Director of the Theological Education Initiative
Having served as a local church pastor, Rod has a passion to use his experiences to help navigate the challenges of next generation ministry leaders. He believes that theology matters. In addition to leading the theological education initiative, he has taught preaching as an adjunct professor at A.W. Tozer Seminary and Bethel Theological Seminary and publishes articles for Preaching Magazine and CT’s Preaching Today.
Dallas Theological Seminary – Master of Theology, 1987
Talbot School of Theology/Biola University – Doctor of Ministry, 2003
Doctoral Project: “Learner-sensitive Preaching: Enhancing the Clarity and Relevance of Sermons for an Emerging Generation
His wife, Julie, and he were friends and dated in high school before they married in 1984. Their two daughters (Miriam and Hannah), sons-in-law, and grandkids all live nearby in Columbia. Notably, Rod’s claim to fame is that he was once ranked #212 in Wii NBA Live ’09 online play. Rod likes to brag that he had a wicked hook shot that sometimes went in and if he’d had better coaching he “might” have played in the NBA:) His passion for the local church and transformational communication is only eclipsed by his seasonal insanity during basketball games.