First Baptist Church


Pastor Rodney S. Croom & First Lady Angela R. Croom

Pastor Rodney S. Croom was born and raised in Fresno, California.  In the 5th grade, while most young boys are busy playing sports, the Lord Jesus Christ called Rodney to preach the gospel. He tried to fight “the call” and ran for quite some time. However, the Lord kept confirming His call and Rodney surrendered and preached his first sermon on September 2, 1990. He served in his local church and community for over eight years in numerous areas of ministry.

In 1998, the Lord called Rev. Croom away from Fresno, CA to receive further biblical educational training for ministry. He relocated to Mill Valley, CA to attend Golden Gate Baptist Theological Seminary, where he received his Diploma in Theology. While attending Seminary, Rev. Croom was the interim Pastor of Gospel Fellowship Missionary Baptist Church in Marin City for nearly 15 months. After this, he served as an associate minister and Pastor of Discipleship at Foothill Missionary Baptist Church, Oakland, CA.

As Rev. Croom completed his last semester at Golden Gate Baptist Theological Seminary, the Lord had yet confirmed another call on his life. As of January 1, 2002, Rev. Rodney Croom became the proud Pastor, Teacher, and Equipper of the Saints at First Baptist Church – Palm Springs, CA. While under his leadership, FBC has grown tremendously both spiritually and numerically.

Pastor Croom asked God for the “keys” to the Palm Springs Area. God has been faithful to open doors for Pastor Croom to evangelize the lost, encourage the brokenhearted and to equip believers throughout the Coachella Valley as well as the entire State of California.

Pastor Croom has continually served as the Teaching Director of Teen Community Bible Study for the last 11 years. Teen CBS is an international, inter-denominational, inductive bible study for 9th-12th graders. He has also served as Moderator of the Valley District Missionary Baptist Association, and as Dean of Congress of Christian Education, an auxiliary of the California State Baptist Convention. In addition, Pastor Croom has a B.A. in Christian Ministries from San Diego Christian College and has recently completed his Masters of Divinity at Golden Gate Baptist Theological Seminary.

Pastor Croom is married to Angela and they have three children: Alexandria, Faith and Rodney. He is faithful to God in all that He has called him into. It is his desire and prayer that all men would receive Jesus as Savior and surrender to Him as Lord. Pastor Croom can always be heard saying, “If God has done anything to you, for you or through you, do not leave giving anyone else the credit …BUT TO GOD BE THE GLORY!”


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