Where were you born?

Puerto Rico

When and how did you come to know Jesus Christ?

During every single one short journey in my life, I have been experiencing many changes that I have no doubt God has had a plan to fulfill something in my existence. I grew up in a Christian family environment; I thank God for my parents who put forward me many tools that have facilitated my genuine passion for doing the will of God.

When I became an adolescent, started the time to make my own decisions for Christ, which was the time I found a group of cadets that would help me putting away bad influences from my friends around me, encouraging me and promoting good moral values, self-esteem, and love of Christ. At that time, it was one of the most significant experiences because I knew more about God and myself.

Describe your personal journey that led you to ordination. Include education, training, mentoring, service, and giftedness.

When I was 18 years old, God put a special enthusiasm to join Youth with a Mission (YWAM), a missionary organization in order to be taking the Discipling Training School (DTS). Through this school, I learned about God’s nature and character and God’s intention for individuals, peoples and nations. They taught me to see all of life from God’s perspective. I gained understanding about sin and redemption, the meaning of the Cross, the Church as God’s family and God’s world. I grew in passion for His call and the great commission.

I discovered my calling to be a pastor through this process and I went to Fuller Theological Seminary for the M.Div. During the last seven years, I have combined studies with ministry work in the church and on the mission field in Latin America, leading groups to communities that have not heard the gospel. Each one of the experiences have positively contributed to my personal and ministerial growth, learning to lead my own life and now serving others with greater efficiency and accountability. The reason of my life is and will be Jesus, not only to know about Him and make him known, but the most important thing for me is to appreciate an authentic daily relationship with Him.

Describe how you intend to fulfill your ordination vows.

“(God) has given… pastors and teachers to prepare God’s people for works of ministry, so the body of Christ may be built up.” Eph. 4: 11-12

I want to continue loving God with all my soul in everything I do. God have been molding me and shaping me for ministry since I was getting experiences from my childhood in Puerto Rico and been ordained will be an important step in my life and specially knowing that I belong to a family of faith.

I am called to lead a multicultural church embracing and reconciling cultures and invite them to a new family culture. I see the ministry God has put in my hand as a cross-cultural and multicultural Church aim to celebrate faith and spread light throughout the nations through practicing love through missions. The growth and religious commitment of the multicultural community in the U.S. presents a unique set of challenges for pastors. I am still identifying and analyzing contemporary challenges facing multicultural churches in the U.S.

I am a Latino pastor looking forward to working in the community with a deep love. As the multicultural community continues to grow and diversify, I’ve been open to becoming an effective church leader in a multicultural local congregation.

Are there any personal comments you would like to make to the Annual Conference?

Thanks to the conference for the privilege to be part of this family. It is an honor!

Thanks to my wonderful wife, it is an honor and privilege to walk this journey at her side.