Rob Roozeboom is passionate about helping people find Hope! He’s the founder and president of RISE Ministries, Inc. in Sheldon, Iowa. Rob didn’t let a Muscular Dystrophy diagnosis at age 5 slow his ambitions. By 2005, he and his team launched RiseFest through RISE Ministries. RiseFest is a Christian Music Festival that showcases the nation’s top Christian artists and speakers and hosts more than 18,000 people over 2 days.
In 2020, Rob and the RISE team created a podcast called Enjoying the Journey which features real-life stories of people overcoming adversity through Jesus. Rob has interviewed pro athletes, authors, psychologists, evangelists, pastors, and more. Rob and the team also produce an online video series called, "Stories of Strength," and annual TV broadcasts for Christmas and Good Friday that now reach thousands of people.
Rob is sought out to share his story and bring Jesus’ message of hope to communities, businesses, and prominent events nationwide. In 2001 and 2002, he was featured on the National Jerry Lewis MDA Telethon, was named a Goodwill Ambassador for the state of Iowa in 2005, and was named a Service to HumanKind Award recipient by Northwestern College in 2008. He now sits on the Christian Festival Association (CFA) board, continues to grow RiseFest and RISE Ministries, and delivers his message of hope nationwide. Rob currently lives in Sheldon with his wife, Sharla, a kindergarten teacher, and their three kids: son, Jager (19), and daughters, Riley (16) and Aidan (14).