New Ministry Leadership
Greetings all, this is Rich Mendez, I am honored to be the new leader of the Rock’s Military Ministry assisted by Dustan Farr. Being new to these roles we are very grateful to Darlynne Menkin for her dedicated leadership of this important ministry the last several years and to Patty Kalaye who stepped up as the interim leader earlier this year. Both of you have been extremely helpful during this transition period.
As we look forward, Dustan and I are excited about engaging the military community which represents a significant segment of the greater San Diego population and culture. Dustan and I have both served on active duty and know from personal experience the stresses and sacrifices that military members and their families make while serving. As a ministry we have a tremendous opportunity to impact this community. According to a 2012 San Diego County study, California has the largest concentration of military personnel and dependents in the US and San Diego has the largest concentration within the state. Specifically, there are over 110,000 active duty and over 118,000 family members which is about 7.5% of San Diego County’s population. Over 60% of the family members are children. Lastly, incidence of divorce and child abuse among military families is considerably higher than the general population. Think about it!
What an opportunity! As we aligned ourselves to the Rock, its mission and vision for San Diego our purpose in this ministry is clear. We want to connect with San Diego’s military community to SAVE, EQUIP and SEND. The opportunities to bring PERVASIVE HOPE to this community are plentiful. This community has made sacrifices both personal and professional so that we can enjoy the liberty that we sometimes take for granted. The cost of these sacrifices sometimes result in great personal pain such as PTSD, divorce and abuse and even the ultimate sacrifice of life itself.
On August 16, 2017 we will be hosting a Military Ministry Information Meeting at 6:30 PM in the Library of the Point Loma Campus. If you have a passion or burden for the military and their families we invite you to join us as we strategize how to best reach out to this special community. This is a new season for the ministry and we are jazzed about what the Lord is going to do!
See you on August 16th!