Serving as the pastor of Mount Zion Missionary Baptist Church for the past 20 years, Rev. Ed Rhodes will take his ministry background to the national level this week.
Rhodes, who holds doctorate degrees in Biblical Education and Theology, received an invitation to speak at the National Baptist Convention of America International’s 135th annual session in Palm Harbor, Florida.
“I’m truly excited about this rare opportunity,” Rhodes said. “There are many ministers that have been in this convention for 40-plus years and have never been asked to speak at the national convention.”
Rhodes plans to preach on “The Asininity of Atonement,” “how the blood of one man can provide salvation for anyone who accepts Him as their Savior.”
Born and raised in north Louisiana, Rhodes spent 25 years as an Alaska state trooper and six years as police chief in Anchorage. It was during his time in law enforcement that he received his calling into ministry.
“I had been in law enforcement for 29 years when I acknowledged the call to ministry and to preach the gospel,” he said, adding he made the move from Alaska to Georgia to attend seminary.
Rhodes served as a pastor in Marietta for three years before moving to Mount Zion.
Galatians 2:20 is a verse dear to Rhodes. The verse reads, “I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I now live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.”
“I have given my life to Christ, and the words of this verse provide me with the strength and the courage to get through each day,” Rhodes said.
For Rhodes, one of the most important areas the church can address is the need for programs for youth and the 25-to-35 age group.
“Most pastors are working on that here in Bartow and Cartersville,” he said.
Rhodes married Mattie Jean Hemphill, and the couple has two children and six grandchildren.
Mount Zion Missionary Baptist Church is located at 147 Jones St., Cartersville, and can be found online at www.mzmbchurch.com or on Facebook at Mount Zion Missionary Baptist Church.
The National Baptist Convention of America International annual session runs today through Sept. 18. For more information, visit http://nbcainc.com.