lead pastors

We moved to the New River Valley area in 1999 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 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 since 2003 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

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    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.

  • hannah burnette

    Children's Director

    I love working in children's ministry because I am passionate about pointing kids to Jesus in creative and fun ways. My hope is that every child that comes to Community Life feels known and can experience the love that Jesus has for them. 

  • Haley smith

    Youth & Outreach Director

    I love youth so much! I am a middle school teacher and have an awesome ability to teach and live life alongside our youth kids in and out of school. Knowing Jesus changes everything! These youth years can be tough and lonely without knowing and having a relationship with God, who is our hope. My heart for our youth is that they know Jesus is their friend, companion, and confidence. When they walk with Him, they learn that they are never alone and always have a friend. Our youth are the light in their school, in their homes, and in our world! 

    I love the New River Valley and all people who live here! Outwardly loving others through outreach is a tangible way of how we can be the hands and feet of Jesus! Serving Jesus is a lifestyle here at CLife and it's an honor to be a part of a little piece of God's plan!

  • Cat Mansdoerfer


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

Ministry Leaders

  • 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. 

  • Charlie Davis

    Children's intern

    I am so blessed to have this opportunity to be the Children’s Intern for Community Life Church! I just want to spread God’s Word into these little kids' lives and to show them how much God loves and cares for them!

  • 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!

  • James Eagle

    Worship Leader

    Music is a powerful tool used all throughout the Bible. It allows us go on this journey that connects us with God. Through a bond of music people can passionately worship God together creating a delight in His ear.

  • Crystal WIltsee

    Hospitality Coordinator

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  • 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.

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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  • Luis gonzaleZ

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  • chad lard

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  • Shannon honaker

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