Rod was born in Los Angeles but did most of his growing up in the Minneapolis area. In the mid 1970s, he responded to the call of Christ while on a date by praying for forgiveness of his sins and submitting to the Lord. He later married the woman he was dating, Martha, and they currently have 7 children and 5 grandchildren.
Since coming to Bethlehem in 1989, they have been involved in leading a small group, teaching Sunday School classes, teaching at Wednesday Connection (Martha), and serving on the Elder Council (Rod). Rod works as a mechanical designer and lives in St. Louis Park. His passion is to promote a vibrant community of mature followers of Jesus at Bethlehem.