Rodney Kelvin Sisco

October 7, 1962 - December 30, 2018

Rodney Sisco, 56, of North Aurora, IL., went to be with the Lord on Sunday, December 30, 2018 surrounded by his family and friends.  He was born October 7, 1962 in Philadelphia, PA, the son of Melvin and Debra (Nee Lowry) Sisco. He attended Delaware County Christian School and Wheaton College where he earned Bachelor of Arts Degrees in Sociology and Christian Education.

Rodney married the love of his life, Hasana A. Pennant, on May 21, 1988 in Wheaton, IL.  They have two sons, Juwan and Jabari Sisco.  He was a member of United Methodist Church in Batavia.  As Director of the Office of Multicultural Development (OMD) at Wheaton College for over 30 years, Rodney served as a consistent presence, providing wise, sensitive, and God honoring leadership. Under Rodney’s leadership, OMD has had a strong legacy of supporting students of color and encouraging the college community to work towards diversity in Christian unity.  An increasing number of students, faculty, and administration of color, who have formed part of the Wheaton College Community, have been enriched through his tireless efforts.

He is survived by his loving wife, Hasana, of 30 years, sons, Juwan and Jabari, brother Anthony Sisco (Lisa), and sister Antoinette Sisco-Williamson (Hal), and lots of family and friends.  He was preceded in death by his parents, Melvin and Debra Sisco.

Rodney’s Home Going Celebration will be Saturday, January 12, 2019 at College Church, 332 E Seminary Ave. Wheaton, IL at 11:00 am.  Prior to the service there will be a Viewing, 9:00 – 11:00 am. The service will be broadcast at

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to "The Rodney Sisco Symposium for Transformational Leadership, Diversity, and Equity Practices" at

For additional information please contact Moss Family Funeral Home at (630) 879-7900 or

Guest Book

  • Dr H lincoln douglas Well i wrote one of these before and it disappeared off the web so this is my second attempt. If you see it some where else be patient. I love Rodney and Hasanna and family, especially since they have been so instrumental in our journey especially the part in the US, when we were floundering to make sense of the world. Rodney probably has one of the biggest heart i know, towering symbol of gentleness kindness and friendliness. The size words have been deliberate seeing that he had the opportunity to be otherwise without much opposition. i will miss Rodney, he remains in my mind a huge symbol that the world can be a peaceful place.
  • Marcia Tappin-Boxill As I write this from my home in Trinidad &Tobago, I can't believe Rodney's gone to be with the Lord. Rodney impacted my life while as an international student at Wheaton College and beyond that. So appreciate his and Hasana''s kindness and generosity. Hasana we'll be in prayer for you and your family as you navigate this difficult time of life. Love you so much and praying for you. From Marcia and Theo.
  • Dianne Tappin-Douglas The journey of friendship with Rodney and Hasana began as undergraduate students at Wheaton College. In many ways God interwove our lives through our faith, our marriages, the birth of our children, professionally and culturally sharing Hasana's Caribbean heritage. What a privilege to have know such a godly man who was a true friend. Thank you Rodney and Hasana for loving me and my family over the years and the many times of laughter and practical love at your home. Until we meet again....
  • Marilee Melvin I will miss Rodney my brother in Christ who patiently helped me and the Wheaton College community to understand how to live out Kingdom diversity. But I know he is with the living Savior whom he served so well, so I have hope to see him again one day.
  • Mark Novack Rodney was always so positive and friendly when he stopped into the Mobil station here in Batavia. He will be missed. Condolences to his wife and sons, and prayers to all of his family.