Stephen A. Rhodes

About the Writer

Stephen A. Rhodes is a published author and also a pastor in the United Methodist Church, serving in the Virginia Conference.  He was named Distinguished Evangelist of the United Methodist Church. Rhodes's first book, Where the Nations Meet: The Church in a Multicultural World, was published by the academic books division of InterVarsity Press, and is now available in a digital format through Amazon Kindle.  Because of his writings and work, Rhodes is nationally recognized as a leader in multicultural ministries.  He is currently an active member of James River Writers in Richmond, Virginia, and also the National Association of Memoir Writers.

In 1999, Stephen Rhodes was appointed as senior pastor of River Road United Methodist Church in Richmond, Virginia.  In November 2001, he became seriously ill with a mysterious disease.  He was finally formally diagnosed in December 2002 as having Chronic Fatigue and Immune Dysfunction Syndrome (CFIDS).  In June 2004, Rhodes took a medical leave from ministry in order to manage his illness.

As a result of this struggle, Rhodes is currently writing a book, tentatively entitled The Reluctant Ascetic: A Journey Through the Desert of Chronic Illness.  This memoir addresses his battle with CFIDS over the past decade, and is intended to speak to all persons who struggle and live with chronic and frequently invisible diseases.

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