Serving the Church and Selling Mattresses

Carey Bustard | December 30, 2015

Jeremy Rhoden is the co-owner of a small business and serves as a trustee at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. Jeremy lives with his wife, Catherine, in Louisville, Kentucky, where he is an elder at Clifton Baptist Church.

How would you describe your work?

The short answer is we sell furniture and mattresses, but the type of work changes frequently. The best description would be “knowledge work.” We research, test, interview, train, market, create new structures, and gather data. Often we’re not simply doing the task but trying to understand how to do it better. At the heart of everything we do, we’re interacting with people. I’m always paying attention to the interpersonal communication that’s taking place.

As an image-bearer of God, how does your work reflect some aspect of God’s work?

We focus on the home, with our primary product being furniture and mattresses. Since home is a place for hospitality, security, and rest, we try provide people these opportunities. The importance of rest is seen in the creation account—the seventh day—and the importance of being hospitatable is seen in passages like Hebrews 13:2 and Titus 1:8. As a result of our efforts, people can rest on a mattress or sit…

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