Church on the Rock (COTR) was officially organized and founded in 1986 from the dream of a small group of Christ followers who were established as the local Freewill Baptist church in Pascagoula since the early 1960s.
Pastor Rodger Bradley was called into ministry as a teenager from within this small congregation and quickly began preaching for his pastor on occasion. As his communication and pulpit skills developed, it became evident that Rodger’s real passion was that of a soul winner who desired to help people understand Scripture from a practical life application perspective. Put simply, Rodger desired so see the Bible come alive in the spirit of the listener.
By the early 1990s, COTR was becoming very well recognized in Pascagoula as the “little church on Chicot” that was rapidly growing, attracting many people who simply felt unloved, unaccepted by society, or were trapped in addictions and failures of their own doing. Many were saved and baptized under Rodger’s preaching ministry and the congregation grew to more than 200 by 1993, when the church purchased and built a new sanctuary, children’s ministry wing, and office complex at the current location just north of the original plant. At that time, COTR agreed to offer the original sanctuary location to a local missions ministry which to this day ministers to at-risk children and their families.
Pastor Rodger has endured several very personal challenges in his own family, in his married life, and in pastoral ministry. Rodger’s personal life story are a witness to the overwhelming, never-ending, even … reckless Love of God!
As we all experienced in August 2005 … Hurricane Katrina was a game-changer. Everyone along the Gulf Coast suffered massive losses. God used that season of recovery to enable COTR to broaden our reach to many more hurting families. The stories of loss, grief, survival, and ultimately — victory — have inspired us to press on towards even greater missions for the cause of Christ!
Now a fully cross-cultural and diverse congregation of believers, COTR desires to reach even more people with the simple yet powerful Gospel of Jesus and help them to become fully devoted followers of Christ.
Today, Church on the Rock partners with many agencies and coalitions across the Gulf Coast to provide assistance, education, and basic life needs to at risk families, addiction recovery patients, and many who are overcoming life challenges.
As Pastor Rodger says often, ” … I’m just one beggar helping another beggar find Bread …”