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Rooted in Midwest Ministry, Serving Suburban Souls

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Misty Anselmi and Stan Rodda had a lot in common even before they were married. They both started attending Central Christian College of the Bible in the 1990s. They were also both raised in Midwest homes where ministry was on display for them to see. The roots established in their family’s ministries, college experiences, and early years of marriage established a base for their current life and ministry in suburban Northern Virginia.

Jeff Anselmi, Misty’s dad, preached at a couple of small churches in north-central Missouri while he completed his ministry degree from CCCB. When Jeff was a junior, Misty became a freshman in 1996. They even took a few courses together and compared test scores. After a six-year ministry in Auburn, Illinois, Jeff and Robyn moved to Sierra Vista, Arizona, where he became the preaching minister at First Christian Church.

Stan Rodda, Sr. was a preacher in Pana, Illinois, when his son Stan, became a freshman at Central in 1997. Stan and Misty were dating soon thereafter. Tragically, Stan’s father passed away during his freshman year. But with that ministry influence impressed upon him, Stan Rodda remained enrolled at college and completed a Bachelor of Science in Preaching Ministry in 2002.

When Stan and Misty married in 2000, they had already been quite involved in activities and services on campus and in the area. Stan was a part-time youth minister and Misty worked in admissions. They built relationships with their teachers and fellow students. Stan played sports and Misty sang with various groups.

Their next level of service was in full-time church ministry, still in the Midwest. Stan was the Senior Minister in Milan, Missouri, from 2002-2004. His next full-time ministry was in Petersburg, Illinois, where he served as Senior Minister from 2004-2009. During their time in the Midwest, Stan and Misty became parents of three children: Grant, Ashton, and Avary.

Their Midwest ministry roots strengthened them to serve the needs of the church. But a different type of ministry opportunity for both of them was still to come.

In December of 2009, Stan accepted a ministry position with the New Life Christian Church in Chantilly, Virginia, a suburb of Washington, DC. As a campus pastor at one of the church’s sites, Stan learned new lessons about church planting and leadership. Working with a larger staff, in a metropolitan context, Stan saw the needs of people were quite different than in the Midwest. On a given Sunday, he may talk to a member of the Secret Service, a family with plenty of wealth but no time to enjoy it, or a government official struggling to bring her faith into her office.

In addition to his ministry at New Life, Stan has participated in a few other ventures. He has created resources for today’s ministry leaders at www.StanRodda.com. It features writings, podcasts, and opportunities for small group development. Stan has also served on the Board of Directors for Waypoint Church Partners and as the volunteer team leader for the Exponential Conference.

Beyond her responsibilities in the home as a wife and mother of a busy family and serving on the worship team, Misty also has a photography business and blogs at MistyRodda.com

. She writes, “My goal with my business and in each day of life, is to honor God and serve others. I believe that God has placed incredible beauty in each person and it’s my privilege to be able to draw that out through photographs. My favorite photos are those that capture relationships–the joy and love that come through connection.” Her influence through serving and meeting others instills the values she gained and developed during her years as a student and employee at Central.

Like Stan and Misty, our students learn ministry skills during their time on our campus and in our area churches. That helps them see the value of every soul, whether serving in another state or around the world. The gifts and experiences developed at Central are used to reach others to follow Christ and serve Him.

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