Founder and Pastor

Cookie came to the U.S. in the 50's as a child from Puerto Rico to find a better life with her grandma. She moved to the Bronx in New York City with a dream of teaching. Growing up Cookie soon became addicted to drugs allowing her to get away from a unstable home and gang life protecting her from the violence that surrounded her. Until the day she finally allowed Jesus to intervene in what seemed like an impossible situation; her life. 

For nearly two decades, Cookie Rodriguez has been at the forefront of Dallas' efforts to combat the devastating effects of gang life and drug abuse on teens. Cookie and her husband Demi Rodriguez were involved in an anti-gang violence program in Dallas, Texas. Demi went home to be with Jesus, and is greatly missed. There renowned impact on the city of Dallas has earned praise from City Hall and the Dallas Police Department

She is the author of two books, "Please Make Me Cry" and "Cookie". She has 6 years experience as a teen challenge counselor; 10 years as a director of New Life for Girls, (a residential drug treatment center for girls); 11 years as a counselor/speaker for International Prison ministry; 10 years as a volunteer for Texas Youth Commission; 17 years as founder/director of Street Church Nu Life(D-Boy) Ministries.