About Us: Meet the Rector
Rev. Al Rodriguez was called as priest and Rector of St. John’s on March of 1999. He holds a Masters of Divinity from the Episcopal Theological Seminary of the Southwest in Austin, Texas. His prior educational background includes a B.B.A. degree in Business Administration from St. Mary’s University, and completion of graduate course work at the University of Pittsburgh in the field of social and economic development. Fr. Al completed Peace Corps training in the field of community development at the University of Notre Dame.
Prior to and during his seminary studies, Rev. Rodriguez directed the Episcopal human needs mission known as “El Buen Samaritano,” a social ministry which he helped to establish in 1986 and directed for seven years. After seminary, Fr. Al served as Assistant to the Rector and eventually as Priest in Charge of Trinity Episcopal Church in Longview, Texas. His previous career has spanned both governmental and private business sectors in Washington, D.C., Pennsylvania, and Texas. “My previous career in community and economic and small business development provided me with good management and administrative skills that have been extremely useful in my helping to guide a parish and overseeing congregational development.”
Rev. Rodriguez has been a member of the Diocese of Texas for the past 28 years, and as a lay person, represented the diocese as a Deputy and Alternate to the 1988 and 1991 national General Conventions, respectively. He is a current member of the diocesan Commission on Hispanic Ministries, and a member of the diocesan World Mission Division, and an elected member of the diocesan Executive Board. Fr. Al has served as member and Chair of the Diocesan Standing Committee.
Rev. Rodriguez is currently a trustee of the Hispanic Scholarship Trust Fund at the national church level, and a past member of the Episcopal Anti-Racism Committee for the national church.
Rev. Rodriguez is married to LaVerne Calvin Rodriguez, and has two grown children, Damian and Iliana. He is a native of San Antonio, Texas, and he and LaVerne are former Peace Corps Volunteers, having served in Venezuela.