learn that he had passed from this world on Sunday night just after I had been praying for his earthly healing. He is healed and receiving his reward for following our Lord Jesus, but I wish he were still with us here.

Thank you Lord Jesus for the redemption and love that you showed to Sy and his faithfulness in finding your heart enough for healing to his soul. Thank you, Jesus, for his faithfulness to you and to his wife. Thank you for the gift of Sy--his humor, brilliance, and biblical clarity tempered beautifully with kindness and affection. I thank the Lord Himself for Sy and look forward to the day when we will meet again on the other side.

Much affection, Anne
This tribute was added by Gregory Quinlan on April 22, 2020
Amazing warrior for Truth. Sy so honestly, openly exposed himself to us and taught us how to be honest with the Savior and ourselves. His understanding of the wounded soul brought courage and hope to so many wounded souls.
I'm sure he heard as met Jesus face to face "Well done thou good and faithful servant." Sy's witness is an example for us all.
This tribute was added by John Beadle on April 22, 2020
He was a true warrior for truth,freedom and represented love beyond measure. When God called him out, he came out ALL the way. And just as before, he lived openly and fearlessly for satan.
When he accepted His greatest gift of all, Jesus Christ.
All that energy, boldness and love was boldly and openly for Jesus Christ. Backing down was not in his backbone. He lived ,he loved, he laughed and made many others laugh too. He gave hope when people, wondered if there was hope.
For all of us, it is not a final good bye. But truly, until we meet again! +++
Lovingly and prayerfully,
John & Pat Beadle
This tribute was added by Loke Wei May on April 22, 2020
Pastor Sy, thank you for coming to Singapore in the 1990s to make a remarkable difference in the spiritual life of Church of Our Saviour. I learnt to love the broken people more compassionately because you broke down the walls and showed us what it means to hate the sin and to love the brother. I am so inspired by your courage sharing how God restored you. I still remember you said God changed a whole hospital
programme on the day of surgery just to tell you He hs made you a man and He loves you. Awesome! You are so genuine in loving the broken and so revolitionary and full of God's truths. As i was serving the youths while you served the sexually broken, i saw how sincere and sensitive you were in loving them. You helped us to accept them with God's love and at the same time clearly to abide in God's truths and not to accept the sin of lgbt. You were a powerful communicator and you always inspired us. My life has been much enriched. Till now you left behind what it means to love those caught in brokeness. Without you i would have remained prejudiced and myopic and just avoided them. With what you did i could love them. I found that I am just as broken as them, and maybe more broken. There is no difference really. We all.juat need our Saviour Jesus Christ. I learnt this from you. I am so proud of you that you lived your life as a Man and has a great family. Tremendous success! You have fought the good fight of faith and left triumphantly to show us the shining example of overcoming sin and prejudice by relating to each other in godly love, with wit and sensitivity. You have truly lived out the truths of God and I could see God for who He is by how you lived while you were in Singapore. I miss you, your ministry and your family when you left after a few short years but for sure you didnt really leave because of the great legacy of godly love which you have forever left behind. Thank you Sy, Karen and Gracie for coming to us in Singapore. Forever grateful. God bless and keep you always! 
This tribute was added by Tryphena Law on April 22, 2020
2001 was the year I walked into Choices office in Singapore to get help for my same-sex attraction issue. It was not easy because I was already a pastor and I left my church ministry in Malaysia for help. I am thankful that Sy started the ministry in Singapore for a Malaysian like myself. At that time, Malaysia does not have any ministry like Choices that could help me to discover my identity in Christ. Even though Sy have left Singapore but your impact was so great. I watched so many of Sy's teaching (recorded in VCR) and through those teachings I was aware of my struggles and able to have the courage to go back to my Father. A few years later I took up the call to lead the ministry in Malaysia. In 2005, I went to Toronto to joined EGA conference as well as the leaders' meeting. I had the privilege to meet Sy personally for those few days and thank him for being that "Gender-Missionary" to Singapore. Sy, you have left a great legacy for many of us in Malaysia. I am one of those seeds that you have planted beside the stream. The Lord will continue to grow your labor of love. Malaysia's ministry - PLUC (Pursuing Liberty Under Christ) express their heartfelt condolences to Sy's family for their loss of a husband, a father and a grandfather. We have lost a great man of God who desired all to "Come Out and Come Home" to their Father. Sy, I have and I will continue the legacy that you have left.
This tribute was added by Ziv Lim on April 22, 2020
I still remembered Sy's charisma, his great wide smile & spontaneity when i saw him onboard. He was different from the rest reflecting His light wherever he went. His life testimony with such genuinity has transformed & touched so many lives. Such an amazing communicator! He has fight the good fight of faith. Enter His rest with joy receiving His eternal reward! Let His peace & grace be with his family and friends.
This tribute was added by David Hall on April 21, 2020
The world didn't get him but to those of us who are being healed of sexual sin and who've committed to a life of following the Master, Sy was fresh, real inspiration.

I echo the sentiments of so many on this forum: when you were with Sy, he made you feel as if you were the only thing that mattered in the world. Isn't it strange that you always wanted to share your life with Sy? So often over the years I would think, "what would Sy think of this?" Or, "I wish I could tell Sy about this..." and if you could share it, he'd remember you, care deeply about it and love you through it.

The most memorable experience I had with Sy was at an Exodus conference (remember those?! They changed lives!). I was in a young men's group and he lectured. I was sitting at the front. He put his hand on my shoulder to make a point. His hand was so strong and firm, heavy almost and yet gentle. I was shocked because he seemed such a slight man.

I recall that he did a short conference for Outpost Ministries in Minneapolis, Minnesota. I was running the sound system. Before we started the final session, he asked me what he should talk about. I couldn't resist the opportunity to hear him speak about what really interested him. So I said, "vampires." He said, "okay!" I watched him think for a moment, organize his thoughts for the time allotted (since he could speak endlessly on esoteric subjects like that) and then go on stage. His lecture was a seamless transition from one topic to the next, from sin and brokenness to hope and redemption. His ability to tie contemporary culture to our deep need for God was fascinating, encouraging and astounding. Few in the Church--or the world--can do what he could.

If there ever was a Man of God it was Sy. Passion. Kindness. Zeal. Love. Humor. Righteousness. Mentsch. Thank you, Sy, for giving to the LORD.
This tribute was added by Irene Clay on April 22, 2020
I still remember the set of pink covered video recordings given to me from a visit Sy made to the then Christian City Church in Sydney Australia in the 90s. His testimony and teaching changed the direction of my life and have had a profound impact on me. I am so sad to hear of his passing. Sy, you will be missed. Thank you for staying true to the call. I know it would have been hard continuing to stand under mounting pressure and attack. You did not shrink back! I can hear the shout from the heavens now: "Well done good and faithful servant." You and your family are amazing, I look forward to meeting you some day, until then enjoy the fruits of your labour.
This tribute was added by Esly Carvalho on April 21, 2020
I had the special privilege of having Sy tell me once I was his translator of choice. (People forget he was an exchange student in Brazil before the Lord met him. ) Which means that so much of what he said came into my ears, through my brain and out of my mouth. His messages are all still lodged in my brain. Literally. Without either one of us knowing it he taught me stage presence (!) and public speaking just by trying to make sure his message got across faithfully. Fearless and Funny. He was a hoot. But no one, no one could tell - or lived - the story of redemption like Sy did.
I cannot stop the flow of tears today. My heart - and my prayers - go out to Karen and Grace (whom I met when she was THREE!) and family.
Thirty plus years of friendship...we will pick up where we left off, meu irmão. Hang tight and leave the gate open for me.
This tribute was added by Becky Verarde on April 21, 2020
Sy you are a gift from the Lord that continues to give & give. While I could go to a conference where you were speaking, listen to your music or enjoy your photography on your website you always felt so near. The conferences were so packed with sound wisdom & information that could be applied to so many situations it was like having a living encyclopedia right there. I/We will miss hearing from you from time to time in the now...but I so look forward to meeting you again in Heaven. Thank you for being YOU.
This tribute was added by Joe Dallas on April 21, 2020
His was a powerful voice which will continue to be heard, and an amazing life which will continue to be an inspiration.
This tribute was added by Mabel Sim on April 22, 2020
When I heard Sy shared his testimony and preaching entitled “Love thy Neighbour” on 1 December 1996 at FCBC, Faith Community Baptist Church, I felt for the first time that someone really understood me and would tell me that it was okay to stay the way I was.
I am very very thankful for his sharing and preaching at FCBC that fateful day because I came to know of such a ministry called Choices and what it does. I called to speak with him regarding the pain I still had then from my breakup of 15 years same-sex relationship. It was the beginning of my journey to understand what is healthy relationship in the Lord and to abide in HIM.
It has been 24 years ago since that fateful day, and today, still standing tall for the Lord as Sy has shown that Change is POSSIBLE and to know that THE SOVEREIGN LORD is in our lives. His sharing of his journey has been so encouraging to me that spurs me on to do the same for others. As I was seeking for help, I was helped, and now I am helping others.
Sy was an amazing, talented communicator, and a teacher in the Lord, and a very humorous one too that I could not stop laughing whenever I hear him speak and in his teachings.

He has fought the good fight, he has finished the race, he has kept the faith.
Heartfelt thank you and gratitude to you, Sy.
Blessings and peace of the Lord be with Karen and their daughter and family.
Mabel Sim, Singapore
This tribute was added by Shannon Rants on April 21, 2020
Sy was my “mentor-from-afar” for many years and was the first person I ever met (via VHS “One of the Boys” ~ circa 90’s) as one who experienced deep suffering around his gender and sexuality while also experiencing the powerful LOVE of God. Hearing his journey gave me the courage to speak out or “come out” about my own story and explore the deeper intimacy that I was missing from God — specifically, how His love also abides in my gender and sexuality.
*He taught me how to stretch my capacity to receive God’s love in ALL areas of my life.
*He taught me how to widen my definition of gender (masculinity/femininity) until I found my belonging in my own body.
*He taught me how to challenge toxic beliefs in my mind that felt true but only kept me wrapped in shame.
*He taught me the importance of knowing, honoring and cherishing the Words of God.
*He taught me trust the Character of WHO God says He is.
*He taught me to be curious and open to possibilities in my sexuality without guarantees.
*He taught me to laugh about my sexuality.
*He taught me to be a life long learner about gender and sexuality.
*He taught me to how to be passionate and patient about teaching the Body of Christ (the Church).
*He continues to teach me about faithfulness to the Call of God.
Sy would be the first to admit he’s not perfect and made mistakes along the way but he was a beautiful HUMAN being who dedicated his life to following Christ and teaching the Church how to receive God’s love more fully.

Without this one Man’s faithfulness, there would be no marriage to my husband Brian Rants. And our three little man-cubs wouldn’t even exist. I wouldn’t have a counseling practice specializing in gender/sexuality (shannonrants.com). And I wouldn’t have a ministry and aims to educate the church in areas of gender and sexuality. Sy’s influence has been huge. Sy gave me to courage to press into unknown territory, holding my “Lesbian label” with an open hand, while I explored my own gender and sexuality in ways I had neglected. To ALL the many men and women navigating all the different complexities of sexuality and faith, may we ALL continue to receive God’s grace ever-so-gently drawing us continually into His Love.
May you rest in sweet, abiding peace Sy.
Thank you for loving well and putting it ALL out there.
This tribute was added by Kristin Tremba on April 21, 2020
This is Mike Tremba. My first introduction to Sy Rogers in the late 1990s could only be described as God-ordained. The cable in my apartment in Orlando had gone out and I was trying to maneuver an old set of rabbit ears to get any kind of TV reception. At 11:30 on a Saturday evening, I managed to tune in to a show Sy was hosting called "Coming Out." He talked about the importance of recognizing our identity in Christ, and not allowing the world or our struggle to define us. 

Amazingly, Sy's program was hosted from Orlando where I lived, and a short time later I was able to attend one of his teachings at a local church. God ministered to me through his testimony. In time I found a great deal of healing and have been able to minister to others through the work of Exchange Ministries in Orlando, through which Sy once served as director. I met my wife, Kristin, at Exchange Ministries where she was the director for seven years. We both treasure the memories of serving the many individuals, couples, and families who came for help, fellowship, and friendship.

God has blessed my life abundantly, and today I am so thankful for my beautiful wife and daughter. Sy's ministry and service serve as a testimony of God's faithfulness. May his teaching continue to bless and heal long after his passing. 

This is Kristin Tremba: I also first saw Sy on TV in the late 80's when I was probably 17 or 18 years old. He was standing by a tree sharing his story. I was stunned. He was President of Exodus at the time, and they showed a picture of his wife, Karen. I was struggling with same-sex attraction at the time and his presence made an impact. Later, at my first Exodus Conference in 2005 (celebrating the 30th anniversary of Exodus), I saw Sy in a video in the bookstore. "I have seen this guy before, I thought!" It was then that I learned more about his ministry and life and become a fan, as many have! He was a celebrity in a good way! His rich teaching and deep faith in God - his understanding of the same-sex struggle and the hope God provides for emotional and relational healing - made a huge impact in my life and my husband's.

Little did I know at the time that I would serve and lead in the same ministry Sy had (Exchange Ministries and Exodus International) and through Exchange meet my husband, Mike, in Orlando, and marry in 2008. In 2010 our precious daughter was born. I thank the Lord for all He has done through Sy and so many others who have remained loyal to Jesus and the work of redemption Christ has done in their lives. We are praying for you, Karen, and your daughter and entire family.

Thank you, Karen, for your love and devotion and courage. Your story needs to be told now! We anticipate the great day when we are all together in heaven with our Lord, Jesus!

Mike and Kristin Tremba
This tribute was added by Dawn LeBlond on April 21, 2020
I had the privilege of meeting Sy Rogers for the first time, at an Exodus conference in 2001. He was the main speaker for the conference that year, and God used him to reach the broken places in my soul. He was unlike anyone I had ever heard or met before, and he taught me that Christians didn’t have to be as “stuffy” and rule-based as I had previously known. Each night, God used his down-to-earth demeanor and straight to the point words to peel back the armor I had built up. By the end of the week, my life was permanently altered, allowing God to set my feet on a new path. 

Years later, I was able to meet him again, with my husband, and get to know the man he was. Both experiences are things I cherish to this day.

Yesterday, after spending months battling cancer, God decided to take His servant home. Though I know his suffering has ended, I am left feeling profoundly saddened in the knowledge that Sy is no longer here. The loss of his life and light are deeper than words can say.

I am deeply grateful to have known this man, even if just a little bit; and the lessons he taught. He was like no one I have ever known, and I sincerely grieve his passing. 

Sy, until we meet again, enjoy the embrace of your Father’s arms.
This tribute was added by Carlos Grzybowski on April 21, 2020
With great pain and sadness I read this news. This was a man who revolutionized the way of thinking about sexuality and experienced GRACE in an abundant way. May you enjoy the Father's loving paternity now in His presence! I had the privilege of welcoming you to my home in Curitiba / Brazil and your image will always be in our hearts
This tribute was added by Michael Newland on April 21, 2020
Sy was one of my key mentors from afar in my early years of pursuing healing from same-sex attractions. I remember picking up a copy of his testimony at the Love Won Out conference in Minneapolis in 2004.

I am grateful to have had the opportunity to interact with Sy in a handful of both formal and informal settings. While Sy was quite engaging from the stage, he was equally as engaging off the stage. He was always so attentive to the individual before him. I was always surprised how he seemed to remember me in person, despite the thousands of people he regularly interacted with from one event to the next.

Sy, you will be deeply missed.
This tribute was added by Ryan Gray on April 21, 2020
I first saw Sy at Calvary Chapel in Tallahassee. He spoke for 3+ hours and we were just captivated with his story and the power of God in his life. We could have gone another 3+ without flinching.

We mourn with you and pray that God blesses you richly with the knowledge that Sy is with His Lord and that we all will join Him soon enough.

Grace and peace from God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ...
This tribute was added by Angela Shaw on April 21, 2020
I remember the first time I heard Sy speak. I was captivated from the beginning. Not only did he speak with such wisdom, but he communicated the heart of God so well. His introductions were epic! What an honor it was to have him attend our church when he was in town. I had no idea what a really big deal he was. To me, he was just that awesome speaker that would attend our church. I remember our last conversation. We chatted about a speaker I had just heard and he shared about how he knew him personally and how much he loved Jesus. His humility was incredible. He traveled the world and was friends with huge names (and was a huge name) yet he chatted with me as if he was “normal” and I was important. But he was normal and it was beautiful. His gift for communication and the care that radiates from him was unmatched. I’m so sad that we’ve lost his voice in this world but I’m so thankful he is singing with Jesus now. Much love to Karen, Grace and the rest of the family! —Adam and Angela Shaw
This tribute was added by Steven Ashley on April 21, 2020
To live is Christ . To die is Gain. Sy lived and breathed Jesus and His Redemption. Sy is living and breathing it still. For Jesus led Sy in the paths of righteousness for His name. Thank you Jesus! Sy’s cup was filled to the brim. We all drank from the overflow. For out of the man flowed rivers of living water. The rivers of God are always full of water .
The man was a marvel.
So beautiful. I can’t wait to see him again !
Sy thank you for bringing on home Gods’ Word to me. Bravo’ buddy !
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