Bishop Dr. Fernando  Rodriguez

Bishop Fernando Rodriguez is a pastor, musician, entrepreneur, and a national and an international influence.  He is also married and a proud husband of his wife Pastor Joselyn Nataniel.  Bishop Fernando Rodriguez entered the ministry in 1997 when he and a congregation of seventeen people founded the Christian Church One Way to Heaven in the South Bronx of New York City.

More than 15 years later, Bishop Rodriguez oversees 42 churches under the association he founded called: Fellowship of Christian Churches Light in the Darkness.  The churches are located throughout the US, Puerto Rico, Dominican Republic and Mexico.  Multiracial and nondenominational, Fellowship of Christian  Churches Light in the Darkness has 20-plus active outreach ministries, more than 10,000 members, and a staff of 50 plus.

Bishop Fernando Rodriguez is also president of the Latin/African American Chaplains Association (www.lacasny.com). Founded in 2000 after receiving a calling from God, the organization has 5000 chaplains in the US and over 3,500 chaplains in Puerto Rico, Dominican Republic and the Philippines.  L.A.C.A. is located in the Hunts Point area of the Bronx. God has allowed Bishop Rodriguez to help those in this disadvantaged community. He has seen many wonderful things become possible where possibilities were thought to be few. With the help of our Lord, Bishop Rodriguez has also been able to establish a Christian radio station - Radio Renancer. Through the doors that God has allowed to be opened, his ministries have become a positive voice and a blessing for our community.

Early Years
Bishop Rodriguez was born in the Bronx, of New York City, on January 4, 1971, the youngest of four children. His father, Alejandro Rodriguez, was an entrepreneur; his mother, Iris Rodriguez, was a homemaker and raised all four children as a single mom. His mom’s commitment to her Christian faith and her kids influenced her son to be the Christian leader and Servant leader he is today.

Education
Attended John Jay College of Criminal Justice (located in NYC)
Received an Honorary Doctorate from the Christian Alliance Seminary for his Humanitarian work and accomplishments
Started FCC Light in the Darkness Theological Institute in 2007 

Business & Foundation
Founder of RJP Realty Development Corporation in 1998 (a construction and real estate management company)
Co-founded with his wife The Isaiah F. Rodriguez Foundation in 2008 in memory of their beloved son who passed at the age of three months.  This foundation will serve to help, guide, educate, minister and love on children of all ages. Isaiah may have departed this world to be with our Lord, but his legacy will go on through this foundation that will help many children. The Isaiah F. Rodriguez Foundation will also help so many kids' health wise and hopefully kids with heart conditions.
Founder of New Hope Housing (half way houses, housing for HIV and re-entry program.)

Proclamations
2001, 2012 City Council
2001, 2012 New York State Senate
2002, 2012 New York State Senate
2002, 2012 Mayor of South Carolina & the Key to the City
2003, 2012 New City Comptroller Commendation
2003, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016 New City Council
2003, 2012 was appointed Bronx Chaplaincy Commissioner
2004, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016  New York State Assembly
2004, 2012 New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg

2015, 2016 New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio
2004, 2012 Manhattan Borough President
2004, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016 Bronx Borough President
2004, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016 New York State Senate
2010, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016 New York City Public Adovcate
And over 100 awards by New York State Prestigious Organizations