“Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, and before you were born I consecrated you; I appointed you a prophet to the nations.” – Jeremiah 1:5
The son of famed civil rights attorney Carroll Rhodes Sr., and being dedicated back to God by his mother Doris Rhodes when he was almost one year old, C. Edward Rhodes II exhibited exceptional, visionary leadership from an early age. Affectionately called CJ by family and friends, the gifted orator frequented churches and civic organizations delivering motivational messages and famous Martin Luther King, Jr., sermons. CJ later received his call to Gospel ministry in July 2000, two months after graduating with honors from Hazlehurst High School. Under the spiritual mentorship of Bishop Arnold Stanton, pastor/founder of New Life Cathedral of Worship in Hazlehurst, he initiated a life of devoted witness to the Gospel.
CJ continued to lead during his time at the University of Mississippi. There he served in various positions in the student government (e.g.: co-founding the Department of Minority Affairs); worked with the William Winter Institute for Racial Reconciliation; and was appointed to the Chancellor’s Committee for Respect and Sensitivity. CJ also co-founded two college ministries and was an associate minister to youth and young adults at Clear Creek Missionary Baptist Church and Mt. Hope Baptist Church, respectively. Though originally pursuing a degree in International Studies, CJ graduated in 2004 with a BA in Philosophy.
In 2010 Rev. Rhodes became the youngest pastor of Mt Helm Baptist Church, Jackson’s oldest historically African-American congregation. In 2013, he was employed by Alcorn State University to lead religious life of the campus and to also teach a course in Ethics. Presently, CJ is a candidate for the Doctor of Ministry in Pastoral Leadership for Transformational Ministry at Wesley Biblical Seminary.
CJ has published columns that have appeared in the Clarion Ledger, the Jackson Free Press, and the Mississippi Link, and is a much sought after leadership consultant and strategist. Civically, CJ serves on the Alignment Jackson Governing Board, and has been a prophetic voice advocating for payday lending reform, youth empowerment, and excellence in education. He is the host of The CJ Rhodes Show on WRBJ 97.7 FM and is the author of Thy Kingdom Come: Reflections on Pastoral and Prophetic Ministry.
Above all, Rev. Rhodes is a servant of the Lord Jesus Christ and is the loving and blessed husband of his beloved Allison Rhodes. Together they are committed to glorifying God and raising their twin sons, Carroll Edward III (“Duke”) and Cornelius Josiah (“Jozy”).