Stephen A. Rhodes


The following is a partial list of my professional accomplishments as both a writer and a United Methodist pastor.

Publications and Media

  • Author, Where the Nations Meet: The Church in a Multicultural World, InterVarsity Press, May 1998 (Digital edition to be available Summer 2013)
  • Writer, Director and Producer, Something To Believe In radio program and internet podcast
  • Contributing Writer, Virginia Advocate
  • Contributing Writer, United Methodist Reporter


  • Candler School of Theology, Master of Divinity; Atlanta, Georgia, 1983-1986; Woodruff Scholar
  • Emory & Henry College, Bachelor of Arts; Emory, Virginia, 1979-1983; major in religion, with concentrations also in political science, political philosophy, and Greek


  • Ordained Elder, Virginia Conference of The United Methodist Church, 1988
  • Ordained Deacon, Holston Conference of The United Methodist Church, 1985


  • Recipient, The Distinguished Evangelist Award of The United Methodist Church, award by The Foundation for Evangelism
  • Recipient, Distinguished Young Alumnus Award, Charter Day, Emory & Henry College
  • Recipient, Excellence in Ministry Award, Virginia Annual Conference
  • Recipient, Resolution of Appreciation, The Board of Trustees, Shenandoah University
  • Woodruff Scholar, Candler School of Theology, Emory University (highest academic award and scholarship)
  • Senior Achievement Award in the Field of Religion, Emory & Henry College
  • Emory & Henry Scholar, Emory & Henry College

Speaking Events

  • Keynote Speaker, The Cravin-Wilson Lectures, Perkins School of Theology, Southern Methodist University, Dallas, Texas
  • Keynote Speaker, Conference on Ministering to the Needs of Children in a Culturally Diverse Community, Charlottesville, Virginia
  • Keynote Speaker, Intentionally Multicultural Churches, a Canadian Consultation for Churches, Toronto, Canada
  • Keynote Speaker, General Board of Global Ministries Training Event on Multicultural Ministries, "The World Is In Our Parish," Falls Church, Virginia
  • Keynote Speaker, General Board of Global Ministries National Division Convocation on Multicultural Ministries, San Antonio, Texas
  • Keynote Preacher, Arlington District Convocation on Religion and Race, Falls Church, Virginia
  • Consultant, North Texas Conference Task Force on Multicultural Ministries and Congregational Renewal, Dallas, Texas
  • Consultant, Transformation, Training and Leadership Development for The General Board of Global Ministries, New York, New York
  • Consultant, The General Board of Global Ministries Consultation with Non-Hispanic Churches Doing Hispanic Ministry, Newark, New Jersey
  • Guest Lecturer, Wesley Seminary, Washington D.C., on evangelism and multicultural ministries
  • Guest Lecturer, Catholic University School of Social Work on "Religion, Race, and Community," Washington D.C.
  • Panelist, The Virginia Conference Society of Wesleyan Studies, "Wesley and the Poor," Richmond, Virginia

Work Experience

  • Senior Pastor, River Road United Methodist Church, Richmond, Virginia, 1999-2004
  • Senior Pastor, Culmore United Methodist Church, Falls Church, Virginia, 1991-1999
  • Associate Pastor, Virginia Beach United Methodist Church, Virginia Beach, Virginia, 1989-1991
  • Pastor, Byrd Chapel-Zion United Methodist Churches, Charlottesville, Virginia, 1986-1989


  • English
  • Spanish
  • Greek, Koine
  • Hebrew, Biblical

Causes Cared About

  • Appalachia
  • Arts and Culture
  • Children in Poverty
  • Civil Rights and Social Justice
  • Economic Empowerment
  • Education
  • Environment and Energy Renewal
  • Genealogy
  • Health and Wellness
  • Human Rights
  • Immigration Reform
  • Inclusion for the LGBT Community
  • Playing the Banjo
  • Peace-Making
  • Politics and Philosophy
  • Poverty Alleviation
  • Science and Technology
  • Writing
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