Lester L. Roloff was born on June 28. 1914 in Dawson, Texas. He grew up there on a cotton farm. At the age of 12, he was saved, and at the age of 18, he surrendered to the Lord’s call to preach. Acting upon this sacred calling, he entered Baylor University. While he was there, he paid for his room and board by milking a Jersey cow he had brought from his parents’ farm. He graduated from Baylor and attended Southwestern Seminary.
During the next several years, he pastored several churches before the Lord called him to minister in full-time evangelism. He conducted evangelistic campaigns across the nation in churches, large tents, and city auditoriums.
On May 8, 1944, Lester Roloff began the Family Altar Program which greatly expanded his ministry of evangelism through radio broadcast. He preached the simple biblical message that Christ is the Answer! Countless numbers have come to Christ as a result of listening to the program.
Brother Roloff’s entire life was invested in the preaching of the Gospel and ministering to people in trouble. Over the course of his lifetime, he helped pioneer several works to effectively minister to men and women struggling with addiction, to unmarried teenage mothers, to inmates in prison, and to Native Americans living on the reservation.
On November 2, 1982, Brother Roloff went home to be with the Lord while piloting his plane to evangelistic meetings to preach and to rally God’s people to be a part of meeting the great need of those he compassionately described as “the least, the lost, and the lonely.”
The Roloff Evangelistic Enterprises continues the mission established by Brother Roloff by broadcasting the “Good News” of Jesus Christ through the Family Altar Program, using his recorded messages. We feel it is important to keep Brother Roloff’s pulpit ministry before the people in a day when many pulpits have become weak. This nation needs a strong consistent message that stands for truth and right. We still believe like Brother Roloff and we are committed to getting out the Gospel he preached and that was the basis for the entire ministry.
On February 16, 1993, the National Religious Broadcasters posthumously inducted Brother Roloff into their Hall of Fame. This award is presented to an individual who, “for a significant period of time, has made an outstanding contribution in the field of Christian broadcasting with the highest of standards and faithfulness to Christ, of whom it can be testified or who can testify…”I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith'”. This Hall of Fame Award is the National Religious Broadcasters’ highest honor. During the ceremony, Brother Roloff was described as “a man with a backbone of steel and a heart of gold.”