Pastor Rod Hairston is a dedicated husband to his wife Sheri, father of four, and shepherd with a passion for building strong men to serve their families, the marketplace, the community, and the ministry. He’s committed to helping people live dynamic lives through faith in Christ and through the clear teaching of Scripture.
As the founding pastor of Messiah Community Church, Pastor Rod actively engages people with practical, life-changing, teaching and encourages people to live authentic lives as they seek to make a difference for Christ. He believes a healthy and vibrant church community is the best way to transform lives, homes, and communities. The way things used to be done is not necessarily the way things should always be done. Pastor Rod believes the church should be the most creative, excellent, and exciting, place in the community.
A graduate of Va. Tech, he has served as the team chaplain and leadership coach to the NFL’s Baltimore Ravens since 1999, helping them to build a winning culture among front office executives, coaches, and players. He invests time with leaders in the professional sports world, helping them navigate a rapidly changing sports culture and speaks often at NCAA, NFL team gatherings, men’s & marriage conferences, and corporate leadership meetings.