September 15, 1938 – December 8, 2011
On December 8, 2011, in his home in Canton, Georgia, Dr. Roscoe H. Brewer, Jr. walked through the gates of Heaven into the arms of his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Born on September 15, 1938 in Fort Worth, Texas to Roscoe H. Brewer, Sr. and Esta Lee (Hancock) Brewer, he later graduated from Amon Carter-Riverside High School and then Texas Wesleyan University with a BS in History and later receiving an honorary Doctor of Divinity degree from the California Graduate School of Theology. Most of his life was spent in ministry that started at age 22 until the time of his death, and with a passion for missions and seeing the Great Commission fulfilled. For the last twelve years he and his wife were members at First Baptist Church Woodstock. He is survived by his wife of almost 53 years, Margaret and four adult children, Jana Disney of Woodstock, Georgia, Paul Brewer of McKinney, Texas, Jamie Laster of Decatur, Georgia and Mark Brewer of Lynchburg, Virginia and ten grandchildren. Condolences may be offered at www.woodstockfuneralhome.com. For cards or letters, please send to Margaret Brewer, 213 Moore Valley Way Canton, Georgia 30115. Margaret and the Brewer family have requested that in lieu of flowers a contribution be made to EPIC International marked for the Founder's Memorial Fund (Brewer). Mail contributions to EPIC International P.O. Box 218 Holly Springs, Georgia 30142
Roscoe Brewer was the founder and president of EPIC International. Roscoe founded EPIC in 2000. E.P.I.C. stands for Enabling Partners in Church-Planting and exists for the purpose of finishing the task of Christ's Great Commission by facilitating local churches to be personally engaged in equipping and empowering national believers among unreached peoples to plant self-replicating churches. The purpose of EPIC International is to model and mentor churches to birth and facilitate church-planting movements among unreached people groups in limited access areas by training, equipping and sponsoring believers to make disciples. EPIC has also been involved in translating, publishing and distributing scriptures where they are unavailable or inaccessible.
For over 45 years, Roscoe implemented missionary ventures and projects worldwide. He was a noted missions strategist and popular speaker for the cause of world evangelization. Dr. Johnny Hunt, former President of the Southern Baptist Convention, says, "Roscoe was the greatest missiologist he has ever known."
Roscoe founded S.M.I.T.E. (Student Missionary Intern Training for Evangelism) in 1965, as a young youth pastor, and thousands of youth and adults have ministered in hundreds of countries in short term programs through this ministry. He was the former chairman of the missions department of Liberty University and the former director of missions at Thomas Road Baptist Church. Roscoe had an instrumental role in making Liberty University what it is today. During his time at Liberty, he directed 16 teams of students that traveled all over the world each year. There are students from over 80 countries attending Liberty University today. Many of these students were put in contact with Liberty through the missions outreach that Roscoe led at Liberty University for nearly a decade.
Roscoe has always had a gift for strategic thinking and innovation in the area of missions. He was sought after for his passion for the unreached peoples of the world.
He was always working to create new partnerships around the world so that we could see the nations reached. He had an undying burden for the Kingdom of God and it was contagious to anyone who came in contact with him
Since its inception in 2000, EPIC International has seen thousands of Bibles distributed, and over 85,000 churches have been planted in the unreached areas of our world. There have been more than 1 million new believers born into the Kingdom through the influence of EPIC International.
In the fall of 2009, Roscoe was honored with the Founder's Recognition of Excellence at Liberty University. He was honored for his dedication and excellence in developing the foreign missions program for Liberty University and the Old Time Gospel Hour.
Roscoe ended his two-year battle with cancer on Dec. 8, 2011 at 11:25 p.m. surrounded by his wife, Margaret and his four children.
Roscoe resided in Canton, Georgia with his wife, Margaret. They celebrated 52 years of marriage in February 2011. They have four married children: Jana, Paul, Jamie and Mark and ten grandchildren.