Pastor Rod Hairston is a dedicated husband to his wife of 27 years, Sheri, father of four, and shepherd with a commitment to helping people experience the transforming power of God in their lives and families. He’s excited to help people discover their worth and to walk in God’s amazing purpose for their lives, through a growing faith in Jesus Christ.
As the founding pastor of Messiah Community Church, Pastor Rod passionately engages people with practical teaching and encourages people to live authentic lives that make a difference. He believes a healthy and vibrant church community that emphasizes clear biblical teaching, emotional wholeness, and gracious community is the best way to transform lives. Of all the places one can go, church should be the most creative, excellent, and exciting, place in the community.
Before planting Messiah Community Church in 2005, Pastor Rod served as the full-time Life Coach and Team Chaplain of the NFL’s Baltimore Ravens (1999-2013). There he was a valuable asset to one of the NFL’s premier teams, helping to develop a winning culture in the organization. He has served as a confidant and advisor to some of the most highly acclaimed coaches, athletes, and leaders in the sports world. Affectionately known as “Rev” during his chaplaincy career, he was awarded Super Bowl rings for his leadership contributions for both of the Ravens’ Super Bowl victories, in 2000 and 2012.
These days you’ll find Pastor Rod delivering practical life teachings from the Bible with humor, candor, passion, and clarity on Sundays at Messiah. He enjoys coaching emerging leaders, coaching couples, speaking to men and couples, and writing. He is the author of Cover Her a clarion call to men to “Create a Safe Place for the Ladies in Their Lives …”. His soon-to-be-released book Cover Him equips women from all walks of life to “Care for the Hidden Needs, Thoughts, & Feelings of the Men They Love”.