About Rod Redcay Executive Director
Rod Redcay is the founder and Executive Director of REAL Life Community Services. He spends most of his waking hours trying to find ways to impact others. He is also the Mayor of Denver, PA since 2014! Along with serving on Borough Council, he chairs the Lancaster County Mayors’ Association, and sits on multiple boards; Community Action Partnership, Union Community Care, and Cocalico Area Republican Committee! He and his wife, Sunny, have lived in Denver since 2004 and have two beautiful daughters, Ashley & Robyn! Rod’s favorite food is a tie between hamburgers and pepperoni pizza.
Rod Redcay spent most of his adult life ministering to young people. He has a heart for at-risk youth because he says in his own words “I once was considered at-risk too.” But it was the grace of God and a praying mother that kept Rod out of trouble. When his father left the family, his mother got him and his brother back into her family’s church where there were loving and caring adults and peers to provide attention they were missing from their father. Times were not easy but he made it into adulthood, got married, and started a family and career.
Now, he sees the values that were instilled in him at a young age are missing from a lot of youth today. “It’s amazing to think about the times when I was younger and never even heard about drugs in school, now it’s in our first and second grades!” Yes, Rod remembers talk of a spiritual bubble that once kept this small farming community of Lancaster County away from all the negative influences of the world, but not any longer.
You don’t have to think back too far when our small suburban communities were rocked with youth violence. This was not in the big cities, but Lititz, Leola, Manheim Township, and Denver. The Roseboro murder and the tragedy at Nickel Mines will never leave our minds. What has happened to our beloved bubble that was protecting us for so long? Rod has a few of his own ideas, but there is a serious situation of critical proportions and if something doesn’t change soon, we may lose a generation.
In October 2015, the organization changed its name to REAL Life Community Services to better help those in need in our local community. The mission statement changed to, “We do everything possible to connect the community to Hope through partnerships, collaborations, and building relationships.”
One of Rod’s favorite verses is, “And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love Him, who have been called according to His purpose! (Romans 8:28).”
Sunny, who has been with the ministry as a volunteer bookkeeper since 2007, has been married to Rod, our Executive Director, for 29 years. They have two lovely daughters, and a son inlaw, and enjoy traveling whenever they can get away. Sunny has a B.A.in Spanish Literature and International Business from Cornell College, and a Masters in Leadership and Business from WGU. She has worked in ministry since giving her life to the Lord in 1989 and loves to help bring organization out of disorder.
One of Sunny’s favorite bible verses is, “Humble yourselves before the Lord, and he will lift you up (James 4:10).”
Stephanie lives right here in Denver, and graduated from Cocalico in 2014. She has 2 puppies, who she loves to spoil! In Stephanie’s free time she loves running her photography business, going on new adventures, and loves trying out new coffee shops! She has a passion for serving, and a love for people!
One of Stephanie’s favorite bible verses is, “I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble, but take heart! I have overcome the world (John 16:33).”
Beny is Romanian and has lived in the United States since 2017. In his free time, he enjoys spending time with his girlfriend, his family, working on his car, reading and sports. He likes learning about new cultures and hearing people’s stories. His passion is to get to know and help people, especially youth and young adults.
One of Benys favorite verses is What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us? (Romans 8:31)
Mary-Beth resides in Reinholds with her husband of 19 years, Lonny, and their three children Miranda, Ethan, and Logan. She has a degree in Social Work from Millersville University and started serving as a volunteer with REAL Life in April 2021. Mary-Beth enjoys reading, trying out new recipes and traveling to new places with her family.
One of Mary-Beth’s favorite verses is “Be still and Know that I am God. (Psalms 46:10)”. As well as, “Delight yourself in the lord and he will give you the desires of your heart. (Psalm 37:4)”.
Emelia is a Licensed Social Worker and holds a Master of Social Work degree from the University of Michigan. Emelia grew up in the Cocalico school district and now lives nearby. Emelia enjoys camping, hiking, gardening, and watching the Phillies.
Emelia’s favorite Bible verse is John 3:30 “He must become greater; I must become less”.
Clarence started helping at fifth quarter parties which led to Tuesday nights at the lighthouse to an advisor for velocity. After years of volunteer service he has come on staff as a part time facility maintenance manager. He is married to Holly and has three children.
One of his favorite verses is, For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord. Romans 8: 38,39
Kathy has lived in Ephrata since 2001. She has worked for several of the non-profit organizations in the county. Her degree is in education, and she has various certifications in parenting education and trauma. Her business, Scott Skills and Support LLC, provides individualized parenting information to families, as well as other educational workshops. Kathy has two children and two grandchildren. She is a member of St. John’s UCC in Denver.
Deeann is married to Mike and is the proud mom of two Cocalico graduates, Amara and Elyssa. She holds a degree in Elementary Education from Millersville University and an ESL certification. Her work experience includes teaching fourth grade, supporting as a pre-school aid, subbing in Cocalico, leading as a children’s ministry director and being a stay at home mom. She enjoys traveling, learning, trying new recipes and backyard campfires.
One of Deeann’s favorite bible verses is “Now faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see. (Hebrews 11:1).”