Elias T. Rodriguez was born March 12, 1958, in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, the second of seven children of Bishop Tulio and Adela Rodriguez. In 1973, Bishop Tulio was appointed as national overseer for the Church of God of Prophecy in Peru, South America. Fifteen-year-old Elias accompanied the family to Lima. He served in ministry alongside his father for three years while finishing high school. In 1976, he returned to the Dominican Republic to continue his university studies and in 1984 graduated from the Autonomous University of Santo Domingo with a Doctor of Dentistry degree. He practiced in that field until 1993 when he immigrated to New York where he gained permanent residency status in 1998 and became a naturalized US Citizen in 2003.
While Elias was in Peru (1975), he sensed his call into pastoral ministry. In 1995, he was appointed to a pastorate in Calhoun, Georgia, where he served for 15 years. It was while in this pastorate that he was assigned an additional responsibility, that of overseer for the South East Hispanic Region, one of the three main administrative divisions of the Church’s work in the United States. He served in this position from 2007 to 2010 when he was appointed to the Center for Biblical Leadership (CBL) in the Leadership Development and Discipleship Ministry of the Church’s International Offices as a member of the CBL Faculty (CBL Instructor).
Elias’ academic preparation includes a Master of Divinity degree from Church of God Theological Seminary (now Pentecostal Theological Seminary) in 2007 and a Doctor of Ministry degree from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary in 2014. Elias has traveled and taught extensively throughout Latin America, Western Europe, Asia, the Caribbean, North America, and Africa. He is a member of the Church’s Assembly Committee for Biblical Doctrine and Polity since 2006 and serves as its secretary.
When not directly engaged in his teaching and writing ministry, Elias enjoys being outdoors and reading. He married the former Maria E. Vargas in 1983. They have three children: Lamarie (wife, Melissa) who has given Elias and Maria their first grandchildren, Abisai, Isaac and Elyssa; another son, Mederic (wife Cinthya), and daughter, Genevieve. Dr. Rodriguez and his wife live in Calhoun, Georgia.