Dois I. Rosser Jr.


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Remembering Dois Rosser

Dois Rosser began his legacy as an entrepreneur who founded the Pomoco Auto Group in Hampton Roads, Va. A Christian at age 12 and a long-term member of the Presbyterian church, Rosser began seeking a way he could further God’s Kingdom as a businessman in the 1970s. He served on the boards of Trans World Radio, Prison Fellowship, and Leighton Ford Ministries. Then, he encountered Virginia church planter Dick Woodward and his clear, compelling survey of the Bible called The Mini Bible College (MBC). Rosser knew there was a tremendous need for such materials among oral learners in poor countries. So in 1986, at age 65, he founded ICM to put MBC into the hands of people around the world.

While his contemporaries roamed the manicured lawns of Virginia’s golf courses, Rosser flew into some of the world’s most impoverished villages to meet with isolated groups of indigenous Christians. When he saw a congregation in India meeting for worship under a tree, he asked what it would take to build a permanent church for them. The local Christian leader said, “About $5,000.” Rosser replied, “Shoot, I’ll take 20.” Thus began ICM’s church-building ministry.

Up until the last three years of his life, Rosser continued to travel all over the world, leading teams of colleagues, donors and friends to see ICM’s work in the field, going by plane, boat, bus, rickshaw—whatever the terrain demanded. He arrived at the ICM office every morning, excited to hear the needs and testimonies of ICM’s many ministry partners. Today, there are more than 2,000 ICM churches in India alone, plus more than 6,000 others in 93 countries around the world. MBC has been
translated into, and distributed in, 56 languages. Rosser’s passion, leadership, and love for God and others has reached—and will continue to reach—thousands for Christ all across the globe.

“Our vision is to use any available method to share the Gospel, nurture believers, and advance the Kingdom, nation by nation. Just as Jesus told His disciples, He tells us today to ‘Go and tell them who I am.’ He has given ICM the tools to do just that. We are going into the world as He opens doors, using the vehicle of His Church and His Word to tell people who He is. I stand in complete amazement at the greatness of God and His power, which brings all this into being!” ~ Dois Rosser

Rosser was married to his sweetheart, Shirley Sutton Rosser, for 76 years. He is survived by his three daughters, two sons-in-law, eight grandchildren, 15 great-grandchildren, and many nieces and nephews. He will be sorely missed. In lieu of flowers, the family requests gifts made to ICM in his memory.

Friends and supporters are cordially invited to attend a Celebration of Life service in honor of Dois at 3 p.m. on Sunday, December 8, 2019, at Williamsburg Community Chapel, located at 3899 John Tyler Hwy in Williamsburg, Virginia.

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Checks can be mailed to ICM at 1901 N. Armistead Ave., Hampton, VA 23666.