Sunday, 11AM @ Fields Rd ES, 1 School Drive, Gaithersburg

Pastor Rod Bender

 

Pastor Rod Bender

Community & Outreach

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Rodrigo was born and raised in Brazil. In 2002, he was introduced to Jesus and entered the most exciting journey of his life. Soon after his conversion, Rod sensed God was calling him into cross cultural ministry. He moved to the United States to be trained for vocation ministry in 2003. Since then, Rodrigo has earned a Bachelors of Science in Religion from Liberty University, a Masters in Divinity from Baptist Bible Seminary, and was part of a team of students that started Mountain Stream Church (a multi-ethnic congregation in East Stroudsburg, PA).

However, the greatest accomplishment of his life was not achieved in the classroom, but between classes. It was then that Rod met Annie, a beautiful lady who agreed to become his wife in 2006 (Rod definitely got the better end of the deal:-). They have had the joy of being blessed with four children through the years: Dominic, Dylan, Grace, and Skyler.

Last Fall 2015, Rod and his family took a great step of faith and moved to Gaithersburg, MD to start a new Kingdom work. They’re a part of a vibrant ministry with ApartmentLife and have teamed up with the Choys and the Doans to plant Restoration Church — an ethnically and economically diverse community of faith committed to joining the mission of God in the restoration of all things.

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The Bender Clan
 

"From now on, therefore, we regard no one according to the flesh. Even though we once regarded Christ according to the flesh, we regard him thus no longer. Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come. All this is from God, who through Christ reconciled us to himself and gave us the ministry of reconciliation;" -2 Corinthians 5:16-18


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