The Rev. J. Devin Rodgers

Please reflect on your participation in the life of your congregation, the diocese, and the larger community:

I have been a part of the Diocese of Southern Ohio since 2008, and have been blessed to serve at several parishes over the years first as a lay leader and now as a priest. I have served God’s Church through my involvement with the campus ministry at Holy Trinity in Oxford, OH and as a young adult leader and choir member at Calvary in Clifton. I received my Master of Divinity from Church Divinity School of the Pacific in Berkeley, CA. As a seminarian I worked as a sacristan for three years and served on a team that revisioned CDSP’s chapel and worship life. I completed my field education at St. Luke’s Episcopal in San Francisco where I built and conducted a children’s choir and youth formation program. Following my graduation from CDSP in 2017, I had the privilege of serving as a transitional deacon and priest at St. Gregory of Nyssa in San Francisco, CA. At St. Gregory’s I learned the value and importance of connecting the praise and worship God to local culture, customs and community. I formed new community-centered ministries including a “Mission on Tap” pub theology group. I also formed and led a team of parishioners to serve as foster care mentors for children living in a residential foster home. In 2019, I was called to serve as the rector of St. Alban’s in Bexley, Ohio. It is a blessing to lead this parish to discover the role they play in Christ’s mission. Currently at St. Alban’s we are discerning how to more deeply engage with the surrounding neighborhood and community. This had led to a newly formed partnership with the Columbus Early Learning Center and a joint ministry with Capital University. With the help of our Vestry and Wardens we are forming strong and sustainable lay leaders so that St. Alban’s may continue to make God’s love known in Bexley and beyond.

Why do you feel God is calling you to serve in this position?

When I dream about the Church in the next ten or twenty years, I am excited about the immense potential we have for creating new, creative and vibrant communities that are grounded in our ancient traditions. As a priest, who views my ministry through Word and Sacrament, I strive to root my ministry in gratitude and the immeasureable ways that the Incarnate Word meets us every day in our own context. This mindset frees us to serve from a perspective of abundance, gratitude, stewardship and joy rather than “survival.”

I am a networker, and find joy in bringing people together for God’s mission. Oftentimes, this leads to new and creative ways of adapting our ministries, using our gifts, and our diverse experiences to serve the needs of the world.

I am passionate about Christian formation and education. I believe that everything we do as the Church serves one purpose- to form ourselves and others to be disciples of Jesus. This is a perspective the Church needs to be reminded of, and I believe it will lead us to greater, more fruitful ministry in the Diocese of Southern Ohio.