Welcome our New Associate Pastor

Dorcas Rodriguez has been married to Rev Joel Rodriguez for the past 33 years. They have two beautiful sons and SEVEN fabulous grandchildren (of course fabulous). Dorcas was born in Philadelphia, PA to parents originally from Puerto Rico. Dorcas is comfortably bilingual in English and Spanish, having spoken both all her life. Dorcas & Joel moved to Georgia in 1994, and she has served with Joel in several locations throughout the North Georgia Conference. After receiving the call to ministry herself, Dorcas attended the Candler School of Theology at Emory University, graduating in May 2015. Dorcas has been approved by the Board of Ordained Ministry of the United Methodist Church for ordination in Athens in June 2019.
Dorcas has served as a Methodist pastor for the past eight years. She served at Cornelia UMC in Cornelia, GA and Winters Chapel UMC in Doraville while living in Norcross and attending Candler (busy lady!).  She has served both Hispanic and English-speaking congregations and is comfortable serving in both cultures.  Dorcas feels blessed in being fortunate enough to live, serve and share life together in both worlds of the Hispanic culture and the American culture. Dorcas shares that she is so passionate about sharing her faith and the Gospel of Jesus Christ with everyone who crosses her path!
Whenever Dorcas and Joel have any free time they love to go on cruises. The beach and the ocean are some of her favorite places to be - they are such a beautiful part of God's creation! She loves anything Snoopy, Charlie Brown and Peanuts characters related, so don't be surprised when you see an invasion of these characters in and around Hillside!
Dorcas shares, "I'm excited for this new appointment to Hillside UMC to see what God has in store for us.  Our lives have many chapters.  So I'm looking forward to this next chapter in our lives that has not been written as of yet.  May we continue to work and serve in the kingdom of God!"

So we would love for you to join us in welcoming Rev. Dorcas by attending a Welcome Luncheon on June 23rd following the 11am service (roughly 12:15pm) in the Celebration Hall lobby. There will be a gift table if you would like to leave her a welcome card/gift. Below you will find a list of her favorite things, restaurants, etc. We would love to take this opportunity to bless her as she we are beyond excited of her arrival and what God is going to do through her at Hillside.

Please RSVP & Sign Up to Bring a Dish on June 23rd!

A Few of Dorcas'
Favorite Things

  • All things Snoopy / Charlie Brown / Peanuts related
  • Candy: Watermelon Jolly Ranchers & Peanut M&M's
  • Restaurants: Bay Breeze, Hibachi, Olive Garden & Cracker Barrel
  • Tea/Coffee: Cafe Bustelo (Keurig pods) & Tea - Ginger & Honey 
  • Baked Goods: Red Velvet & Carrot Cake
  • Colors: Pink / Purple / Fuchsia
  • Scents: Cucumber Melon, Lavender, Peppermint & Cinnamon
  • Flower: Pink & Red Roses
  • Sports Team(s): Philadelphia Eagles/Phillies/76ers
  • Places to Shop: TJ Maxx, Marshall's, Ross, Kohl's & 5 Below