(Reaching Orlando with Compassion and Kindness)
ROCK Ministries was formed when the world of Brian and Suzette Wood was “rocked” and turned upside down. Brian lost his full-time job and within several months Suzette’s position at the Greater Orlando Baptist Association was eliminated. After much prayer, we knew that God had called us to Resort Ministries in Orlando and we did not hear His voice telling us to leave. With 59 million visitors coming to Orlando every year this is a HUGE mission field and there is much to be done. We applied with the North American Mission Board to change our classification from full-time missionary to Mission Service Corps volunteers. First Baptist of Orlando requested us to be MSC serving in Orlando. This means that we must raise all of our own support and funds for the ministry. We stepped out in faith trusting that God would provide all that we needed.
The Scripture we chose for our theme verse is Psalm 62:2. “Truly He is my Rock and my salvation; He is my fortress, I will never be shaken.”
The mission of ROCK Ministries is to reach the 59 million visitors that come to Orlando every year AND those working in the tourism industry with the compassion and kindness of Jesus Christ.Our prayer is that one day Orlando will be known more for Jesus Christ than Mickey Mouse.
Biographical Info on Suzette and Brian Wood
Brian was born in Youngstown, OH. When he was a teenager his family moved to New Orleans, LA for his father to attend seminary. They then moved to Lake Charles, LA for his father to be director of the Seaman’s Ministry. Brian met Suzette while he was attending McNeese State University. He felt the call to ministry during college. Brian and Suzette were married and they moved to Orlando on their honeymoon. They fell in love with the city and have been there for 30 years. Brian served as chaplain at a campground for several years. He has also served as youth pastor at several churches in the Orlando area. He now works full time for Disney driving buses at Magic Kingdom.
Suzette was born and raised in Sulphur, LA. She received her bachelor’s degree in Liberal Studies from McNeese. She served as secretary for several churches in the Central Florida area. She also served at the Greater Orlando Baptist Association for many years. She was receptionist/ministries assistant for 13 years and then served as the Resort Ministries Director for 5 years.
Suzette and Brian have two boys, BJ (27 yrs old) and Michael (25 yrs old). Michael and his wife Sarah live in Orlando and have two sons.