VIRGINIA – The leaders of One Focus Network pause to remember one of its finest pastors, Pastor Roderick Jernigan. Pastor Roderick went to be with the Lord on July 27, 2017 after an extended illness. He and his wife Kimberly led a small but vibrant work pastoring Living Word Outreach Ministry. The church became a part of the network in August of 2014.
Roderick F. Jernigan, 53, was born January 6, 1964 in Raleigh, North Carolina to Mary Jernigan and the late Robert Jernigan. In 1982, he graduated from Coats High School, enlisted in the National Guard, and later received a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Barton College. During his studies, Roderick also was the assistant basketball coach for Barton’s girl’s team.
On May 19, 1989, he married his college sweetheart, Kimberly D. Mitchell and move to Virginia Beach, VA where they started their family. Roderick was very active in the church and was ordained as a minister in 1994. He used ministry to reach others and make a true difference in the community. He also worked in pest control from many years, but being the entrepreneur that he was, he started his own business, Integrity Pest Control.
In 2000, he began coaching basketball for Community AAU. He then became assistant coach for the varsity boys at Tallwood High School in Virginia Beach. Later, Roderick became the head coach for the junior varsity boys and varsity girls teams.
Roderick was known for his caring but tough spirit both on and of the court.He became a mentor to many and a father figure to most. After several years of being a dedicated coach, Roderick realized that it was time for him to answer God’s calling for his life, ministry. He was an associate minister for 14 years, and until launching Loving Word Outreach Ministry in 2014. Many lives were changed through the work of this ministry and the church will move forward to continue God’s work.
Roderick leaves to cherish his memories, his wife of 28 years, Kimberly; three children, Jarett Jernigan, Jasmine Green (Nicholas) and Justin Jernigan; one granddaughter Nyla Green; beloved mother Mary Jernigan; in-laws Kermit and Georgia and many extended family and friends. Please continue to pray for Kimberly and the family in the coming months as they remember Pastor Roderick.