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Marcus Rodriguez
Pastor for Families with Students

Tell us a little bit about yourself

My name is Marcus Rodriguez and I am the Pastor for Families with Students here at Calvary.  I also have the blessing of working with Young Adults here at Calvary.  I have served here at Calvary for nine years now.  I have a lot of hobbies and interests. I love fishing at South Padre Island, camping, hiking, traveling, craft coffee, Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, international foods, graphic design, and photography.  I love being a pastor/shepherd/teacher here at Calvary and am humbled by getting to witness God do amazing things in peoples’ lives.

 

I love my family beyond words!  I have been married to my wife, Hannah for 11 years.  She never ceases to amaze me at how strong she is.  She is currently homeschooling our daughters, working on a Master’s degree, fostering children and serving in our Student Ministry.  I am so thankful for the example that she is to our children.  Our daughters are  named Bethany (8 years old), Lydia (5 years old) and Juliana (coming April 2018).

 

What has been going on in your personal life in the last five years?

That’s a great questions!  Here are short answers. I could have a long conversation about any one of these!

1.)  Strengthening into Marriage Maturity (I love discussing this with young couples)

2.)  Children! Over the last two years we have fostered 5 children. It’s been an adventure.

3.)  Travel!  Our family took a big trip to Thailand and the Philippines and a few other awesome places.

3.)  Ministry development.  Calvary continues to grow in exciting ways!

 

What do you hope to accomplish in the next five years?

I am praying through the following personal and professional goals:

1.)  Complete a Masters Degree

2.)  Build student ministry that focuses on disciples making disciples.  We love that our students enjoy inviting people to church, but we want to take that passion that they have a step further and equip them to disciple others who will then disciple others. (Picture discipleship generations)  Jesus said, “Follow Me and I will make you fishers of men!”  The result of following Jesus should be that we become disciple-makers.  Calvary is a church that believes that young people can learn to do this now.  

3.)  Build a ministry that strengthens and equips parents to make disciples in their homes.  I want to pull together a network of parents with a lot of life experience and connect them to families that need encouragement.

 

Why do you follow Jesus Christ?

I am a follower of Jesus Christ because in my own heart, and all across the world I see the effects of a corrupted/broken human heart.  No amount of human effort or self-improvement has proven to fix this. The stories of a broken humanity simply repeat themselves from generation to generation.  The person and work of Jesus Christ through his death and resurrection gives me forgiveness of my sin, new life, with a new heart, new desires to love God and my neighbor... This changes everything. It changes me. It changes our broken world. While so much brokenness is what we see in the world today, this won't be the end of the story. I follow Jesus Christ because He is my hope and salvation.  

 

What does our purposes statement mean to you?

Our purpose statement says that “Calvary exists to make disciple-makers, for the glory of God among the nations.”  

To me, we’ve chosen to be specific with the word “disciple-makers” to bring clarity to the incredible calling and task of a disciple of Jesus Christ.  Too often, discipleship focuses on personal knowledge or personal growth but after that I see a disconnect.  For some reason it doesn’t always result in a disciple engaging in God’s mission.  My prayer for myself and all who call Jesus Lord is that we would become disciple-makers among all people.  

 

 

Is there more to life than this?

It seems that many Christians have compartmentalized their lives.  For example, we have our faith and church life, our work life, our family life, our personal interests, etc.  We jump from compartment to compartment depending on how much time we have and what season of life we find ourselves in.  We aren’t always focused on how our walk and relationship with King Jesus informs EVERY domain of life.  If we can learn to view all of life through the heart, eyes and mind of Christ, then we will constantly discover God fulfilling his will around us and through us. What could be more exciting?!