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