What People Are Saying About The Running Man


“Orville Roger’s greatest accomplishments are not his amazing U.S. World Indoor and Outdoor Track records in the 90-99 age group, or his numerous mission trips, but his ability to inspire and motivate people to ‘continue the race.'”
—Dr. Robert Jeffress, Senior Pastor, First Baptist Church, Dallas, Texas

“If you believe God can use you in ways beyond your imagination, the story of Orville Rogers will attest to the fact that anything is possible. The Running Man is a story about a remarkable man who trusted God and committed his life to serving Jesus Christ.”
—Woody McLendon, President, JAARS, Inc.

“Wrapped in a small Cessna airplane, surrounded by enough fuel to torch a small city, I watched him take off to fly that plane over the Pacific without a companion. As he took off, I said to myself, ‘There is a remarkable pilot, an amazing missionary, and courageous visionary!’ ”
—Paige Patterson, President, Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, Fort Worth, Texas

“Orville Rogers’ life is a great encouragement to everyone who knows him. He is a remarkable man, friend, and brother in Christ. His story will move you and get you moving!”
—Dr. Roy Peterson, President & CEO, American Bible Society

“Orville Rogers’ commitment to an unwavering stewardship of life makes me even more willing to leverage all of my time, talent, and treasure for God’s glory! I better understand what biblical munificence looks like.
—Todd Peterson, Chairman, Pro Athletes Outreach; Chairman, Emeritus of Seed Company

“God accomplishes history through men. There are many firsts in history described in this book, and Orville has been an instrument in participating with God in these firsts.”
—Samuel Chiang, President and CEO, The Seed Company

“Orville Rogers has been an inspiration to so many of us who desire to serve the Lord even into old age. He reminds me of Caleb, who said, ‘Now, here I am this day, eighty-five years old. As yet I am as strong this day as on the day that Moses sent me; just as my strength was then, so now is my strength for war, both for going out and for coming in. Now therefore, give me this mountain of which the Lord spoke in that day.’ (Joshua 14:10b-12a) Orville has claimed his ‘mountain’ and he has inspired us all.”
—Gary Cook, Chancellor, Dallas Baptist University

“After my wife’s death Orville came up for a visit. What agenda would compel a ninety-eight-year-old man to drive from Dallas to Oklahoma City? It took me a while to discover it. His agenda was…me! Once again, Orville was at his best, giving counsel, love, encouragement, and the assurance that, by God’s grace, any of us can make it through the tests of life. Yes! We can!”
—Tom Elliff, President Emeritus, International Mission Board, SBC

“Orville Rogers has been a cherished friend for over forty years. I first met him and Esther Beth when he was a Braniff Airline pilot back in the 70s. They became instant friends. He is one of the finest Christian gentlemen I have ever met. After his Braniff days he became a pilot flying supplies, equipment, and people in hard-to-reach places around the world on difficult missionary efforts. He has served as deacon and leader in his church. His passion for God compels him to keep going as he nears one hundred years old. He is a world class athlete, as is easily seen from his competitive races he has run for decades, and he still leads his age group every race. These pages will introduce you to one of the truly unique and most incredible man I have ever met.”
—Jimmy Draper, President Emeritus, LifeWay

“One of Orville’s great sayings is, ‘You are only young once, but you can be immature for a lifetime.’ I have referenced his quote hundreds of times through the years. I hope readers will enjoy meeting one of the greatest friends God has given me. I love the man like a brother.”
—Bernie May, Founder, The Seed Company

“ Whenever I think of Orville, I remember something he said years ago that has stuck with me.  “No matter how thin the pancake, there are always two sides.”
—Raymond R. Berry, President, Intelligent Technology, Inc., former Board Member, JAARS

Early one summer morning in 1975, Orville Rogers and Bob Burdick fired up the Aero Commander’s engines at the Charlotte, North Carolina, airport. As my fiancé and I stood alone waving from a nearby slope, I knew where they would end up – way across the ocean in my home country. They were not going for financial gain but to help facilitate the spread of the gospel through Bible translation work. This plane was going to bring food to the hungry, transport the sick, and carry the Word of God to the heart languages tucked away in remote regions of the Philippines. Orville Rogers ran the race using his time, talent, and resources to accomplish God’s purposes in light of eternity! What a legacy to follow!

This is from my heart to the man God has placed in my life as a mentor, encourager, and faithful prayer and financial partner, and I am truly humbled to have him ask me to write a little bit on his book.”
—Nard Pugyao, JAARS Pilot