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Rev. Joel Rodriguez
Pastor of Hispanic Family Ministry and Recreation

Phone: 770-448-4142, ext. 117

Email: joel@nfumc.org

Joel holds a BA in Religion and Philosophy and a Minor in Sociology from Piedmont College, Master of Divinity from Candler School of Theology. He has been in pastoral ministry since 1988.

He began ministry in Philadelphia, PA and has served as pastor in Philadelphia, Athens, Cornelia and Norcross, GA and founded two new ministries, in Commerce and Fort Valley, GA. Under his leadership as a pastor, he helped develop the leadership of the church, including five who went into the pastoral role.

Born and raised in: Chicago, IL; Raised in Utuado, Puerto Rico

Children: Joel Jr, and Andy and 6 grandchildren

Favorite Verse and Why: "Let not your heart be troubled." John 14:1-4
It reminds me of my future

My hero is: Jesus Christ

Best Asset: Didn't know I have one.

Hobbies: Reading, Jigsaw puzzles

I'm happiest when: I spend quality time with my wife and family

I am most excited about: Ministry

My trademark cliché or expression: “Que santa poca de vergüenza
(What a little bit of shame). Or “Ahi bandito” (poor thing)

Favorite foods: Puertorican food (alcapurrias, rellenos de papas,
bacalaitos, Sancocho)

Favorite movie: There are many, love comedies

Favorite sports team: All Philadelphia teams

Favorite vacation spot: Cruising – love to cruise

My last meal would be: A typical Christmas meal from Puerto Rico

Nobody knows: In 2008 the Mayor of Cornelia declared June 15
as Joel Rodriguez Day!

Last Published: April 6, 2017 9:28 AM