Lisa Rogers didn’t just learn about Union University when she started considering where to attend college. She had known about it all her life.
“My dad attended Union, and he was Union’s biggest fan,” Rogers says.
Rogers, a 1983 Union University graduate and a physician in obstetrics and gynecology with the Jackson Clinic, is the daughter of Melvin Williams, who was a longtime Baptist pastor in western Kentucky and West Tennessee.
“It was his habit to take juniors and seniors from his church to Union and make sure they had seen the campus and encouraged them in attending Union,” Rogers says. “They joked that he was an admissions counselor who was not on the payroll. He strongly believed in Union’s mission.”
Rogers had scholarship offers from other schools but said Union was where she felt she belonged. Participating in the Rising Senior Program as a high school senior solidified her decision to come to Union, and that’s a decision she has never regretted.
“It was a great place to grow, to have exposure to many different facets of life that I really had not seen before, to have professors who invested themselves in me, spent time with me, encouraged me, advised me, helped me to achieve my goals,” Rogers says. “Academically I was very well prepared to achieve my goals.”
Though those goals in high school included becoming a nurse, Rogers changed her mind when a friend encouraged her to become a doctor. She discussed it with her parents and prayed about the decision before determining God was leading her in that direction.
While at Union, she heard speakers such as Paul Brand, a missionary to India who took care of leprosy patients. Brand helped her to view medicine in a different light, and she says exposure to such speakers helped her to mature spiritually and to focus on practicing medicine in a way that showed the love of Christ.
Rogers’ involvement with Union didn’t end with her graduation. She became a trustee in 1999 and a few weeks ago was elected as chairman of Union’s Board of Trustees.
Like her father, she sees Union as a place where young people are taught to live out their faith in Christ in whatever their vocation.
“It’s great to see my alma mater continuing its mission,” she says. “Some other schools have felt they have to compromise their academic standards to keep their commitment to biblical truth, but Union strives for excellence. It’s an honor to be involved.”