Rod has been pastor of Bethany since February, 1992. His father was a career man in the Navy so he has lived all over the country but Slidell has been his home the longest. He is a graduate of Concordia Junior College in Ann Arbor, MI, Concordia Senior College in Ft. Wayne, IN, and Concordia Seminary, St. Louis, MO. Rod's first call was as pastor of Good Shepherd Lutheran Church in Gainesville, GA. He was there from 1981-86. From 1986-1992 he was on staff at Trinity Lutheran Church in Lisle, IL. Rod and his wife, Karen, were married on March 15, 1997. Together they have seven children and three grandchildren. Karen works full time as an Early Interventionist/Developmental Specialist for the LSU Health Sciences Center. They especially enjoy traveling and playing with their grandchildren. Rod loves being the pastor of Bethany. It's been quite a ride so far but believes the best is yet to come. He is excited about "Connecting People to Jesus" and helping them become 3d Christians.