Rob Roozeboom speaks at RiseFest

Rise Ministries president and founder Rob Roozeboom speaks to the audience at RiseFest in Sheldon on Saturday night, June 22.

SHELDON—A Sheldon man has been added to the Iowa Developmental Disabilities Council.

The DD Council is a federally funded state agency that advocates for the development of services and supports so that Iowans with developmental disabilities can make choices and take control of their lives.

On Thursday, July 11, Gov. Kim Reynolds announced that Rob Roozeboom would be appointed to the council. Roozeboom is the founder and president of Rise Ministries Inc. of Sheldon, which is perhaps best known for organizing RiseFest.

The council is made up of more than 20 volunteers who represent Iowans with disabilities, family members, service providers, state agencies and organizations concerned with developmental disability issues, according to its website.

Roozeboom is the only N’West Iowa representative on the council.

At 5, Roozeboom was diagnosed with a form of muscular dystrophy. The diagnosis altered him and in the eighth grade, he attempted suicide for the first time.

Attending a Teens Encounter Christ event in high school is what eventually led him on the path to becoming who he is now.

Roozeboom shares his story at speaking events across the country through Rise Ministries and tries to teach others how to overcome adversity through strong faith and perseverance.

Additionally, RiseFest has become one of Sheldon’s largest tourism attractions. Held annually over two days in June, the festival brings people together for Christian music, inspirational speakers and fellowship.

The last two RiseFest events each drew more than 16,000 people.