Author Profile: Barry Rodriguez

Barry Rodriguez

About the Author: Barry is the founder and Executive Director of World Next Door. A storyteller, traveller and giant nerd, he lives to compel suburban Americans to get engaged with social justice and find their place in God's kingdom revolution. His ultimate dream is to adopt a pet monkey named Kevin.

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Recent Posts by Barry

The End of World Next Door

Posted May 19 in News, What's Happening by No Comments

All the details you need to know about the end of World Next Door

May 9 Global Leadership Seminar

Posted Mar 18 in News by No Comments

Join us for a one-of-a-kind event and meet leaders from 6 of our international partner ministries!

Save the Date!

Posted Dec 31 in News by No Comments

You don’t want to miss this extraordinary, one-of-a-kind event!

Major Announcement

Posted Oct 27 in News by No Comments

Huge changes are ahead for World Next Door. Take a look at what’s coming down the road for this ministry!

Looking Ahead

Posted Aug 18 in Articles by 5 Comments

Some major changes are in store for World Next Door. Here’s what’s on the horizon.

The Guatemala Issue!

Posted Jul 23 in News by No Comments

See how God is breaking the cycle of poverty in rural Guatemala through World Next Door’s newest partner ministry, Saber y Gracia!

Goodbye Peter

Posted Jul 03 in Articles, News by 2 Comments

A dear soul has departed to be with Jesus. His life was a powerful story of the kingdom of God.

No Going Back

Posted Jun 17 in Articles by 4 Comments

How a terrible two week missions trip to Guatemala turned into a passionate life-long calling

Why I Go

Posted Jun 13 in Articles by No Comments

Long before I began living in slums, sleeping in refugee camps, and eating tarantula and goat brains, I was a picky-eating, comfort-loving, video-game-playing suburban kid. And I was miserable.

Meet the Interns

Posted Jun 09 in News by 2 Comments

Get to know the 2014 summer internship team!

Additional Authors

We're excited to have some amazing authors as part of the World Next Door family. Check out their stories and learn more about their travels.

  • Barry Rodriguez Barry is the founder and Executive Director of World Next Door. A storyteller, traveller and giant nerd, he lives to compel suburban Americans to get engaged with social justice and find their place in God's kingdom revolution. His ultimate dream is to adopt a pet monkey named Kevin.
  • Anna Teeter Anna Teeter is a summer intern with World Next Door. She is a student at Indiana University majoring in photojournalism and studio art. She enjoys creating, traveling, and piano playing.
  • Brad Miller Brad Miller is a year-long fellow with WND. A student of Psychology, Biology, and Theatre, he's worked as an actor, teacher, balloon artist and last-minute fill-in guy for any number of projects. He loves camping and tinkering with broken and discarded things. Brad's passion in life is to unleash the potential in others.
  • Bridgette Tilyou Bridgette was a summer intern with World Next Door in 2011. She graduated from Indiana University in 2004 with degrees in Journalism and Italian. She loves live music, good books, daylight savings time, and eating local wherever she is.
  • Brooke Hartman Brooke Hartman is a year-long journalism fellow with World Next Door. In her other life, she was a clinical social worker, counselor, and disaster mental health graduate from Tulane University in New Orleans. Her favorites are: creative writing, travel, photography, weather patterns, and eating dessert. Any cupcake, any time.
  • Calah Schlabach Calah Schlabach is a freelance journalist with World Next Door. She graduated from Calvin College in 2009 with a degree in English and a concentration in long-distance running, then spent a year volunteering in Hanoi, Vietnam. She doesn't know what the next turn her life will be, but is planning to make sure it includes sampling plenty of strange/delicious food!
  • Chris Cambell Christopher N. Cambell was a summer intern with World Next Door in 2010. He is a graduate of the Moody Bible Institute and an avid reader. He has an endless appetite for stories both true and otherwise and loves using those to better know and understand people.
  • Christine Sullivan Christine Sullivan was a summer intern with World Next Door in 2009. She graduated in 2009 from Taylor University with a bachelor's degree in Studio Arts. She loves finding beauty in the unseen and overlooked and is passionate about bringing stories of injustice to light.
  • Clayton Thompson Clayton is a WND intern in Kenya. He just graduated from Lee University in Tennessee where he majored in digital media. He doesn’t know what he’s doing next, but it’s going to be awesome. He also appreciates good stories by big fireplaces.
  • Curtis Honeycutt Curtis is a journalist and board member with World Next Door. He graduated in 2003 with a bachelors in religious studies from the University of Oklahoma. He has a strong desire to see the local church engage in issues of social justice.
  • Daisha Ruhl Daisha is the Office Manager for World Next Door. She was a bit of a nomad in her 20s, living in Bloomington, Orlando, Pasadena, Vegas and most recently putting roots down in Indianapolis (for now). Her loves are travel, live music, book series, food pairings, & supporting local businesses. p.s. – it’s pronounced “Day-shuh.”
  • Hannah Warstler Hannah Warstler is a summer intern with WND. She graduated from Taylor University where she gained an interest in ethnic reconciliation and managed to study abroad four times. When she is not exploring, Hannah enjoys kite-flying, board games, playing the kazoo, and generally being a goof.
  • Jeff Hartman Jeff Hartman is a year-long fellow with WND. Jeff has degrees in physical therapy and public health and has worked in numerous countries around the world. Jeff has an eye for photography and is willing to do almost anything to get “the shot.”
  • Jen Gunnels Jen Gunnels is a 2012 summer intern. She graduated in 2005 from Indiana University, where she studied journalism, political science and IU basketball. She loves sports, country music and the state fair and after feeling a stirring in her heart to leave her cubicle and go write, she is doing just that!
  • Jessica Shewan Jessica Shewan is a journalist with World Next Door. She graduated in 2009 from The University of Evansville with a bachelor's degree in History. She loves making new international friends and is passionate about seeing the global church pursue justice and peace!
  • Jocelyn Post Jocelyn is a freelance photojournalist with World Next Door. She studied Creative Writing and Missions at Concordia University Irvine. She enjoys reading, writing and traveling. She also likes butterflies.
  • Joe Jasin Joe is a 2014 WND intern. Born in Arizona, Joe has lived in Indiana for as long as he can remember and is a true Hoosier, doubly since finishing his second year at Indiana University. He currently has no plans for life after finishing his non-profit management degree, but will be well prepared should a robot OR zombie apocalypse strike. A wanna be renaissance-man, he dabbles in ultimate frisbee, cross country, writing, and guitar.
  • Julie Bergman Julie is a World Next Door intern currently in Nairobi, Kenya. She will be a senior at Cedarville University pursuing a degree in Business Marketing. Julie will kick your butt in a game of Euchre, loves a good cup o’ joe, and has a ridiculously irrational fear of birds.
  • Kelly Voight Kelly Voight is World Next Door’s Communications Coordinator. Experienced in journalism and in love with travel, she desires to shed light on social injustices around the world. Kelly has never met a pizza she didn’t like, loves camping and has never told a short story in her life. She also plays a mean washboard.
  • Krystallin Baker Krystallin was a summer intern with World Next Door in 2010. She is currently a senior at Moody Bible Institute majoring in Communication Studies. After graduation, she hopes to spend her life pursuing justice for the oppressed. She loves adventure and chases tornadoes on her time off.
  • Laura Stump Laura is a journalism fellow with World Next Door. She graduated from the University of Arizona, Tucson with a degree in Animal Sciences and a minor in Spanish. She is constantly learning, making friends, dancing, and trying to understand her role in alleviating the suffering of others. Laura also attracts a lot of awkward situations.
  • Laura Anderson Laura is a 2014 WND Intern. Born and raised in St.Paul, Minne-snow-ta, but has spent the last three years of her life in Indianapolis as a Butler Bulldog studying Media, Rhetoric & Culture. Laura enjoys learning about tigers, coffee bean roasting, and international politics. She has vast knowledge in the history of rap music and Boy Meets World.
  • Lauren Schneider Lauren Schneider was a summer intern with World Next Door in 2010. She is a Journalism/Mass Communications major at Samford University in Birmingham, AL. Lauren loves writing and photography and could eat Chick-fil-A every day for the rest of her life.
  • Maeven Mendoza Maeven Mendoza is a freelance journalist with World Next Door. She graduated in 2009 from Indiana Wesleyan University with a bachelor’s degree in International and Community Development, and is now pursuing a master’s in Social Work from Indiana University.
  • Molly Meyer Molly Meyer was a summer intern with World Next Door in 2011. She currently attends Indiana Wesleyan University where she’s studying Journalism and International Relations. She loves discovering how God can work his grace through every story, no matter the circumstances.
  • Sarah Bonthuis Sarah Bonthuis is a summer intern with World Next Door. A recent graduate of Calvin College where she majored in English and Communication, Sarah is passionate about gender equality, traveling, writing, and good coffee. She's not quite sure what the future holds but she's pretty sure it will be a crazy, unpredictable, divinely-directed adventure.
  • Sarah Snodgrass Sarah is a journalism fellow with World Next Door. She has her undergraduate degree in Business Communication from Azusa Pacific University in Southern California and is currently working on her Masters degree in Organizational Leadership. Sarah recently finished a two and a half year assignment working for an anti-trafficking NGO in Kathmandu, Nepal, where she had the opportunity to mentor and lead college students in ministry abroad. She is mildly obsessed with Jeopardy, coffee, running, and the Atlanta Falcons.
  • Scott Quigley Scott Quigley was a summer intern with World Next Door in 2009. He is a Junior at American University majoring in Anthropology. Scott loves studying international cultures and has a mortal fear of vending machines.
  • Stephen Crane Stephen Crane is a year-long fellow with World Next Door. He has a bachelor's degree in theology from Calvin College and a master's degree in journalism from Indiana University. He has a passion for overlooked places and people and would snowboard at all times if it were possible!
  • Tara Bender Tara is World Next Door's graphic designer. Before joining the WND team, she was a middle school teacher in Nashville, TN and a visual journalist in Asbury Park, NJ. When Tara's not designing, she's usually crafting or playing with her dog, Gretta, and there's a 100% chance that she's dancing and/or giggling right now.
  • Tyler Perrott Tyler is a summer intern with World Next Door for 2012. He is currently studying Social Work at IUPUI. He has a hope to see social justice take place in this world through the transforming love of Christ. He loves working out, playing sports, and sometimes thinks he is still going to be a professional athlete. He also listens to Taylor Swift more than he cares to admit.
  • Weekend of Service Team Every year, Grace Community Church in Noblesville, Indiana shuts its doors, cancels its services and sends its congregation out to do service projects all over the city. This team of volunteer journalists from Grace’s congregation told some of the stories from the weekend.