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Joseph Rogowski is native of Buffalo, New York where he studied ancient classics in high school. He is a graduate pharmacist of the University of Buffalo, 1959. He met Ursula while she was visiting from Germany on an extended vacation and they were married in 1963.


While enjoying a somewhat successful career as a pharmacist and minor partner in a regional chain of pharmacies in Western New York, Mr. Rogowski experienced a religious conversion in 1977. He resigned his positions in the company and left with Ursula and their two children for the mission field with Youth with a Mission in 1981. They served in Asia and the Pacific region for approximately ten years. 

While on staff of the YWAM University of Nations at Kona, Hawaii, Mr. Rogowski developed a seminar on community development that eventually launched him into ministry with invitations for its presentation in fourteen different nations over two decades. He earned a Master’s degree in Public Policy through studies at Regent University in Virginia Beach, Virginia in 1999 and taught a Master’s level course on Third World Politics at the International University in Vienna, Austria in 2001.


Joseph and Ursula served on Mercy Ships in Ghana in 2006 and in Liberia in 2008. While serving as a pharmacist aboard ship, during free time, Mr. Rogowski also presented seminars on community development to various church, civic, and interested groups in the local communities. He continues to promote the principles of helping the poor through community development and of a Biblical worldview and culture. He and Ursula have three grandchildren and reside in suburban Richmond, Virginia. They are directors of the small-project consulting, non-profit, charitable 501 (c) (3) corporation, Arise Development Services.

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