Pastor Rodney Lord is a native of Maine. After completing his associate degree in Engineering Technology at the University of Maine, he attended and graduated from Christ for The Nations Institute in Dallas, Texas. He served 11 years as an associate at Church of The King in Dallas. His wife Stephanie (Wells) Lord, was born and raised in Vienna, WV., they have seven children and 4 grandchildren. Pastor Rodney and Stephanie were part of a church planting team in Huntington, WV, for three years before moving to Marietta in 1997 to become part of the staff of Valley Harvest Church. In 2002, Pastor Rodney became the Senior Pastor when Pastor Stan Wells transitioned to an associate position at the church. Pastor Rodney helps lead a local relational network of regional pastors.  He has traveled in missions in Europe and Africa since the early 80’s.  Freedom Gate Church is part of a network of churches called the Federation of Ministers and Churches International where Pastor Rodney serves as part of the Apostolic Council.