Sam Rood lives and serves in Brooklyn, New York and directs the Jews for Jesus training program for new missionaries. He was raised in a Messianic Jewish home. His mom came to faith through the witness of his non-Jewish father and Jews for Jesus. Growing up, Sam wrestled with his identity as a Jewish person who believed in Jesus. Ultimately, he realized that the only way to reconcile the various aspects of his identity was through a relationship with God. He attended Biola University with a focus on Biblical studies, hoping that he could minister to Gentiles. After traveling to Israel, Sam realized that God was calling him to reach his own people with the gospel. After graduating, Sam moved to New York to do an internship with Jews for Jesus; he committed to full-time ministry soon after that. He is married to Rebekah, who also serves with Jews for Jesus as one of the directors of our Children and Youth Ministry.