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“I have been young, and now am old; yet have I not seen the righteous forsaken, nor his seed begging bread.” Palm 37:25

Roberta & Glen Strawn

Roberta & Glen Strawn

Senior Adult Pastors

Roberta has been the Senior Adult Pastor at Refuge Church since June 2012.  She and her husband of 40 years, Glen Strawn, are alumni of SAGC, they hold credentials with the Assemblies of God and they have previously pastored churches in North Carolina, Texas and Arkansas. Moving to Jonesboro in 1999, their family became a part of the Refuge body and continued in ministry. Roberta has served as a Representative for Missionettes and Women’s Ministries in the Arkansas District prior to serving senior adults.

Her motto is “Retirement is not an option for any Christian.”
Her mission is to encourage all Christians to maximize their potential in serving God and His body of all ages.
Her message is Acts 17:28 “I live and move and have my being in Him.”
She feels that “Age should not be a liability, it should be a legacy.”

The Silver Saints group invites all adults of age 55 and older to remain active for God. As we build God’s house, it will be a place of refuge for future generations.


• Nov 12 – Roadtrip to Mountain View
(Van leaves at 9am. Return by 3:30pm)

• Nov 15 – Bunco
(6:30pm at the Stimel’s home)


• Tuesday/Thursday Sr. Adult Lunch
(11:30am and Bean Bag Baseball at 12:30pm. Claudine Sparks 935-9473)

• Tuesday/Thursday Bingo
(Chick-Fil-A 8:00am)

• Wednesday Hour of Power Prayer
(10:00am Laviece New 919-2164)


Rap from Roberta

Why do we suffer?

As most of you know, last year I had cancer. It was a life-changing experience. I spent 2014 going to a gynecologist, oncologist, radiologist, cardiologist, and well, you get the “gist.” I was looking forward to the new year, but I fell December 12th before our Christmas party. It took an x-ray, CT, MRI, and almost 4 weeks to finally diagnose a hip fracture and surgery was required. I was out of church 7 weeks and in bed most of that time. I had a lot of time to pray and ponder “Why do we suffer?” God led me to the book of suffering – Job. Everyone knows Job’s story and how he suffered. The question is “Why?” It wasn’t because he was a heathen or rebellious. It is interesting, Job may be the oldest book written and he lived during the time of Abraham. In fact, it was God that called Job “blameless and upright.” So why did God recommend Job to Satan? (Job 2:13) Have you ever been going through a personal tragedy only to have a 2nd or 3rd problem arise? It is ok to ask “Why?” Well, I read and reread Job. I counted his calamities, his questions, his dialogs with his friends. There are no answers…until chapter 36:16 “He is wooing you from the jaws of distress.” This is a rather strange statement, because in my dictionary “wooing” means courtship, dating, entice, encourage, or pursue. Could it mean that God allows health problems, tragedies, family crisis to enter our lives to cause us to seek Him? God wants intimacy with HIS people. Job admits in 42;15 “my ears had heard of you but now my eyes have seen you.” God restored Job double and he was “an old man and full of years.” Let’s pursue God.