Paul Rhoads was born outside of Philadelphia, PA, and moved to Charlotte, NC at age 8, where his father, Dr. Ross Rhoads became pastor of Calvary Church. Paul was heavily involved in ministry throughout high school, and was called to full-time ministry in March of 1984 while attending Wheaton College in Illinois. He received his Masters degree from Dallas Theological Seminary and went back to Calvary to lead their young singles ministry.
Paul has pastored churches in North Carolina and Illinois, and also served as an associate pastor in churches in those states and Wisconsin, before being called to pioneer the ministry of Harbor Rock Tabernacle as the founding pastor. He believes that the Lord gave him a very specific calling to HRT, with the vision that it will be a church that stands firm on the Word of God, while also being a church that is led by the Holy Spirit and has a strong community of believers who are committed to love the Lord and faithfully do the work of ministry.
Paul has been married to his wife Julie for 30 years. Julie graduated from Columbia Bible College, has extensive ministry experience and a heart for people. She is a 6th grade teacher at Christian Life School in Kenosha. She also serves Harbor Rock as our Children’s Director. They have three children: Jacob, a sophomore at Wheaton College; Annie, a senior at Christian Life; and Matthew, a 7th grader at Christian Life.