Rev. Rodney Cranford, Sr. , Senior Pastor
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Pastor Rodney L. Cranford is a native of Dayton, Ohio and attended Patterson Cooperative High School.  He earned a collegiate degree from Miami Jacobs College and attended Seminary School in Dayton, Ohio.

Pastor Cranford founded the Life Changing Ministries in 1996.  This ministry is a one-on-one approach for helping people who may have little means to help themselves through its providing goods and services to families in need.  

Pastor Cranford is responsible for the feeding program at First Baptist Church where families and individuals are fed who otherwise would not have a hot meal.  Each one that enters is also welcomed to the church's Food Pantry.  Once a year, First Baptist Church host a Community Day in their neighborhood where the needs of families in the community are met via the sharing of food, clothing and household items.  A Health Fair and continuous education classes for youth and adults are also offered.  The church also put on a Clean Sweep initiative where they adopt four blocks around the church and clean up the streets and yards of vacant properties.

Pastor Cranford spends countless hours counseling couples on family matters and marriage as they prepare for a life together.  In addition, he has counseled those who are having trouble handling grief and depression.

Pastor Cranford supports the NAACP in its entire endeavor and is a Silver Life Member.  He is also a Golden Heart Recipient of the Eta Phi Beta Sorority Inc., Lambda Chapter, a regular donor to Life Outreach International, which digs wells to give life sustaining water to those who do not have access to clean water.

Cranford has supported the following organizations: Red Cross, Children of Incarcerated Parents of Springfield, Ohio, Thurgood Marshall High School, Fellowship of Christains and Jews, and Feed the Children.

Pastor Cranford has been married to his lovely wife, Athea, for 36 years.  He has eight children and 22 grandchildren.  Athough Mr. Cranford has a very large family, his home is always open to help and bless those who may be less fortunate.  During a typical Christmas morning, Cranford takes a few of his grandchildren with him and give gifts to people they meet on the street.  I teach my grandchildren that, "It is more blessed to give than to receive."