Rev. Guy Edward Roam (1918~1994)
United Pentecostal Church International
Rev. Guy Roam was born on March 16, 1918 in Swedeborg, Missouri. He was married to Lillie Davis, and they had four children, Lillie Mae Presson, Rev. Jim Roam, Rev. Robert Roam, and Diana Gourley. He was a minister of the United Pentecostal Church International for 48 years.
In 1948, with total dedication, and sacrafice, Guy and Lillie Roam started a church in their 3 room shotgun home at 6440 Suburban, Wellston, Missouri. They quickly outgrew their home and moved to a small white framed church at Sutter and Etzel in University City. They soon outgrew that church and built a brick church next door. The church quickly outgrew those facilities and they had to eventually have 2 Sunday Schools in order to accomodate everyone.
In 1969, Brother roam and the church stepped out by faith and built a beautiful worship center in Bridgeton, Missouri, (St. Louis County) known as New Life Center. Their theme was, “It Took a Miracle.” Under his direction as pastor with a visionaryb spirit, in November, 1971, New Life Preschool was established, and in September, 1974, New Life Christian School was founded.
Through the years, thousands of people have heard Pstor Guy Roam preach at New Life Pentecostal Church, and thousands have knelt at the altars and found God. The power of his preaching made the Word come alive for those who heard him. Not only have those who were privileged to be a part of New Life Church been blessed, but whole new congregations have begun because of his unselfish burden and under his direction and have gone out to root and grow in other cities around the area.
Brother Roam was a highly respected leader among his ministerial peers and contributed greatly to the cause of the Kingdom of God in the following positions within the United Pentecostal Church International:
* He served over 29 years as District Secretary of the Missouri District, UPCI.
* 11 years as District Superintendent
* Served 11 years as Presbyter on the General Board of the UPCI, as well as two years as Executive Presbyter of the UPCI.
* He also served as Honorary member of both the Missouri District Board and the general Board of the UPCI.
Brother Roam was President of Gateway College of Evangelism in Florissant, Missouri for 3 years. He was instrumental in the development of many young ministers and also assisting and establishing numerous churches throughout the Missouri District. His hard work, selfless sacrafice and gritty determination, mixed with kindness and compassion for all people is the example he has passed on to othewrs. His influence has reached across the United States and around the world, as both home and foreign missionary works have been founded by ministers under his leadership.
On Friday, April 1, 1994, Brother Roam left this life to be with the Lord. On August 31, 2003, his precious wife, Lillie, went home to be with the Lord. Brother Guy Edward Roam was inducted into the Apostolic Ministerial Hall of Fame in 2000.