Rodger Woodworth is Director of Cross-Cultural Ministries for the CCO. Before joining the CCO, Rodger planted New Hope Church, an inter-racial congregation on Pittsburgh’s North Side. Rodger pastored New Hope Church for 18 years. He is ordained in the Evangelical Presbyterian Church.
I became familiar with the CCO through our adult children. Our son, daughter-in-law, and son-in-law all got their start in ministry through the CCO. I immediately appreciated the organization’s high view of the church and their biblical worldview from a reformed theological perspective. My view that God is redeeming all things and restoring the social shalom that has unraveled lined up with that of the CCO.
As I entered into the twilight of my life and ministry, I began to ask myself, “Where can I have the greatest impact for the Kingdom of God in my remaining years? How can I share my experience and passion for urban ministry and racial justice with the future leaders of God’s Kingdom?”
The CCO’s mission to transform college students to transform the world was the answer because, as I often say, God is bringing the world to our college campuses. Equipping our staff, students and the CCO organization to engage this growing diversity with the gospel of grace and inviting them into God’s multi-cultural Kingdom has become my new pastoral ministry. My desire is to not only have students see their vocation as holy, but to consider how their lives can be woven into the fabric of God’s redemptive story.