Lay Pastor of Music
Rod was raised in West Virginia, and received a BA in Music Education from Alderson Broaddus College. He has served a High School band director, and coached high school basketball and track and field. His graduate studies were completed at The University of South Carolina.
Rod has served on the Faculty at Columbia International University for 20 years, and has been involved in church music since childhood.
Rod believes that as a Christian he is called to use his music in three ways: to worship, to express the gospel, and to encourage other believers. The desire to participate in all these areas has led him to simultaneously explore diverse musical paths. Rod recognizes that the art of learning, creating, and making music is a parable for life, and specifically, the Christian life. He finds it difficult to separate music and art from any aspect of life; therefore, it is an expression of his relationship with Christ, a tool for evangelism, and an offering back to the Giver.
Rod, and his wife Allison have three children: Jack, Will and Molly.