History of Roar

April 16, 2007

ROAR Roots

In order to reclaim our Christian heritage, Aaron Auer and John Sutton founded ROAR Oregon on April 19, 2008, at our State Capitol. R.O.A.R. (Reviving Oregon's Amazing Roots) commemorates the labors and achievements of Oregon's heroic pioneers of faith, especially the missionaries, ministers, and circuit-riding preachers of the gospel. It all began on April 16, 2007, when Aaron attended a rally at the State Capitol where he noticed two statues on the grounds that he had never noticed before. One was a statue dedicated to the circuit-riding preachers who helped establish our great state and the other was a statue of Jason Lee, Oregon's first missionary. He realized there and then that he must find out everything he could about Oregon's amazing roots! He was guided to many historical documents and books by the Lord, his excitement growing with each new discovery. A burning desire to share our Christian heritage with all of the old Oregon territory - including Oregon, Washington, Idaho, Wyoming, and Montana - was birthed. Aaron made a trip to Washington D.C., and after viewing our great Declaration of Independence, the original constitution, and other documents in the national archives along with Jason Lee's statue in Statuary Hall, he was inspired to create a document of his own. With the help of Pastor Sherwood Vegsund and Reverend Gary Uphan, Aaron and John created The Declaration of Oregon's Ministers and Leaders to unite us in our common core values rooted in the knowledge of Oregon's Christian heritage. In the summer of 2009, to commemorate Oregon's 150 years of statehood, Aaron and John toured all 36 county court houses in 45 days - also known as the "Line in the Sand Tour," reading their declaration, preaching, praying, prophesying, and making their presentation to all, including judges, commissioners, sheriffs, and other public officials. As of 2011, the ever-growing ROAR regiment has now participated in approximately 100 venues, including churches, schools, rallies, and governmental events and invocations. April 16th Event at the Capitol and the Work now engaged with Native Americans on the Reservations; Preaching To and With First Nations People! We need YOUR support as a monthly partner! Click here to donate and invest in ROAR Ministries.