Meet Our Staff

Roger Fankhauser

Senior Pastor

Roger and Debbie Fankhauser met and were married in Puyallup, Washington (south of Seattle). They married in 1974 and have five children (counting the daughters-in-law!) and four grandchildren. Matt, his wife Christina, and daughter Lily live in Phoenix, as does their daughter Emily. Joel, his wife Alice, and their four children, Silas, Micah, Liza, and Ryan live in Bentonville, Arkansas.

Before coming to Burleson Bible Church, Roger served as the Senior Pastor of Shreveport Bible Church for 11 years, and then taught math at Evangel Christian Academy in Shreveport for 2-1/2 years. Prior to entering seminary in 1991, he worked as an engineer in Victoria, Texas, for 13 years.  He holds a Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering from Washington State University, a Master of Divinity degree from Phoenix Seminary, and a Doctor of Ministry degree, also from Phoenix Seminary. Roger and Debbie began serving in Burleson in October of 2009 on a part time basis while completing his teaching commitment in Shreveport. He began serving full time June, 2010.

Roger’s greatest passions in ministry are helping people see the greatness of God’s grace, helping them grow in their relationship with Jesus, and seeing them respond to God’s grace in both their personal growth and their serving others.

Jaris Roth

Pastor of Worship

Jaris and Sherry Roth are from Albuquerque, New Mexico. They were married in 1990, and have three children, Zachary, Alexandria and Gabriel. Jaris began serving as worship leader at Burleson Bible Church in January of 1996. In January 2008, he became the Pastor of Worship and Administration in a full-time capacity.

He holds a Bachelor of Music degree from Wayland Baptist University and a Master of Music degree from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. Sherry also holds a Bachelor of Music from Wayland Baptist University. Jaris is a classically trained trumpet player and also enjoys playing flutes and keyboards. His biggest blessing is to have his family actively involved on the worship team. Sherry sings,  Alexandria sings and plays flute and Gabriel plays the acoustic, electric, and bass guitar. Their oldest son, Zachary, is currently serving in the United States Army.

Their desire is to usher others into an intimate experience with God through worship. They use music to help express the heartfelt emotions that believers have for their Creator. Helping the congregation fully understand and experience true worship is the priority of their ministry.

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Kathleen Hester

Administrative Assistant
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Kathleen Hester began serving as the administrative assistant at Burleson Bible Church in 2008. Originally from Illinois, Kathleen moved to Texas where she met and married Scott in 1991. She and Scott live in Burleson with their grown daughter, Christina.