Ruben Rodriguez

City of Joy Church , Puerto Rico
Lead Church Planter
Ponce Puerto Rico
City of Joy Church
October 24

About My Family

My name is Ruben Rodriguez. I am originally from the Dominican Republic, but came to the U.S. at the age of 13. I been married to my wife, Susanne, a native New Yorker from the Lower East side for 16 years. We have a 12-year-old son, Lucas David, and a 4-year-old daughter, Hannah Joy.

We now call Union City, N.J., home. As an immigrant, I felt the Lord's calling to this highly populated area to make disciples who will experience the hope and joy that a relationship with Christ gives.

About My Church Plant

We are a church plant in the second most dense city in the United States, Union City, N.J. We have more than 100,000 people within 1.25 square miles. This area is highly populated by immigrants who work across the Hudson River in midtown Manhattan. We like to consider ourselves the sixth borough of New York City. Our goal is to create dwellings of hope and Joy for families by making disciples who make disciples, not only in Union City but throughout the 30+ nations and cultures represented in Union City.

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