Pastor Freddie Rodriguez
A native New Yorker raised in the South Bronx where he learned to grow up quick in an atmosphere of city violence and prejudice but still found a way to survive through music, art and the education system which he valued. As most teenage boys growing up in the south Bronx he had his share of negative street life until Jesus Christ came into his life. Moving to Youngstown Ohio 1971, he attended East High School where he graduated in 1974 and later attended Massillon Baptist College and Youngstown State. He became licensed as an evangelist through The Evangelical Church Alliance.
During the early 1970’s while still in high school a phenomenon called the “Jesus Movement” hit the area by storm, teens, hippies and intellectuals turned to God by the thousands. Freddie came to Jesus through the music ministry of Bob Noble and The Lost Then Found in a small Spanish evangelical church in the east side of Youngstown, his life has never been the same.
The first church he pastored was at the tender age of 22 called The Ark Ministry in Struthers Ohio where he spent four years. He then turned to evangelism and music concerts where he performed and promoted many Christian events in the same Jesus People mode.
His passion for music and performing burned within him and opened many doors to travel throughout the area and beyond. Moving to California in 1980 he became employed by Sparrow Records where he worked until doors and opportunity for ministry presented itself, which they shortly did, he later travelled as a road manager for such popular groups of the 80’s Terry Talbot, Barry McGuire, The 2nd Chapter of Acts and promoted several concerts with Youngstown native Phil Keaggy he toured with these ministries throughout 40 states plus Canada.
Coming back to the Youngstown area he attended Victory Christian Center under the direction of Pastor David Thomas and served in their youth ministry, drama ministry, worship, and Single Adult ministry. He was later hired as Victories lead youth pastor. He credits his training at VCC as his personal training ground for starting and planting his own church. After serving at VCC He resigned his position in good standing in 1994 and moved to the Salem Ohio area awaiting new marching orders for continued ministry. Freddie, along with a handful of people meeting in his home planted a new church in 1999 called Salem Community Fellowship which later changed its name to Crossroad Ministries. He is still the lead pastor at crossroads in Salem Ohio and entering his fifteenth year as its pastor. Freddie Rodriguez has been affiliated with Converge Mid Atlantic since 2002 and is involved in their church planting movement.
He makes his home in Salem Ohio with his wife Elizabeth Rodriguez and their seventeen year old son Ian. His daughter Jessica makes her home in Hollywood as an actress and Alison and Lexa live in the area and have made Freddie and Beth proud grandparents of three adorable grandchildren. He is delighted and honored to be one of our speakers at this year’s Men of Faith Rally.