Rev. Jerre Rhoades came to Clearbranch United Methodist Church (UMC) in Trussville in 2004 and has seen four lead pastors come and go. In that time, he has helped people in all manner of ways. From helping families through tough losses to overseeing the missions at Clearbranch, Rhoades has always been seen as someone that cares about helping other people. He is one of those people that always seems to find God’s hand in every situation.
Rhoades worked in manufacturing before answering the call into ministry 18 years ago. He began his role as a pastor in Arab and moved to Albertville a year later. In the years since then he has realized that being an associate pastor was a better fit for him because he liked having a more personal touch with the congregation during challenging times. As part of his role at Clearbranch, he has visited many members in hospitals and nursing homes and has been someone members could always turn to for prayer and comfort. “I have a passion for one on one ministry,” says Rhoades.
In October, Rhoades announced he and his wife Letha were leaving Clearbranch and moving to North Alabama to live with family. Members recently honored them at a churchwide reception November 25. This does not mean that Rhoades is done with ministry. As they settle into their new home, the Rhoades plan to continue to spread God’s Word and use their gifts to help others. “If Jesus isn’t going to retire on me, I won’t retire on Him,” says Rhoades.
Clearbranch UMC, Director of Communications