Meet the Staff: Jason Rohde
By NMC - January 7, 2016
Posted in NMC Staff, Stories from NMC
This week we welcomed a new addition to the NMC Care team, Jason Rohde. Over the coming weeks and months, you will see him and get to know him better, but for now, here’s a little intro to him.
Q: Where did you grow up?
A: I grew up in Bremen Indiana and went to Bremen High School. My dad has been a pastor there for over 30 years, so I grew up as a pastor’s kid.
Q: Where did you go to college and what did you study?
A: After graduating from Bremen, I went to Bethel College. I got there on a tennis scholarship, but not long after I arrived, I realized God had me there for a bigger purpose. I decided to major in Biblical Studies and pursue ministry.
Q: Where did you work before NMC?
A: I worked at as a youth pastor in Ohio for a couple of years after graduation. After that, I pastored at Davison Missionary Church in Davison, Michigan for 12 years. My wife grew up in Davison and actually attended Davison Missionary for 20 years, so she knew the area and the church very well.
Q: Tell us a little bit about the Rohde clan.
A: My wife, Lindsey, and I have three daughters. Naomi, who is seven years old, is our oldest daughter. She’s in the first grade and is missing her two front teeth. Norah, our middle daughter, is four years old. She’s in Pre-K and is definitely the social one of the three. Nadia is our youngest and is 11 months old. She’s growing in some of her teeth right now and will be walking soon. I love spending time with my girls. After they came along, I gave up hobbies like softball, golf and tennis so that I could spend my free time with them.
Q: When and how did you come to know the Lord and feel called into ministry?
A: I grew up in the church, and I loved Jesus since I can remember. I accepted Jesus as my Lord and Savior in the fifth grade at a Wednesday night Awanas meeting. As I grew up, there were moments where I strayed from the Lord, but He always called me back. He never let me go or gave up on me. On June 21, 1995, I was in a severe car accident. Before then, I knew God was calling me to ministry, but I was resisting this call. This accident woke me up, though, and I finally said yes to God’s purpose for my life.
Q: What has been one key ministry moment for you and how has it shaped the way you pastor?
A: I attended the Cross Style Conference for many years while in ministry. This conference continually led me back to Philippians 2:1-8 which says, “…have the same attitude as Christ Jesus…taking the very nature of a servant.” Everything I do needs to be about Him. It completely changed my life and my ministry.
Q: How did you end up at NMC?
A: I worked with Pastor Derry at Brown City Camp. While we were there, I talked to him about potential ministry opportunities in the future. As time went on, I was put in contact with some of the NMC pastors, and we talked about me joining the NMC team. There was a lot of prayer seeking the Lord and His direction on NMC’s end and my family’s end. In the end, we felt the Lord was calling me and my family to NMC.
Q: Why are you excited to join the NMC family, and what are your desires for the NMC body?
A: I love the vision and purpose and people of NMC! How awesome is it to be wholeheartedly “all in” and committed to what God is doing? How exciting is it to be part of building His Kingdom together all over the world? NMC is the place we know God wants our family to grow and serve. My desire for the NMC body is that His Kingdom grows and moves and multiplies, and He alone gets the glory.
Q: Why are you passionate about Care Ministry?
A: I love people! The loss of my mom in 2012 to brain cancer was a trying time in my life. Through this, I sympathize with those going through tough times. Every situation, every person is different and important. We all need people to come alongside of us during these times in our lives.
Q: If you had a day to yourself to do whatever you wanted, where would you go and what would you do?
A: Let’s make it three days (two for travel). I would spend time with family and friends in the Tennessee Smoky Mountains to hike to a breathtaking waterfall and have a picnic. Then we would head back, find a lake and go jet skiing and boating the rest of the afternoon. We would end the day with a delicious BBQ and play board games and/or cards until we couldn’t stay awake!
Q: What’s your best prank of all time?
A: Our family was leaving for Tennessee on April Fools, and my parents had the van completely packed. At around 2:00 a.m., my brother and I moved the van to other side of the block and went back to bed. My parents woke up and panicked. We pretended like we didn’t know what was going on—bad idea! April fools, mom and dad!