Patrick Rodriguez

Vestry Class of 2024, Treasurer

My first experience at St. Luke’s was just over two decades ago when my then girlfriend (now wife of almost 19 years), Dina, and I attended the 10am service. I had just moved to New Jersey from San Antonio, Texas and was looking for a church home. We’d visited a handful of churches in the area, but none really spoke to us – that is, until we came here. There was something special at St. Luke’s. Some of the people who took the time to greet and welcome us that day are still here.

Fast forward 20 years, and Dina and I still live in Montclair with our two (2) children, one who acolytes (and used to sing in the junior choir) and another who is “thinking about it…maybe.” I’ve sung tenor in our church choir since 2014 and feel lucky to spend time with so many talented and dedicated musicians. In my younger years, I substituted for Charles Hunter on the old Aeolian Skinner organ from 2001-2005. While my organ-playing days are well behind me, I would be grateful to serve on our Vestry and help shape our congregation’s decision-making based on our shared values.

Professionally, I am the global treasurer of Godiva Chocolatier based out of NYC. I won’t lie – the perks are great if you love chocolate, though there is quite a bit of travel with the nature of my role. I’ve been lucky enough to hold similar positions at other global organizations—J. Crew, COACH (now Tapestry), Movado, and PwC—all focusing on cash/short-term fixed income management, debt financing, and risk management. I have a BA in political science and an MS in International Business.

My reason for saying ‘yes’ to the nominating committee was simple—remain and continue to actively participate in our collective faith journey. I take interest in exploring how we can serve under-represented communities here in Montclair and beyond, ensuring we extend our social justice dialogue to the next generation of St. Luke’s leadership, and exploring enhancements to our music ministry.

I’m humbled to share the same space with my fellow nominees and am overwhelmed by their willingness to serve. We truly are blessed whatever the outcome.