Jose Rodriguez – Impacting Youth in his Church and Community

JoseRodriguez(150)Jose Rodriquez was once involved in gangs. Now, he passionately serves youth in his church and community. Check out his story:

When I was 12-years old, my dad was imprisoned and I began to look for help from guys around me. That led me to joining a gang. Around the same time, a bus began picking me up for church.

At 15, I committed my life to Christ and began a process to leave the gang, drugs, and the life of crime that I was living. I developed a relationship with Christ and knew that I wanted to help teenagers just like me. God led me to Kingdom Culture Worship Centre, a church in the second poorest large city in the nation, San Bernardino, California.

Ive been sent here as a full time missionarynot just to preach to teenagers, but to help rebuild the city starting with the youth. 

The training I have received from UYWI has challenged me to practice healthy boundaries and to build teams so that I don’t burn out. I have learned how to structure a healthy youth ministry to make a greater impact in the lives of the youth I serve in my city.” – Jose Rodriguez, Urban Missionary in San Bernardino, CA.

Want to hear more of Jose’s story and receive practical youth ministry training? Catch him at our national conference—360LA this May 15-17! (Early Bird rate is available through March 31st.)


Jose is not alone in his calling to help urban youth, and you don’t have to be either. UYWI is committed to providing the latest tools, strategies, and mentoring support to help leaders like you impact youth in both your church and community.

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