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New Youth Director Joins New Jersey Conference

Story by Cinthia Portonova

The New Jersey Conference welcomes Carl Rodriguez to serve as the new youth director. With many years of Youth Ministries experience under his belt, Rodriguez has worked as a teacher, pastor, camporee director and conference youth and young adult director. He most recently served as the Youth and Young Adult Ministries director for the Chesapeake Conference.

Rodriguez is currently a candidate for a Doctorate in Ministry in Urban Ministries from the Seventh-day Adventist Theological Seminary (Mich.), and already holds a Master of Divinity from the same institution. He also has a Master of Business Administration from Frostburg State University (Md.).

Rodriguez is happily married to his sweetheart, Maria, and the couple has one daughter, Elizabeth. They also have two dogs, Caspian and Narnia, and two cats, Tux and Lynx.

In their spare time, the family enjoys playing tennis, golf, hiking, biking, reading, traveling, sightseeing and watching movies together.

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