Roland was born in California, raised in San Jose, received a BS degree in Mechanical Engineering from San Jose State College in 1956. Since then his career has been largely in Southern California, employed with a variety of aerospace companies and as a Senior Project Manager in design and construction of major facilities projects around the world.
Roland and his wife Dianne were called into the church in March 1969, and he was ordained as a Minister in June1973. They have served in several congregations in Southern California, currently San Diego. In retirement, they live in Valley Center and operate a small avocado ranch.