Meet Our Spanish Pastor

Pastor Arturo Rodriguez was born on December 15th, 1968 in Guadalajara, Mexico. Pastor Arturo was born and raised in a predominately Roman Catholic household, but after moving to the United States in 1985, he was invited to Evanecer Bible Church in Escondido, where he heard the gospel for the first time, and was saved four weeks later on March 23, 2004. Immediately after being saved, Pastor Arturo felt the call of the Holy Spirit into the gospel ministry.

Pastor Rodriguez attended the Bible Institute of Iglesia Baustita La Puerta Abierta in San Diego, CA, where he later went on to graduate with a degree in Pastoral Theology on May 22nd, 2013. During his time at the Bible Institute, Pastor Arturo met and married his lovely wife Xochitl Rodriguez on October 30, 2007.

After college, Pastor Arturo began assisting Pastor Crescencio Diaz at Iglesia Baustita La Puerta Abierta. While assisting Pastor Diaz, he began searching for a place where he could fulfill his calling to be a Senior Pastor of a Spanish congregation, when the Lord led him to the First Baptist Church of Spring Valley in August 2013. After prayer and deliberation, the leadership at the First Baptist Church of Spring Valley, led by Pastor Rhyjob Cabugwas, decided to take on Pastor Arturo to begin serving the Lord by creating the first Spanish Ministry at First Baptist Church of Spring Valley.

After 6 months of seeing the Lord work in the Spanish ministry, the leadership of First Baptist Church decided to officially ordain Pastor Rodriguez on January 26, 2014 as the official Spanish Pastor of First Baptist Church. Together, Pastor Arturo and his wife have one son, Jesus Rodriguez (17). Today, Pastor Arturo and his family and continuing to serve the Lord in the quickly growing Spanish Ministry, with plans of establishing a Spanish Bible Institute to prepare young Christian laborers to serve the Lord of the glory of God.