The Reverend David B. Rogers

The Reverend David B. Rogers


Let us remember with thanksgiving the life and ministry of Rev. David B. Rogers of North Egremont, MA, who died at home on Tuesday, November 1, 2016 after battling pancreatic cancer.

David was born in Springfield, MA on February 10, 1945. He was the son of Derwood B. and Anna E. (DeShane) Rogers. David graduated from Springfield’s Technical High School in 1963, then joined the Navy that fall. He was based in Long Beach, CA and served in Vietnam as a radar technician aboard the aircraft carrier USS Yorktown.

After discharge from the Navy, David returned to Springfield, where he met his wife, Darleen; they were married in January 1968. He worked a variety of manufacturing jobs before turning to the ministry. David attended UMass Amherst where he received a bachelor's degree in 1985.

The family then moved to Mendon, MA where David served the First Baptist Church of Mendon while attending Andover Newton Theological School. He graduated from Andover Newton in 1987 and was ordained in the American Baptist Churches USA on June 28, 1988. The family later settled in the Berkshires area where David served Baptist and Congregational churches.

David was called to the Methodist ministry and served the Great Barrington, Alford, and Housatonic UMCs (the latter two merged in 2007) in the New England Conference from 2001 until 2010. David retired before the 2011 session of the New England Conference. When the Copake and Craryville UMCs in Columbia County, NY had a sudden need for pastoral service, David came out of retirement and served from February 1, 2015 until his death.

In addition to his wife, Darleen, David is survived by a son, David, and his wife, Amanda; a daughter, Darlene, and her husband, Doug; and two grandchildren Camden and Charlotte. He is also survived by one brother and two sisters.

Visiting hours will be Monday, November 7, 2016 from 4-6 pm at Birches & Roy Funeral Home, 33 South St., Great Barrington, MA. The funeral will be Tuesday, November 8, 2016 at 1 pm at the Craryville UMC. Rev. Kenneth Phesay, former lay leader of Copake UMC and current pastor of the UMCs of Alford/Housatonic and Ashley Falls, will lead the services. Burial will follow in Hillside Cemetery in Egremont, MA.

In lieu of flowers, expressions of sympathy in Rev. Rogers’ name may be made to Pancreatic Cancer Research in care of the Birches & Roy Funeral Home. Condolences may be made through the funeral home at