About me

rod - headshotRod grew up in the suburbs of Philadelphia as the oldest of four children.

A graduate of Eastern University in St. Davids, PA, Rod double majored in Health & Physical Education and Youth Ministry.

Having served as a professional youth worker for over 13 years, Rod stepped down from his position after revealing flaws in his character and moral failures committed during his tenure.  Losing virtually everything dear to him, Rod has been working hard to rebuild his life, trust and integrity ever since.

A popular writer & sought after speaker, Rod draws from his deep well of Biblical knowledge and personal pain to encourage others along the broken journey to wholeness.  Applying Scripture, humor and personal experience, his style can reach a wide range of audiences.  He has been published in both local and national publications and is in the process of writing his first book.  This blog, originally intended as a way for him to chronicle his painful path, has since been read hundreds of thousands of times in over 175 countries and has even been translated into other languages.

You can follow his work on this blog or Facebook at “Rod Arters, Writer” or Twitter at: @rodarters.

Currently working in sales, Rod resides in the Carolinas and has three children.

 

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With experience as a professional youth worker, business owner, school teacher, coach, inmate, parent and divorcee, Rod has the unique ability to relate to almost anyone in whatever situation they are in.  His thought-provoking blog about life, mistakes, faith, hope & grace has now been read in over 175 countries and is currently translated in 2 different languages.  A popular writer & sought after speaker, Rod draws from his deep well of biblical knowledge and personal pain to encourage others along the broken journey to wholeness. He hosts a private Facebook group for men (called the Man Cave) and enjoys helping others find Hope in the midst of their painful situations.  You can follow his page on Facebook at www.facebook.com/rodarterswriter or via Twitter @rodarters.

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With experience as a professional youth worker, business owner, school teacher, coach, inmate, parent and divorcee, Rod has the unique ability to relate to almost anyone in whatever situation they are in.  A popular writer & sought after speaker, Rod draws from his deep well of biblical knowledge and personal pain to encourage others along the broken journey to wholeness. You can follow his page on Facebook at www.facebook.com/rodarterswriter or via Twitter @rodarters.

22 Responses to About me

  1. Thanks so much for stopping by my blog. Feel free to stop by often.

  2. OK…so here I am, friend. And yes, I do feel like you’re peering into my soul with that picture! I look forward to reading your work… I’m following you now!!!

    Love,
    Ava

  3. myinsolence says:

    good blog. great stuff! 🙂

  4. Pingback: Rod’s Blog: 2012 Year in review | The Official blog of Rod Arters

  5. Hi Rod, thanks indeed for keeping an eye on my blog.I will be more than glad to do the same…

  6. Jessica says:

    I think we’ve all experienced a fall from grace in one aspect or another. These are not categorized varying degrees by God. What matters is what we do with them, how we learn from them. Your blog is evidence to a life growing upward and outward, which is something all should aspire to.

    • Rod Arters says:

      I do agree, the lessons we learn from our falls is of utmost importance, to ourselves and to God. I have grown upward and outward (well said).. and continually try to grow inward (depth) as well. Appreciate you reading and taking the time to comment!

  7. Ken says:

    Hey Rod. I haven’t read from you for months. Have you been busy? God bless!

    • Rod Arters says:

      Ken, good to hear from you. I have had a rough few months which has kept the creative juices from flowing like they should. Hopefully you’ll see more from me in the next few weeks/months. Thanks for reaching out!

  8. Lee Butler says:

    Hey Rod, I pray you are doing well- I’ve enjoyed reading your stuff here- May God Bless!

    • Rod Arters says:

      Lee, thanks for contacting me. I was thinking of you and your church this week actually. I would like to come back… I’ve been on the road a good bit lately. I’ll email you… Thanks for reading my blog! Please forward to anyone you think would be benefitted by them.

    • Rod Arters says:

      Lee, thank you for reading and commenting. I’m doing ok – it’s been a rough year, hence the fewer posts.

      Hope you are well!

  9. Found your blog – timing was Godly. Need your words and thank you for putting them out there.

  10. Stephen Reed says:

    You are a terrific writer from the few blogs on here I’ve read thus far. Keep up the good work and continue to inspire others. And thank you for the incredible posts!

    • Rod Arters says:

      Stephen, thank you so much for reading and commenting. I so appreciate your encouragement. Please feel free to share my posts with friends/family on social media – it’s how I grow! Thanks man!

      ps. where are you from?

  11. I recently came across your blog from a Facebook post. It couldn’t have come at a better time as I am really struggling just as you have. Thank you for using your past to give hope to those who feel hopeless. One particular blog I continually read over and over. Thank you for allowing God to use you!!!!

    • Rod Arters says:

      Donna,
      Thank you for reading and commenting on my blog! I’m humbled that God is using my past, pain and story to help others. Apparently, God can still speak through an ass today. (Numbers 22) 😉

  12. myredsandals says:

    Rod, I just read your “Before You Cheat” article via the Family Share group on Facebook. Thank you for your story.

    I have been on the receiving end (more than once) of my husband’s infidelity. As I read through each of your points, I can say he’s definitely experienced the fullness of Points 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 9 and 11 in the last 2 years since news of his latest affair came to light and he moved out of our family home to pursue his “greener grass”.

    It remains to be seen where he’ll land on Points 8 and 10, he’s not yet realized that Points 11 and 14 are very likely coming his way with a vengeance, and as it pertains to Point 13, his mistake was in letting his “feelings” dictate his decisions without acknowledging that feelings are fickle, deceitful, not to be trusted and can change as often as the weather; the fact that his cheating felt “good” and “right” took precedence over our marital covenant, a commitment to seek reconciliation, or at the very least, good old-fashioned common sense. As a result, our 38-year marriage is over and our divorce should be final within the next couple of months.

    As for me, the Lord repeatedly provided me with physical protection against Point 12, encouraged me with His promise found in 1 Peter 5:10, and was faithful as I went through an intense grieving process and moved into the place of acceptance He provided for me. Nothing but love, support, encouragement and blessings have come my way since all of this happened. I turned 60 last week and am moving ahead with the next chapter of my life knowing that the Lord has His hand on me every single day. God is good!

    • Rod Arters says:

      Thank you for taking the time to read and comment! I am so sorry for all that you have been through. It’s heartbreaking to realize the full impact that our decisions have on precious wives/children/families. I’m glad you seem to have found some healing and forgiveness as you move forward into a chapter of your life you never expected to experience. May God continue to meet you and allow your story to bring healing to other families.

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