Rev. Jorge Rodriguez, a missionary with the Board of Global Ministries of The United Methodist Church, is serving through the National Plan for Hispanic and Latino Ministries in the Oregon-Idaho Annual Conference. He works with the Lower Snake River Hispanic Ministries Council (LSRMHC) in the Eastern District.
Through his ministry Rev. Rodriguez seeks to ”establish Hispanic congregations, build relationships of trust with communities and build bridges within the United Methodist Church.”ESL classes, food distribution, a clothing bank, counseling and a children’s program are a few ways the LSRMHC is able to minister to the Hispanic community. They also provide information and legal assistance with immigration issues and information on women’s health and personal development.
Born in Chihuahua, Mexico, Rev. Rodriguez attended the School of Agriculture in Chihuahua and earned his degree in engineering. He then enrolled in John Wesley Seminary in Monterrey and received his bachelor’s in theology. Rev. Rodriguez was ordained in 1997 in the Norcentral Mexico Conference.
Rev. Rodriguez has been serving with LSRMHC since 2005. He served in the Mexico Norcentral Conference as a pastor, VIM coordinator and district superintendent before his appointment to the Oregon-Idaho conference.
”The church is where the people need it,” shares Rev. Rodriguez. He has seen how ”God is building or fixing lives and especially families with the courage to stay united and firm. Some families say they feel like the church is their second home and sometimes their first because they found peace and reasons to go forward. Thanks to God because the United Methodist Church opened its doors in this part of the country where the Hispanic population is growing.”
Rev. Rodriguez is married to Zaida, a psychologist, and they are the parents of one son.
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