Savanna Rodriguez

Growing up in Palm Harbor, Florida, Savanna misses the constant sunshine and the beach. She came to Plainview 6 years ago to pursue a degree in education. After graduating, upon realizing she had fallen in love with the people of Plainview, she decided to stay. She is the oldest of 4 girls and believes that being an older sister has helped her understand the hearts of young women. You can find her at Thunderbird Elementary school teaching 5th grade math. This is a position she not only gets to call her job, but her passion. On Wednesday nights you will find her at Catalyst. She has worked in youth ministry for over 5 years and loves getting to minister to teens. She believes that as the next generation of believers, it is important that they are intentionally discipled and raised up to answer the calling that God has for them.  Her heart for people comes from a deep desire to express the love and grace God has given her.  (Savanna is on the right in the light blue shirt.)

Who is your hero? And why?

            My hero is my dad. He is the picture of a godly man that I get to look up to. He taught me that it doesn’t matter what you have done or what life has handed you, you can still run to God. He is a man of character that shows me the love that the Father has for us. He is supportive, protective, and kind-hearted. I hope that I can one day show my kids the love that he has shown me. 

What one event in your childhood had the greatest effect on your life?

            When I was 13, I moved from Florida to Syracuse, New York. This move changed everything for me. I went from living in a safe Christian bubble, where I was surrounded by family and friends, to a place where I only knew strangers. Through the hard and uncomfortable uprooting, God taught me that I can really only depend on Him and my family. 

What makes your heart come alive?

            Worship and getting to open my bible is my favorite times of my day. I know it is cliché, but I love getting to do these things because it allows me to sit and rest in the presence of God. He always has something new to teach me through His Word. I also love getting to sit and have conversions with young women and get to hear what’s on their hearts. It brings me so much joy! 

What “lesson from mom” do you still live by today?

             There are too many! I guess the biggest is “Don’t miss out on the blessing”. I always want to live in a way that blesses me and others. God blesses those that follow him and have faith that He will do what he promises. This advice has helped me walk in righteousness because it focuses my attention on who gives the blessings.