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Rodney Sadler served as Mecklenburg Ministries’ Board member for six years between 2006 and 2012. Rodney served on Mecklenburg Ministries’ Clergy Advisory Board since its inception. Rodney played a crucial role in Mecklenburg Ministries' Mission/Vision Task Force, going through a careful process to evaluate and craft the currently used Mission and Vision statements.

Rodney was one of the first participants in Souls of White Folk program and was involved in all the subsequent projects over the past 7 years.

Russ and Rodney each participated in the first round of SWF in 2006, Russ as a white clergy dialogue group participant, and Rodney as a black clergy advisor. They both helped to establish the "clergy lunch" program and participated in the first interfaith clergy Habitat build. As participants together in the first "all souls" retreat, they joined with other Christian clergy who were interested in reaching out to more conservative leaders and congregations, an effort the participants named "Spectrum." Since that time, Rodney and Russ have continued to be "go to" folks for dismantling racism work, including the pilot session of a mixed-race clergy seminar held during the summer of 2012.

In addition to their public work, Russ and Rodney have modeled interfaith and interracial relationships together. Soon after they became acquainted, Russ approached Rodney, realizing that although he had African-American acquaintances, he did not have any close black friends he could talk with on a deeper, more intimate level. Rodney agreed to be that friend. Russ and Rodney have been working together to build bridges and advance racial and interfaith understanding ever since.