lead pastors

We moved to the New River Valley area over 16 years ago and absolutely love it here! We have a passion to see people genuinely know Christ through experiencing life in authentic community!


Originally from Mexico City, Rod grew up in a pastor's home and helped his family plant a church in Mexico City when he was a teenager. He later served as that church's first youth pastor and worship pastor. After moving to the U.S. in 2003, he has continually served in ministry in various roles including youth, worship, missions, and pastoral care. Rod completed his undergraduate degree in International Relations from Universidad del Valle de Mexico in 2002, and later completed an M.A. in Religion with a concentration in Worship Studies from Liberty University in 2010.


Renee grew up in a Christian family in Iowa, and moved to Virginia in 1998 to attend LIFE Bible College East. She received a Bachelor of Theology in 2002, and completed her graduate work from Regent University in 2007, receiving a Master's Degree in Organizational Leadership with a concentration in Intercultural Studies. She has served in ministry since 2000 in various roles including missions, outreach, college age, small groups, administration, and pastoral care.


We have been married for 14 years and have 3 active and wonderful kids: Camille, Jazelle, and Preston! We are so excited for what God is doing in this new season at Community Life Church, and we hope to see you soon!


--Pastors Rod & Renee Hidalgo

CLife stAFF


  • MATT MOORE

    MINISTRY SUPPORT DIRECTOR

    "I love the Church.  I love that its purpose is to spread healing, hope, and good news. I love that we do that by being kind, by loving others, by helping people, and by telling people about Jesus. And, I love that in my position I get to be a part of helping others do that too.


    I hope God will work through me to help expand our reach in the areas He has called us, and I hope to help CLife keep moving our impact outside our building and outside Sunday into our community and the world every day."

  • SAMMI LYTTON

    ADMINiSTRATIVE  ASSISTANT / WORSHIP LEADER

    "I love to help facilitate and organize all of the different aspects of CLife! Doing the small day-to-day operating tasks helps others to focus on the big picture that God wants to paint! I want to see CLife able to function in all that God has called us to do in this community! 


    I also live and breathe music and I'm so grateful to be able to serve our congregation through worship leading.  Seeing musicians come together to lead worship is an awesome experience and I relish the opportunity to help facilitate that."

  • hannah burnette

    Children's administrator

    I am thankful for the opportunity to love on your precious children! I look forward to getting to know each and every family here at CLife.

Ministry Leaders


  • Cat mansdoerfer

    Youth Director

    I had a great experience growing up in kids and youth, and I'm passionate about sharing God's love with our younger generation!

  • Haley O'Brien

    Assistant Youth Director

    I absolutely adore our youth! My heart for our youth is that they will be equipped with the Truth and will have a strong foundation to stand on while walking through middle school and high school. These times are tough, but we hope that our discipleship and community with the next generation will be a place that we can grow, learn, and be on fire for Jesus!

  • Jennifer Holdaway

    Children's Overseer

    I am encouraged by seeing children grow and develop into followers of God. I also find enjoyment in seeing people use their giftings to lead these children to become more Christ-like.

  • Dee Dee Somervell

    Children's overseer

    When I was very little, a Bible School teacher told me that Jesus loved me and she taught me how to pray. I had never heard this before, and it changed my life. We are never too young to experience changed lives because of God's love!

  • Shannon Honaker

    Children's overseer

    From an early age I enjoyed serving in the nursery at my home church. That passion has continued to grow, now turning into helping oversee and nurture our children and bring them closer to God. 

  • Lindsay Duncan

    Children's Overseer

    I believe kids are not just the church of the future, but the church of the present. I want to make sure that we do all we can to minister to them and help them develop a strong relationship with Christ. 

  • Sammi Lytton

    Worship Leader

    There's nothing I love more than making music that blesses God.  I'm honored to be able to serve him and help others see the amazing power of what a true relationship with him is about.  We stand in awe of his glory and we get the chance to show him our adoration each week as a church family!

  • fritz schindler

    worship leader

    When we lead worship each week, we're helping our church family connect with God, and at the same time having loads of fun making great music together, too! There's a special, Jesus-centered, community aspect to everything we do at CLife and being part of the worship team is one of my all-time favorite parts!

  • Simon Cook

    media coordinator

    I love using the talents that God has given me to enhance the worship experience for those who come to our services to seek His Kingdom.

group leaders

Community Groups are at the core of our church! Here are some of our amazing Community Group Leaders! To find out days/locations of the Community Groups we offer, click here!

  • Mike & Cat Mansdoerfer

    High School group

    Our goal is to help our Junior High church members to create a genuine community where each one experiences the love of Christ.  We aim to facilitate relationships with God, one another, and people outside of our immediate circle so that the love of Christ is magnified.

  • Haley O'Brien

    Jr. High group

    I absolutely adore our youth! My heart for our youth is that they will be equipped with the Truth and will have a strong foundation to stand on while walking through middle school and high school. These times are tough, but we hope that our discipleship and community with the next generation will be a place that we can grow, learn, and be on fire for Jesus!

  • Kristan West

    College Girls Group

    I love investing in college students! Our lives are centered around educating, training, and mentoring this unique age group.  There are so many huge transitions that face college-aged people and we want to see them come together in community to equip one another for life-long relationships with Christ!

  • Renee Hidalgo

    College Girls group

    When I was in college, I had a couple of ladies pour into me that were a few steps ahead of me. In this season, this is an area that I want to be able to turn around and help do that for college ladies that are in the trenches of living out their faith authentically during their college years!

  • Rod Hidalgo

    College Guy's Group/ Men's Community Group / 3 - 5th grade group

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  • Matt Moore

    Mixed community group/Men's Community Group

    My hope is to build relationship and find people who want to truly know each other.  Not just the surface person, or the Sunday morning, “Everything is fabulous and no I didn’t get in a fight with my spouse and yell at my kids just an hour ago” person, but the real individual who is flawed, and makes mistakes, and has dreams and fears and hopes. I want to know that person. And from there we can see what we can learn from and what we can teach each other.

  • Alex & Heather Parrish

    Mixed Community Group

    We are about as different in personality as you can get, which may be why we place such a high value in welcoming people from all walks of life into our home each week.  Married, single, older, younger, you are welcome in our home as we learn Biblical truths and strive to build community as we seek to answer the questions, "How can we pray?"  "How can we help?"

  • Jaime & isabel hidalgo

    seasoned adults community group

    This is a group for those of us 50 and older where we gather together to study God's word as it relates to us during this unique season of our lives. Sharing our experiences, we offer each other friendship, support, and encouragement. We know that God values our maturity as an asset that He will use in our church, in our families, and in our community.

  • ROd & Renee Hidalgo

    Married's community group

    Keep a healthy, vibrant marriage is no small task in our day and age! Marrieds group has been a lifeline for us since our first year of marriage! We love being involved in leading a group now to help encourage other couples to continue to grow toward's God's best for their marriages! Come join us!

  • josh & stephanie Whited

    married's community group

    Having a married's group geared towards First Responders has developed a place where everyone understands the good, the bad, and the ugly of life that is not the norm for most people. It is a place where we are made to slow down and concentrate on our relationship with God, our spouse, and our family while being among others who understand a crazy schedule and life. We help each other through life's situations that occur when you are living life as a First Responder.


  • Chad & Tammie Lard

    Married's community Group

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  • Paul & Laura Graham

    Married's Group

    We love being involved in a group that celebrates marriage! The fellowship and support of our community group has strengthened our relationship as we continually learn how to grow as a couple. We love getting to know other couples in our church and having a time set aside to be real and enjoy each other!

  • Brian & joy badillo

    Married's Group

    Setting aside time to work on marriage and grow together with my spouse keeps us accountable and encouraged.  We LOVE being a part of a married group!

  • James & Emily Eagle

    Married's Community Group

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  • Heather Parrish

    Women's Group

    Join us as we go through Priscilla Shirer's revised study and discover the root to clear and daily communication with God - humble obedience. We will learn how surrender unlocks His many blessings intended for us, centers us in His will, and helps us discern His voice in everyday life. We offer coffee and conversation, as well as the opportunity for spiritual growth and connection. Women of all ages and walks of life are welcome.

  • Andrea Schindler

    Women's Group

    This is a group of dynamic ladies who want to connect, to be seen and heard, to help each other persevere and to be encouraged. Please come and join the conversation! 

church council team

Our Church Council Team is elected or ratified by the church membership and shares the responsibility of stewarding the financial resources of the church . They serve by helping run the business aspect of the church! 

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