Rodgers, Dennis and Melanie


Location / North America
Country / United States
Mission Board / Northwest Baptist Missions

About Us

Dennis was born and raised in Tampa at Hillsdale Baptist Church. At the age of 12 he accepted the Lord during a Tom Farrell revival service. He went to Bob Jones for two years, then worked construction following his dad's footsteps into concrete finishing. He helped build churches/buildings in Dominica, Dominican Republic (2x), and Ecuador; he also went on mission trips to Mexico, Spain, New York and Utah.

Melanie grew up in a Christian home and was involved in all the activities of her church and Christian school. Though Melanie thought she was saved at a young age, she was convicted at age 11 and trusted the Lord at that time. She took missions trips to Costa Rica and Utah. Melanie graduated with a degree in business from Pensacola Christian College in 1990.

Dennis had felt the Lord's leading into missions and had made plans to return to Bob Jones. During the semester that Dennis was waiting to return, he met Melanie at Hillsdale Baptist Church and they were married in July 1999. In August, they moved to Greenville where Dennis obtained his Practical Christian Training degree in 2001.

While in Greenville, the Lord continually burdened the Rodgers of the need for churches in America's West. They joined Northwest Baptist Missions and completed internships at Hillsdale Baptist in Tampa, Bethel Baptist in Rigby, Idaho, and Berean Baptist in Idaho Falls, Idaho. They arrived in Shelley, Idaho, in September 2007 to begin their first church plant. They worked with Pastor John and Sue Lovegrove to establish Shelley Baptist Church. In the summer of 2010, they spent two months at Red Cliff Bible Camp, supervising a team of junior counselors. The next year was spent reporting to their 30 supporting churches in the East.

The Rodgers have been in Washington since 2011 planting the Harvest Baptist Church in the Pullman, Washington/Moscow, Idaho region. This area is home to about 35,000 college students at Washington State University and University of Idaho, as well as 25,000 permanent residents. They have planted Harvest Baptist Church with the goal to turn it over to a pastor in God’s then move on to plant another balanced, conservative Baptist church that focuses on the teaching and application of the Word of God.