An inner city kid raised in a rough area of South Dallas, Oscar Roan, like so many others,
dreamed of success in athletics as the road to fulfillment in life.
Oscar worked hard at making his dreams a reality. At South Oak Cliff High School he was an
outstanding performer in football, baseball, track, and basketball. His senior year he received
all-district honors in all four sports.
College years brought Oscar more recognition for his athletic ability. By the time he was a
junior at Southern Methodist University, he could see his dreams coming true. He was second
team All Southwest Conference in football and the league's newcomer of the year in
basketball. Everything seemed to be going right, but success and recognition weren't enough.
Married now, Oscar was having problems with his wife. He had developed a serious drinking
problem and was asking questions about meaning and purpose in life that he couldn't find
The answers came when he met an evangelist who led him to Christ, who shared the best news
Oscar had ever heard “ God loved him and had a plan for his life. A plan that freed him from
drinking, set in motion the restoration of his marriage, and provided a definite sense of
direction and real meaning in life.
Oscar was drafted in the third round by the Cleveland Browns in l975 after finishing his
collegiate career at SMU where he made the l974 Time Magazine All American Football
Team at tight end. In his rookie year with the Browns he caught 41 passes for 463 yards and
three touchdowns and was named 4th runner up for rookie of the year.
During his pro football career Oscar worked in the off season with the Fellowship of Christian
Athletes (FCA). He retired from the pros in l979 and went into full-time Christian service,
working as Area Director with the Dallas Chapter of the FCA.
Since 1980, Oscar, his late wife Linda, and their sons Mario and Quincy, traveled throughout
the United States co-laboring with such ministries as: The Fred Jordan Mission, Mike Barber
Prison Ministries, Fellowship of Christian Athletes, and The Salvation Army.
Gwen, a native of Louisville, Kentucky moved to Dallas, Texas in 1997. She was raised by
her parents in the catholic faith. As a rebellious teenager, Gwen party did some drugs & later
had a son at age 16.
Gwen left Louisville and moved to Los Angeles where she had another son and continue to
live rebellious and ungodly life but she felt so empty inside.
In 1997 Gwen moved to Dallas, Texas and got involved in a relationship that didn’t last.
During that time, a friend invited her to attend North Dallas Community Bible Fellowship
Church. One night after attending church services, Gwen was convicted and went home and fell
on her knees by the bedside and cried out to the living God and said, “Lord why am I still in
Dallas, Texas, I want to go back home to Louisville, KY., I’m tired the way my life is, please
help me understand why I’m here. God heard and answered Gwen’s prayer. The Lord turned
Gwen’s life around and she remained in Dallas. She became a true believer, and later a
member of NDCBF and celibate for 14 years. Gwen got involved in prayer ministry at
Gwen attended Richland Community College and received a computer specialist certificate
and a Microsoft Power Point certification. She attended Sullivan University (formerly
Business College) in Louisville and also has taken lay classes at Dallas Theology Seminary.
In 2010 Gwen’s life was turned upside down. Her oldest son was killed in a motorcycle
accident in Los Angeles. Gwen again turned to God and her church family for the love and
support she needed. In 2012 Gwen and her faithful prayer partner for over 10 years prayed for
her a Godly husband. She was very specific in asking God what characteristics she desire in a
husband. God sent her everything she asked for and more. On June 22, 2013 Gwen and Oscar
One of Gwen’s favorite scripture is “Delight yourself in the LORD, and he will give you the
desires of your heart.” Psalm 37:4.
Oscar Roan Ministries
P.O. Box 1026
Rockwall, TX. 75087