Sam Rodriguez has been named the Director of Faith Formation and Community Engagement for The West Ohio Conference of The United Methodist Church. He will begin his new role on February 4.
“I am excited about building relationships with clergy and laity and seeing what God is going to do through me and the leadership of the West Ohio Conference," Rodriguez said.
A lifelong United Methodist, he comes to West Ohio with vast experience in relationship development, foundational coaching and intercultural proficiency, equipping church leaders for Hispanic/Latino or Multiethnic church planting and training that builds faith and leadership. Rodriguez has served two United Methodist General Agencies (Discipleship Ministries and the General Commission on Religion and Race), and the Central Texas Annual Conference as the Director of Hispanic/Latino Ministries. He has extensive experience working in rural, urban suburban and other contexts.
As the Director of Faith Formation and Community Engagement, Rodriguez will empower and support congregations and leaders to develop asset-based relational mission and ministry that transforms individuals, congregations and the community. This ministry of engagement is rooted in the love of Jesus Christ that calls us to invite people into communities of faith that transform the community and world.
Rodriguez will join the Connectional Ministries staff supervised by Rev. Dee Stickley-Miner. “I am excited that Sam is joining our staff. His enthusiasm and experience in faith formation will help United Methodists see their neighbors and communities through the eyes of Christ. It is this love of Jesus that calls us – leads us to share the love of Christ with others. Sam’s ministry will be an integral part of equipping and supporting our local churches for this important work,” she said.
A graduate of The University of Texas at El Paso, Rodriguez holds a Bachelor of Arts in English and American Literature and a master’s degree in Christian Service from Brite Seminary in Fort Worth, TX.
Rev. Barry Burns, Northwest Plains District Superintendent and Dean of the Cabinet, served on the interview team that hired Rodriguez. “In my work as a District Superintendent, I see that we are in a time where we can no longer compartmentalize our ministries and expect to be effective. I am very pleased and excited to welcome Sam Rodriguez to our WOC staff team. Sam’s experience and skill set will help lead us forward as a conference to actively work towards both faith formation and community engagement,” Burns said.
Sam and his wife, Demetria, will be relocating to Ohio from Texas. They are the parents of two adult children.
“I am greatly blessed to continue to serve God in a role that has abundant potential to influence the vitality of churches within The West Ohio Annual Conference,” Rodriguez said.