The Rev. Al Rodriguez is a 1996 graduate of Seminary of the Southwest and served primarily in parish ministry culminating with his fifteen years as rector of St John’s Episcopal Church in Austin. Al is an assistant to Dr. Paul Barton, Director of the Hispanic Church Studies Concentration and is part of the adjunct faculty at Southwest focusing on ministry among multi-generational, U.S born Latinos, a topic he teaches at the seminary. Al is also a Fellow with the national Fellowship Program of the Episcopal Church Foundation, which awarded a grant for his American Latino Episcopal Outreach (ALEO) project.
The Rev. Rodriguez is one of the principal founders of El Buen Samaritano Episcopal Mission and served as its executive director during his seminary work. He has served in the Diocese of Texas in various capacities for the last 30 years, including: Chair of the Standing Committee, member of the Executive Board, delegate and alternate delegate to General Convention, and as Trustee of Seminary of the Southwest. He is a current member of the diocesan Hispanic Ministry Commission and serves as advisor and presenter in the national Latino/Hispanic Ministries of the Episcopal Church Center in New York. He and his wife, LaVerne, served as Peace Corps Volunteers in Venezuela. Al is a native of San Antonio, Texas.
MDiv, Seminary of the Southwest; BBA, St. Mary’s University; Peace Corps Training, University of Notre Dame; Masters program in Community Economic Development, University of Pittsburg; Economic Development Institute, University of Oklahoma