Dru Dodson

Dru Dodson

Lake Valley Community Church is the second church Dru and his wife, Jo, have helped plant. He was recently interim Executive Director of The Exodus Project, a non-profit dedicated to reducing prisoner recidivism in Arkansas. He is presently startup Director of Operations for Restore Hope Arkansas, a non-profit initiated by the Governor of Arkansas to address the crises in foster care and recidivism. He recently joined the Board of Water4Good which provides water solutions in the Central African Republic. Lake Valley has released half of Dru’s time for apostolic ministry both internationally and in the U.S. He leads the HaitiCure team which is engaged in training over 1000 pastors in Haiti, and is piloting theological training for business leaders there. He facilitates accredited theological training through the Antioch School. He also mentors younger church planters and those starting church-based theological training in their own areas.

Dru has a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering and was a professional consulting engineer for fifteen years. He has a M.Div. degree, and a M.A. in Christian Thought. He recently completed a D.Min. in Global Church-Based Theological Education. He is the author of Kingdom Outposts: A Fresh Theology of Relief and Development. Dru and Jo were missionaries in Jerusalem for two years in the late ‘70s, followed by an engineering career. During this time, they helped start a church (Fellowship North, North Little Rock, AR) where they served as leaders and Dru as an elder. After seminary, he and Jo helped plant Lake Valley Community Church in 1993. Dru and Jo have traveled to over 20 countries for training pastors, as team leaders for medical and humanitarian trips, and to explore potential ministries for their church. Dru helped launch a significant water project in Zimbabwe for Rotary International. Dru now travels to Haiti several times a year for the business and pastor training project. He and his team are currently assessing their next project commitments. He continues to preach about half of the time at Lake Valley, and is currently leading the elders through a re-visioning process.

Dru and Jo have three children and five grandchildren. So far, they are almost all artists and not engineers. Dru and Jo love to travel and love to start projects – including churches and businesses. They have started four businesses and two churches – so far! They are also remodeling their 1920’s historic bungalow. Dru enjoys boats and competitive clay target shooting when he has the time, while Jo loves planning parties and hospitality events for friends, family and community.

Pastor
Morgan Golden