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Updated: September 24, 2012 6:25AM
What does he do?
Growing up in a military family with a father who was an Air Force chaplain, Frank Rodgers started thinking about ministry as a career in junior high. He now is the pastor of St. Paul Community Church, 18200 Dixie Highway in Homewood.
How did he get into his job?
Rodgers was born in Bluehill, Maine, and spent his early childhood in various states throughout the country, as well as two years in Japan before his chaplain father retired to Maryland, where Rodgers finished high school.
Rodgers then enrolled at the University of Maryland at Baltimore County in Baltimore, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in 1980 with a double major in history and fine arts.
Rodgers then enrolled at Bangor Theological Seminary in Bangor, Maine, where in December 1985 he received his master’s of divinity.
Rodgers served three rural churches in Minnesota for 10 years. In 1995, the three churches were merged into a new church while keeping the same denomination but moving into a new building, and Rodgers served there for 12 years.
While serving as pastor at the Minnesota churches, Rodgers was ordained in the United Church of Christ in June, 1986.
“My parents were very excited, especially my dad,” Rodgers said. “My dad was a great influence as a role model as was my mother in a different way.
“My dad never pushed (ministry) on me but wanted us kids to make our own decisions. I felt the calling and followed my own path,” he said.
In 2008, Rodgers received a call to serve a United Church of Christ church on Chicago’s South Side, where he served for two years, and then last month he began to work as the pastor at St. Paul.
What’s the best part of the job?
“The best part, I think, is having influence on how people see a situation and leading them through it to discover something about themselves and to see how God may fit into their lives,” Rodgers said.
“St. Paul’s is a Protestant church that seeks to welcome people of various religious backgrounds, and as pastor, I think my role primarily is of a preacher of the word of God, to guide people and to be a steady influence in their lives, to be a caretaker of the congregation and to be there in good times and in bad,” he said.
“I have been blessed to be invited to the most important moments in people’s lives,” he said.
What’s the worst part of the job?
“The worst part of the job is giving up part of your weekend every week,” Rodgers said.
What does he do for fun?
“I love to play tennis, racquetball and to get involved in art,” he said.
Rodgers and his wife, Vicki, live in Chesterton, Ind., and have four adult children.