The Rev. Canon Robert R. “Rob” Rhodes, Canon Missioner of Christ Church Cathedral, works specifically with mission and outreach efforts in the Greater Cincinnati area. He also carries his share of preaching, teaching, and pastoral care of the cathedral congregation. His work in the city with seekers and the marginalized is enhanced and supported through his relationships inside the congregation.
Christ Church Cathedral in St. Louis, Missouri, sponsored his ordination and contributed to his already urban orientation and understanding of ministry. He received his seminary training at the General Theological Seminary of the Episcopal Church, while also serving as assisting deacon at the Church of Saint Mary the Virgin in New York’s Times Square. For more than a decade, Rob practiced ministry in parishes in the Diocese of Missouri, the Diocese of Louisiana, and the Diocese of Newark, nearly eight years of which were as parish rectors. During those years, he was engaged in a variety of ministries from the teaching techniques of prayer to hosting large, community-oriented animal rescue and blessing events.
Rob’s passions beyond mission work itself include the deep structures of liturgy and how they relate to mission, intentional Christian communities, and understanding and rethinking our relationship to food and its production. He finds God’s presence in unexpected places — ordinary neighborhoods, coffee shops, street corners, and movie houses. He sees God’s hand in secular works and atheist philosophies. While committed to Anglican Christianity, he seeks out connections with other religious traditions, including that of non-Christians. His working class roots in St. Louis, Missouri, and his undergraduate work in fine arts taught him how to look closely and carefully for beauty and truth in the world around him.
Rob is married to Debbi Geller, a hospice chaplain.